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Days Like This

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  127 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
Sometimes the only thing standing between fear and hope is you.

Almost a year ago, nineteen-year-old Cassie Harlen had a lot to deal with. A stack of college acceptance letters waiting for answers, a proposal from the boy next door, and a mother whose most recent bipolar episode left Cassie hurt and confused. Tired of cleaning up the messes caused by her mother's disorder,
Paperback, 220 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Bookish Group Press
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Marla Mei
Apr 09, 2015 Marla Mei rated it did not like it



1.) Its pretentious writing. I know I'm not an expert on that department but it was pretty obvious how the author was trying way too hard to be deeeeeeep and incite some inspiring quotes but all of that just came out forced to me.
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I was provided a copy of this book by Bookish World Press in return for an honest review.

This book was:

SPOILER WARNING- Read at your own risk!

According to this book, Love means that you'll only find each other truly appealing/attractive if you're yelling at each other. Because that's TRUE romance. Yup, nailed it! 10 out of 10! (please note the sarcasm)

Welcome, Ladies and Gents to the land of Emmeline's nightmare.
On the agenda we will have,
-1 Selfish lady who hurts everyone, but it's okay, as
Rhea Dsouza
May 27, 2015 Rhea Dsouza rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One.
Shelves: netgalley
If someone could please just explain the literary value of this “book” to me, that would be great. Thanks.

There are some books I've come across in my journey as a blogger that I feel like should have never existed. Not because they were written badly, or because of their plot, or bad editing. And because I am a very character-centric reader, most of the time, you can guess what my main issue with these books is.

The people in this book are cancers, and they need to be nuked off the face of the pl
Rachel Harris
Mar 30, 2015 Rachel Harris rated it it was amazing
A complicated story of self-discovery, first love, and the hope of second chances. DAYS LIKE THIS left me breathless. Every word, every lyric, every raw, authentic emotion pulled me in deeper and deeper. Real life is messy. It's complicated, it's imperfect, and sometimes it hurts. But the hope of forgiveness, of redemption and love, keeps us fighting another day. Cass and Graham are two incredible people, tested by life, strengthened by fire, who cling to that hope. They deserve their second cha ...more
May 09, 2015 nick rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

I was looking forward to reading Days Like This because of just how cute that cover was. I had the impression this was going to be a light-hearted NA read, but it turned out to be a very typical book with the running away from the past storyline. I struggled quite a bit with the main character, Cassie, of Days Like This at the beginning because some of her decisions had me scratching my head. I hated how she ran away from places without even bothering to inform her family and friends. Being
Mrs. JesseWard
May 18, 2015 Mrs. JesseWard rated it liked it
This was the first novel I have read by this author and it was 3 STARS read. Easy and quick!

I love best-friends turning lovers and second love chance books!!!

Cassie and Graham are childhood sweethearts who fell in love until Cassie leaves without any notice.
After almost one year due to unexpected events, Cassie comeback home.

The story had potential but I wish the characters had been more likeable, especially the heroine!
I didn't like that both, while being other love interest (e.g. kissing, hav
May 01, 2015 Loyda marked it as to-read
Shelves: owned
ARC kindly provided via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review."
Lelia Nebeker
Mar 31, 2015 Lelia Nebeker rated it it was amazing
I'm not exaggerating when I say that this book will make you laugh, cry, sing, swoon, and everything in between. 'Days Like This' raises the bar--delivering steamy romance, beautiful writing, and a meaningful story of pain, resilience, family, and identity.
Maxi (slothreads)
May 06, 2015 Maxi (slothreads) marked it as dnf
DNF at 15%.

I couldn't stand any of the characters.

*ARC / review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thanks again*
Riley Edgewood
Mar 30, 2015 Riley Edgewood rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
DAYS LIKE THIS starts with a beautiful memory that twists into something poignant enough to take your breath away. The rest of the novel follows suit the entire read. Pretty prose and characters who long for things they don't want to will, in turn, make you long for them to find happiness with every flip of every page. I was totally invested in Cassie and Graham's love story, before they'd even set eyes on each other.

Graham. God, Graham. You can just feel the loss spiraling out of him and the w
Apr 09, 2015 ReadWriteLove28 rated it really liked it


This was Danielle Ellison's first journey into New Adult and she did a phenomenal job!

