The Places I’ve Cried in Public

by Holly Bourne

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5)

Trigger warning – Emotional Abuse

Amelie has moved to a new town, away from her friends and boyfriend, promising to pick up where they left off after finishing college. Soon she meets Reese though and falls head over heels for him. Unfortunately, the happy times don’t last, and later Amelie finds herself retracing all the places where he’s made her cry in public. 

The Places I’ve cried in public, by Holly Bourne, holds a powerful message about love and learning that sometimes what might seem like love isn’t love at all. Holly Bourne has instantly become one of my favorite authors! Her writing style is amazing. The past and present seamlessly merge together into a heartbreaking story. It made me want to be able to intervene in Amelie’s life and tell her when she’s making a mistake, trying to save her from what happens to her. At one point I couldn’t stop reading, as I had to know how it ended. Even though this story is full of triggers, I hope that young people that are, or have been, in a similar situation to Amelie, will draw strength from this story and gain the courage to choose for themselves. 

Trigger warnings: there are more trigger warnings than just for emotional abuse, but to avoid spoilers I’ve left them out of this review. If you want more information on this please contact me, or search online yourself.

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