SWEAR ON THIS LIFE by Renee Carlino


When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

My thoughts

I have to admit that I have let this book stay on my TBR list for a loooooooong time. And I did regret it because the whole read is so easy and it is so hard to let the book down, that includes me staying up late reading just to finish this book.

If I were to summarize this book, well, it would be the book that describes MY LIFE and the book that I’m about to write but don’t have any idea how to put the words together. Hahaha. Literally because I can relate to Emi (or Em) but our difference would be is that, Emi had enough courage to talk to Jase and ask about what happened between what was written in the book and what happened to the both of them.

Swear on This Life is the book that I am going to read over and over so 5/5 stars! *wink*


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