Meet Cassie and Graham, aka the main character and the boy next door. Yes, they were in love and in a relationship. But unlike the normal cliche, this "next door" relationship didn't work out. It actually ended up with Cassie ditching her whole life to go to college in Indiana! I bet you weren't expecting that- were you? ;) I certainly wasn't!

Something else that was unique was that we, the readers, got to

Erin Arkin
May 16, 2015 Erin Arkin rated it liked it
2.5-3 stars.
I picked up Days Like This by Danielle Ellison because I loved the cover and I was interested in the story based on what I read in the summary. Admittedly, I finished this one up and had some mixed feelings about it and I have a feeling it has a lot to do with the characters.

Cassie is the main character and as her story unfolds, we learn her mother is bipolar and this has translated into a rough childhood for Cassie. The one person in her life that she could always count on was Graha
May 01, 2015 Laurence rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-review

Very cute book! Although it is much, much more than your regular light-hearted romance novel, it still made me swoon and left me happy.

I loved the importance that Cassie's relationship with her mom has in this book. While Cassie is scared of her mom's illness, she still wants to be there for her and she loves her dearly. Having a bipolar grandmother, I could relate a lot to the story, but I think that I could've understood it and loved it as much even if I didn't know this illness the way I
Jae (Bookish Bluebird)
*3 stars*
I had some trouble getting into this book at first because of how I couldn't connect with the heroine, Cassie. She ran away from her first love and from her bipolar mother for what I thought were selfish reasons. She still kept in touch with her mother. But I felt like Cassie left her hanging in the balance since very few people actually knew her mom was bipolar. Then, when she had to go back home because her mother was in the hospital, she ran away from her current life. She ran from h
Shay (The Story Goes...)

- the writing. While at some points the writing felt a little forced and unnatural, I did enjoy the authors writing style.


- selfish characters. I just didn't like either character or any of the depictions they made.

- no emotion. I never felt ANYTHING while reading this book. Not even a little bit of hate for the book and characters, for me I was just very disconnected to the characters and book as a whole so it came off as boring.

**A copy of this book was provided via Netgalley
Jun 23, 2015 Khulood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, read-in-2015
I really wanted to love this book.. The blurb was great and I expected so much more. It took me forever to get myself to read and finish it but things just didn't work for me.

*This arc was kindly provided by Bookish World Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Jul 15, 2015 Daniela rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arcs
**ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.75 stars.

"We were nothing, but we were everything."

This was such a nice surprise! I love it when I find books by authors I know absolutely nothing about, and they turn out to be a good one. This book was just a sweet story about self-discovery and finding that happy ending and the good side of the life you've been given.

Days Like This introduces us to the life of a girl who's had to deal with a sick mother her entire life, a mother w
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Graham and Cass are childhood sweethearts. Best friends for a decade. It's a classic case of girl meets and falls in love with the boy next door. They've got a beautiful small town life together and are on the cusp of marriage straight out of high school.

And then Cass leaves, cutting ties with a brokenhearted Graham and a mentally-ill mother, unable to explain to them the depth of why she left them behind. But wh
Apr 27, 2015 Brittany rated it really liked it
Find the original review here at This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

Days Like This is one of those books that well I'm reading I'm thoroughly enjoying(hence my good rating), but now weeks later I remember details but not a lot. Maybe that's just because I read a lot...Anyhow, Days Like This was more on the darker side of NA. It doesn't start out in the happiest of ways. It's clear that Cassie is trudging through her life. She's at college, has a boyfriend who's good to her, and friends. But
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
OH MY GOD I ADORED THIS - Danielle Ellison made me have so many feelings and I'm really happy I got to experience them while reading Days Like This.

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“On the pretty days when we’d drive, she put the car on cruise and I’d slide into her seat, like sliding into her shoes. It was easy and exciting as I’d steered us along the empty roads. Mom would stand up in the seat next to me. I’d watched her, studied her movements and the delicate way she did everything. I’d wanted to be just like he
May 03, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Days Like This took me on an emotional roller coaster and left me fragile. Graham and Cassie are tragically beautiful. Danielle Ellison spins this heartbreaking story of second chance love with skillfully chosen words and beautiful characters. The story alternates between Graham and Cassie's points of view, allowing the reader to feel what both are feeling. This approach makes it easier for the reader to see how both mirror one another, both in love, both fighting it, and both in emotional pain. ...more
didn't love this one. full review soon.

