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Discovering April

(Discovering Trilogy #1)

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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  322 ratings  ·  107 reviews
April Landau thinks she has everything she’s ever wanted. Her high school sweetheart, a house she can’t afford, her bipolar tabby cat, and she’s all set to begin her Junior year of college. Just when she least expects it, her life gets thrown for a loop. When things between her and her long time boyfriend unravel, she becomes stuck in a downward spiral of emotion. Finally, ...more
Paperback, 355 pages
Published April 27th 2015 by SL Hutchinson Publishing
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Sarah
2.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Xpresso book tours, and author Sheena Hutchinson)

“No we aren’t… it’s time we face facts, April. We aren’t working anymore.”



This started out okay, but I lost interest.

The characters annoyed me a bit in this book, they both make split second decisions on little information, and then wondered why their lives went tits-up. Why not wait until you have all the information to fly off the handle? Wh
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Aditi
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Sometimes you have to kind of die inside in order to rise from your own ashes and believe in yourself and love yourself to become a new person.”

----Gerard Way


Sheena Hutchinson, an American author, pens her new contemporary romance novel, Discovering April that is all about taking the road to self-discovery, falling in love, and all the issues attached with it. Centered around a college junior, named April whose perfect life turns imperfect with just one stroke of a mistake.


Synopsis:

April La
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Cynthia
*I received an e-ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Review is also posted on Let’s Say It’s A Blog

THE ENDING, oh God, the ending…..

Okay, I know I’m being a tease, lol, can’t help it really.
Discovering April is a new adult contemporary romance by Sheena Hutchinson with first person POV (heroine). I always found it interesting to read a book by author who belongs ‘new’ to me. Writing style is always my first anticipation. I began by reading one chapter first and d
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Sammy Michelle
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Won a free copy of this book from the Goodreads Giveaway and I was happily surprised that I really liked it. The story follows April Landau who is currently in an unhealthy relationship with her on and off again boyfriend Hunter. She doesn't know who she is without him so she rather be in this type of relationship than to be on her own. But when she is forced to deal with a world without him, her neighbor Jared pops back into her life and she may get another chance to find herself and experience ...more
Abbie
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Actual rating - 2.5

This started out okay, but I lost interest rather quickly unfortunately. The pacing was too slow for me, and when things started happening, I still felt bored.

The characters weren't ones I could love either unfortunately, they were pretty annoying at times.
Holly
*I received a copy of this from Xpresso Book Tours for review.
*Review can be found at The Fox's Hideaway.



My Review!
Minor spoilers.

I can't even with how upset I am at this book right now. It started off fine, I was enjoying it. But then little annoyances started to add up, until I was slogging through the boring drama in the book. I mean, it wasn't all dramatics. There was a fair bit of cheesiness involved, as well as very little IMPORTANT and EMOTIONAL dialogue between the couple. And it all add
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Poulami
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I received a digital copy of the book via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**

OH MY GOD, THIS BOOK WAS EPIC! I was so thrilled when I got the email late at night telling me that they had approved my request. I got so exited that I couldn't sleep at all. And after finishing this book, it was totally worth it. I enjoyed every damn moment of this roller coaster emotional ride.

It's a story about April who is a college student struggling to pay her bills and maintain a relationshi
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Chrissy
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
4 1/2 Stars!
Discovering April is a sweet, feisty, fast paced romance that pulled me in.

We meet April who's life quickly starts changing right in front of her, and she's left to pick up the pieces of all of the events that have happened. Everything seems to be going to crap for April, and then her childhood best friend, the guy she hasn't talked to in years, who is also her neighbor, helps put her back together again.

I instantly loved Jared, and understood his reservations about April, but the w
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Cricket
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
First I have to say I truly loved this book. It is well written and the characters are well developed and easy to relate too. I mean who among us hasn't been hurt by someone we love?
April is a college student struggling to pay her bills and maintain a relationship with her boyfriend Hunter.

