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Is This Me? (Being Me #1) by Tricia Copeland

Is This Me?, Being Me, Tricia Copeland, new adult, book review, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I bought a print copy at Penned Con 2016.
Genre: New Adult, College
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: May 29, 2015

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Freshman year at her top college pick with her best friends is her dream come true. But after a crush goes wrong and an injury that is worse than she wants to admit, Amanda's lies are piling up. Is this how she wants to start her adult life? Is this the person she wants to be? Find out in Is This Me?


Having the chance to study languages at Northwestern is a dream come true for Amanda. Having a few of her best friends living close by is the icing on the cake. Since she is attending Northwestern on a scholarship, she plans to keep her grades up, but this plan is jeopardized when she becomes attracted to guy in her friend's fraternity and is accidentally injured by him in a volleyball game. He insists on nursing her back to health but denies any attraction to her.

With a broken arm and heart, Amanda denies she's in pain and puts on a brave face in front of her friends and family. How long can Amanda keep up the wall of pretense and denial that she has built? Does she even want to keep it up?

I am always on the lookout for clean books, so when I met Tricia Copeland at Penned Con 2016 and she told me about her book, I just had to grab a copy to see for myself!

I normally read new adult fiction with a supernatural/paranormal twist, so I was not too sure what to expect from Is This Me?. I expected it to be a fairly light read but found myself blown away by Copeland's writing style and thoroughly absorbed by the plot.

I liked Amanda; she's a level-headed young woman who occasionally deviated from the straight and narrow path that she was following when living with her parents. Copeland did a great job of demonstrating the struggle of maintaining a balance between study and life, and she made Amanda engaging and approachable to readers.

I despised Amanda's crush, Doug. Don't get me wrong, Copeland did a great job of developing his character. He comes across as an unempathetic d**k who has nothing better to do with his time than to string Amanda along. He reminds me of some of the men I've known, and nothing would have made me happier than to read about him taking a long walk off of a very tall building. I'm not too sure if Copeland wants her readers to think of Doug in this light, but I did.

I only mention my thoughts about Doug to demonstrate what a great job Copeland did with the plot and the characters. I was emotionally invested in the story and empathized with Amanda's situation.

My fully-grown adult self alternated between denial and wondering if I felt and acted like the characters did when I was 18-, 19-, or 20-years old. I'll just say that Copeland did a wonderful job with the plot's and setting's realism and leave it at that.

I half-expected Is This Me? to be a fluffy read; however, it is pretty substantial and touches on several issues that young adults face when out on their own for the first time. It is also clean and brings up the issue of sex before marriage without coming across as preachy or goody-goody.

The book is marketed as "new adult;" however, I think a girl as young as 16 could read this pretty easily while avoiding bringing up issues that parents haven't already discussed with her. I have a sister-in-law who is still in high school and a Catholic; I could easily gift her this book for Christmas, in front of the entire family, without worrying about the content.

I have the other books in the series, so I'm definitely looking forward to reading them and sharing my thoughts with you!

Is This Me? by Tricia Copeland is currently available to download for free at the following retailers, so grab yourself a copy!

About Tricia Copeland

Tricia Copeland, author of Is This Me?, On My Kindle Book Reviews
Tricia Copeland, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
Tricia Copeland grew up in Georgia and now lives with her family Colorado. Her contemporary adult Being Me series includes Is This Me?, If I Could Fly, and Being Me. Her first YA paranormal work Drops of Sunshine first appeared in Spellbound. She has another YA work Lovelock Ones: Native One in The Butterfly Box.
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I also found out that The Butterfly Box, an anthology of new adult novellas, is being released today! Tricia's novella, Native One, is a dystopian YA and it's the first story in the anthology. Proceeds from The Butterfly Box benefit Doctors Without Borders and the book will be only $0.99 for its first two weeks on the market!

To find out more about The Butterfly Box and Native One, visit Goodreads or the New Releases page on Tricia's website.

Have you read any of Tricia Copeland's books? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.