This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup.

**Note: This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the publisher via Net Galley but that did not in any way influence this review

A synopsis that promised gritty and heart breaking, but somehow never translated the emotions across the words. Basically, the writing just didn’t work for me.

I’m giving the book props for the idea of storyline itself. I love when characters have been through hell, and then ha
Jun 01, 2015 Kirke rated it liked it
Shelves: review
The overall feel of this story wasn’t necessarily a happy one. Cassie left for college, leaving behind her bi-polar mother and an amazing fiance, without a word of explanation. She wanted to start over, become someone new. Even after almost one year she can not let go of her ex-boyfriend, and her mother is still a constant in the back of her mind.

When her mother tries to burn down the house, Cassie has to come back home. Seeing Graham again, only confirms she never let him go and her feelings fo
Liza Wiemer
Apr 07, 2015 Liza Wiemer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, net-galley
Cover: Adorable!

DAYS LIKE THIS is a novel that will keep you thinking about the characters long after you finish. It deals with some very heartbreaking and painful experiences, but also inspires, offers hope, and makes you swoon. It's a serious NA novel that may very well open your eyes to what it's like living with a mother who is bipolar. Cassie is a college student who fears that bipolar disorder might be in her future too. Needing to escape and fearing that she will be a burden to the boy sh
Heather Nighbor
May 09, 2015 Heather Nighbor rated it really liked it
**I was provided an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for providing my opinion.**

Days Like This by Danielle Ellison is a great new adult romance novel. It is a story about first love, self discovery and second chances. It is also a story about family and dealing the illness of a family member. The characters and story are so honest and raw and left me full of emotion.

Days Like This is about Cassie, a young girl who flees her life without a second glance
Kelly Hager
Mar 31, 2015 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Okay, first a disclaimer: I am Danielle Ellison's publicist at Spencer Hill, and we are friends. (By which I mean that she is my friend and I am probably like her annoying-as-hell little sister. As an example, when I heard about this, I whined and begged and pleaded and she let me read the book instead of blocking my email. Danielle is awesome.)

It's told from Cassie and Graham's perspectives in alternating chapters and I absolutely love them both. If you've ever read a love story, it's pretty cl
Apr 27, 2015 Norlin rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC from Netgalley. All comments are my own.

This is a beautifully written book that looks at how a teen deals and handles her mother's bi-polar disorder. It is hard enough to wade through and learn to grow up, let alone live and be the "adult" when you're only so young. That was what Cassie had to grow up with. Faced with the fear of being a burden to her one true love; her soulmate, Cassie leaves everything behind to try and find herself and lead a different life, only to be dra
Kelly Akemann
Apr 28, 2015 Kelly Akemann rated it it was ok
This was a quick read for me - one afternoon. But it was a bit more irritating than I prefer. I do not like when people are uneducated about certain things -like mental illness. I felt all along that none of the characters truly understood the bipolar disease. Yes they understood how it was to live with someone with it, but it was treated pretty lightly and without a better understanding. And that frustrates me. The romance or love story was a bit far fetched in my opinion. Girl leaves boy for n ...more
Jun 03, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, galleys
I received an ARC via NetGalley.
You can't live your life in fear of what could be ― if you do, you'll never live it.

It's good to be back at reading young adult contemporary romance.
Even though the main character here, Cassie, was really selfish and annoying, I enjoyed it. I like the writing technique and the dual point of views.
What I like:
1. Graham
2. June's candidness
What I dislike:
1. Cass
2. Cassie
3. Cassie Haren
May 27, 2015 Anaïs rated it did not like it
Shelves: wtf-is-this-bs
This review was originally posted on Fifty Shades of Books

0 out of 5 Stars

*** ARC granted in exchange for an honest review ***

Almost a year ago, Cassie Harlen left both her fiance Graham Tucker and her bipolar mother behind. While she still isn't over Graham, Cassie tries to move on and to make the best out of her life before her mother's disease gets her.

Graham is also trying to pick up the pieces as best as he can, but as he rescues Cassie's mother from a fire and had her hospitalized, he know
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