Hunter is pretty wealthy and a football player and a jerk. April's parent's have moved to Florida and left their house to April.

April wo
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Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.*
3.5 stars!
This was the first book I read by Sheena and I enjoyed it for the most pat. I thought it to be a little too corny at times and a little... immature. The way the characters interacted would've been appropriate for somebody still in high school. The only thing making this a NA romance was the sexual content and their living status. There were also some things that were left unanswered. Like the author forgot where the story was going, may
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Renee at Book Happiness
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this for an honest review.. I have to say OMG I absolutely fell in love with this book.

April is with Hunter who treats her horribly but she stays because they have been together for too long. Can I just say I really felt the need to DROP KICK HIM IN THE HEAD!!! Then thankfully they breakup and April goes through breakup unhappiness all the while right across the street is Jared who she used to be friends with but they grew apart and Jared has been biding his time waiting!!! OMG I lov
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Leslie Penrod
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recived an arc of this awesome read in exchange for a review
I give it 5 fun filled angsty stars I'm officially In love with Jared and April I could have just kept on reading there story and been perfectly happy !!! This romance starts with childhood friends who grow to young adults April has lost herself lost her fire because of her cheating ex hunter ....enter Jared Hoffman who has always loved herald wants to see that fire back in her eyes but when tragedy strikes and Jared is landed in a co
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Shawna
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I had the pleasure of getting an ARC copy of this book in return for a honest review.. All I can say is I am in LOVE! Seriously. I am just head over heals for Jared and he has officially replaced my past loves and become my new book boy friend! Sigh.. The story is so sweet and sexy. It leaves you wanting to fall in love, be loved and to reconsider how you look at love. There are lots of twists and turn in the story line that kept you guessing til the very end. This was an amazing book that I lit ...more
Kelly
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* I received a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review. *
This is a great book and a perfect beach read. Who doesn’t love a happy ever after romance. It is sweet, sexy and fun all in one. Jared, the hero is a tough, self-made man who has had to overcome a lot of lifes curve balls however he never loses his first love. April, the heroine is a college girl who is convinced that she must fit into a mold. I loved seeing the romance between April and Jared bloom all while he brings her ba
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Andrea Heltsley
I LOVED Discovering April!!! It was such a sweet romance! April is a wonderfully complex main character going through some major life issues. I liked that it wasn't about abuse or cancer, or more depressing issues. The author developed an intensely emotional plot with an epic romance that unraveled in a steady pace.
This was a new adult book worth checking out! I look forward to reading the next book by Sheena Hutchinson! Five glittery stars!
Debbe Swafford
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just received an advanced copy of Discovering April a couple of days ago. Needless to say, I was totally blown away with the story line. This book had so many twists to it, regarding a childhood friendship that turned into an ever lasting love. They conquered their past fears and a tragic accident that could destroy their future. I'm excited to read other books tied to other characters from this book. This is a great book and a must read if you love romance!!!!
Joy Whiteside
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be an amazing read that once I started I could not put down no matter what. It moved along at an amazing pace, has awesome characters and a story that wont let you down. This is a must read.
KFForever
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Dawn Vickers on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever.

April Landau thinks she has it all. Her high school sweetheart; Hunter, her own home and her cat! April’s about start junior year at college. Hunter and April’s relationship wasn’t perfect and their little arguments were often witnessed by an amused Jared. But after discovering her boyfriend has cheated, April ends it for good and descends into a spiral of emotions and despair.

Jared Hoffman is April’s next door neighbour. They were chi
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******Nic's Review*****

I was given this Arc for an honest review.

WOW! All I can say is this book was an emotional rollercoaster. The first few chapters had me in tears. April is a college student in love with Hunter. Things are not going well with their relationship. The struggles she endures is gut wrenching. I could so relate with this character and understand her feelings and the utter despair she felt. For April the worse thing was that she lost herself. Jared her childhood friend and next d
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Stephanie
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read. This is the story of April and Jared, friends from childhood and next door neighbors, although we know the book starts with the fact that they haven't talked to each other for over 7 years, since the death of Jared's parents. April has been dating Hunter for a long time but starts to wonder if he isn't seeing someone behind her back. Hunter seemed like a jerk from the beginning and I wanted to shake her and tell her not to take him back after each of their fights and ...more
LD
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Janet
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
April Landau is about to begin her Junior year of college. She doesn’t have many friends but thinks she has everything she ever wanted. Her high school sweetheart, Hunter, the house her parents signed over to her when they moved out of state, and her tabby cat. She works part-time in the local coffee shop to help pay the bills but that is struggle.
During the school year, things start to fall apart with Hunter. They aren’t as close as they use to be and everything seems to revolve around what he
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Eunice Lan
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
In the cover the author show us the real lesson behind this love story.

“Sometimes what you are searching for is right in front of you.”

The book tells the story about Jared and April. They have known each other since they where little kids and they grew up as next door neighbors. When they become teenager a terrible event harper and they stop talking for more than 7 years. Although they both missed each other they grow in their own life. Now that April is in collage and dating her high school swe
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Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)
Where should I start? Maybe I should just say that I had a hard time with this book. Bear in mind, I really, really want to love every single book that I read, and I'm always so let down and disappointed when a book just doesn't do it for me. Reading all the glowing reviews left on Goodreads by other reviewers, I had to wonder if they were reading the same book as me. But to each their own. What works for me may not work for them, and vice-versa.

This book was a DNF for me. I got about a third of
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Joni
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author as a gift in exchange for an honest review.

April has completely lost her identity and doesn’t even realize it until it’s too late. After years of dating Hunter she has become no more than his girlfriend, she doesn’t know how to be her without him. When she catches him with another girl she tries to leave him, but his kissable lips draw her back in every single time. There were parts that I just wanted to slap April silly, all the signs were there that she was
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Tamye Whitener
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adult, Contemporary
Rating 4.8 stars

I’m so lucky honor won out against preference. When I discovered this book was written in the first person and that it was a young adult, I wanted to stop reading. Especially since I thought the lead female was an immature twit. But for some reason, which I couldn’t remember I had not only agreed to read and review the book. I had actively made the choice. So I forced myself to read on. And was rewarded!

Discovering April is the journey of a young woman named April, finding hersel
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Tiffany
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**

The book description for Discovering April immediately caught my attention. I love friends to lovers stories and the fact that they were neighbors, even better. Jared and April had been best friends until Jared's parents died and he closed himself off to everyone. Years later, when April's heart is broken, Jared is there to help her pick up the pieces.

For the most part, I liked Jared and April and enjoyed the story. The connection between th
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Karen Lee
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
April’s life is crumbling around her. The love of her life has dumped her again and this time she doesn’t think he is coming back. Unable to face him at school, she goes to work and back home barely making it through the day. Living in her family home, she sees the disapproving looks that her neighbor and childhood friend Jared gives her as she comes and goes. She knows she is a mess, but she just doesn’t have the energy to care. When Jared suggests a ride on his motorcycle, April feels lighter ...more
Cynthia Austin
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review*
As soon as I opened the book, I could tell immediately that I was going to blow right through this story and enjoy every second of it. I wish it was written in past tense rather than present but it was something that I eventually got used to.
Let me start by saying the immaturity of Hunter and April’s relationship was maddening. I was so thankful to learn that there was some depth to her neighbor Jared because before him, all the other charact
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Krista
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
April has everything she thinks she wants; her boyfriend since high school, her childhood home (to herself), a part time job, and a crazy cat.

While April is struggling to make ends meet she refuses to let go. Her relationship is starting to unravel. April keeps turning a blind eye and justifying her boyfriends actions, willing to settle. But finally things come to an end, and April downward spirals... hard. She realizes that she lost herself along the way, her identity became her her boyfriends
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