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The Sum of These Things

(A Story of Now #2)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  310 ratings  ·  38 reviews
This is an ACE for ISBN13:9783955334710 The Sum of These Things

The Sequel to A Story of Now.

Claire Pearson has already learned a few things this summer. Like falling for a girl is easy. Well, it is if that girl is Mia.

What Claire hasn’t learned yet is that now comes the hard part: learning to trust in this new relationship. And that isn’t easy when no one has ever given yo
Published December 2nd 2015 by Ylva
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Okay, wow. I have so many thoughts and feelings. I just read both books in this series in about three days, and one thing I'll say is that the two novels read like one book, one story. The Sum of These Things starts immediately after the events of A Story of Now, like immediately, so it all blends together. Many of the issues that were raised in the first book found closure in the second, though I never felt as though A Story of Now was incomplete.

Characterization in the first book was really ex
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-absolute-favs, ya
Do you know that feeling where you totally excited but kind of terrified at the same time? Kind of like the start of a marathon you’ve been training months for, you know it’s going to be fine, but you really want that great finish. That is how I felt a few days ago when I started Emily O’Beirne’s newest book The Sum of These Things (A Story of Now #2). I absolutely adored her first book, A Story of Now. It unexpectedly stole my heart, and became one of my absolute favorite books. So, you can see ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well now I have to read all her damn books.

This is an excellent sequel to 'The Story of Now'. I wouldn't say this is a standalone at all. There are way too many references to what occurs in the first book and, if you're picking this up first, why haven't you read the first book yet? Go, go read it...and then come back here...

So many romances focus on the initial "falling in love" phase without seeing what occurs afterwards when conflicts creep into the relationship. Here, we get it in a really realistic way. And the conflict isn't just o
Just a man's point of view
The plot is not so original, as it follows the old romance pattern: love, split, love again.
But the story is engaging, emotionally compelling, full of witty dialogs, all-round described characters, even the secundary ones.
It's a well written YA romance about understanding ourselves and our place in life, growing up, overcoming personal insecurities, finding the courage to stand against all odds, expecially inside the family.
The two main characters, Claire and Mia are really lovable.
I liked this
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.2 stars for both books. They're well written and it's not often I like a book so much that's in first person. But they were tough to get through for me.

When I read a good book or watch a good movie I tend to disappear, there is no me anymore, just the characters and everything they're going through. I'm simply incapable of distancing myself from these fictional characters, especially in this case where it's not only written in first person but also in present tense. So all that angst, uncertai
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read these two books back to back which was nice. There was a LOT MORE extraneous verbosity in this one. The angst was high level! I had to remind self though, that these are young 20 somethings and that the angst is pretty high in general at that age! Overall this is a nice sequel. I would have done 3.5, but rounded up because I did really enjoy the story.
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book and am not sure where to start with this review too many good things to tell! I’ll try to keep it short.

I fell in love with the characters in 'A Story for Now' and my love continued to grow in this book. A big aspect of what I loved about this book is Mia and Claire's relationship which was a perfect example of what a real relationship looks like between two people made for each other. They have their issues and don't always get it right the first time round but con
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Ylva Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

The Sum of These Things is the sequel to one of my top reads for 2015, The Story of Now. The fact that this is only author Emily O'Beirne's second novel highlights just how talented of a writer she is. The last time we saw twenty-year-old Claire Pearson, she was happy and had a girlfriend in the person of Mia Prince. But with all stories that give us the happily-ev
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good sequel. Although it's not really a sequel but the second part of a single novel. And this time with a lot less alcohol!
Bree Paige
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: students
It was sweet very sweet..
I hope the author make an another sequel when the semester start then of course after school and when they become professional. I hope for that.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
it's cheesy, romanti and a light read.
Lu Cas
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
When Emily O’Beirne offered a copy of this book for me to consider reviewing I got incredibly excited! I loved a Story of Now and was very interested to know how this story was going to play out, let me tell you, I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED.

We’re back with Claire, she’s still having problems with her mother but her relationship with herself is amazing, she’s feeling comfortable with her sexuality and her relationship with Mia.

This time they have to juggle work, university plans, family, friends and o
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Emily O'beirne is my new fav author. ❤

May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Emanuele by: Bruna Accioly
Shelves: favorites, 2016-lgbt
For this book and the purpose of doing a good review I will use Agnes' (Despicable Me) words:

- It's so fluffy I'm gonna die!

M the avid reader
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent sequel to A Story of Now
Before reading this book, be sure to read A Story of Now; neither book is a standalone read, nor is it meant to be. The Sum of These Things picks up where A Story of Now ends so having both books handy for a smooth reading transition is my suggestion.
The trajectory of Mia and Claire’s relationship is so realistic that at times I truly disliked Claire and the decisions she makes, actions she takes in their relationship. They’re both younger adults but their confl
Rose Lily
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish I can rate her book higher than 5 stars.

After reading this book, all I can say is "wow". My heart aches and I want more of their story. The story is simple yet, all the characters are likeable. Yes, even her mom. The 2nd book made their feelings for each other stronger and clearer. I like Claire and Mia's relationships. I like how I understand their feelings (I'm single since birth). You can feel their emotions, feelings etc. I felt like I really really know them. The story might be pred
Ruby Ridge
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! I wanted to follow the story of Claire and Mia and rushed to get this book
The first book was excellent but with this sequel Emily O’Beirne hits it out of the park. It is a fairly long book (kept me awake for a couple of nights) but in a good way in that the characters were developed.
Thoroughly recommend these books and also 'Future Leaders of Nowhere' - Emily O’Beirne is a writer to watch (or better yet read)
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, lgbt, e-book
This was lovely, it goes so well with the first book. Where the first book was about discovery this was about their relationship and the high and lows. I really enjoyed it, some things were a bit frustrating but overall I could make sense of everything. I was putting myself in situations and was like, well I would do or think like this. A good sequel to a good book.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I only read the first book to get to this one, but by the time I got to this one, I'd already fallen in love with these characters. This was such a beautiful follow-up to the first book and I really enjoyed the writing, characters and storyline. I kind of wish there was a third book just to keep following the characters. Definitely one of my favorite reads this year.
The lone wolf
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I fall in love with Mia!
Rebecca Knecht
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I will start this review by being honest and admitting that for the longest time, ‘The Sum of these Things’ didn’t really pull me in. It wasn’t that there is anything wrong with the characters, style, or even the plot, as far as I can tell – it just took me a good 100 pages to find something that really grabbed me and made me want to continue reading. If I hadn’t promised to write a review in exchange for the copy I received, I might have put the book down and chosen something else to read by th ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It’s a very well written book. I love how the author is so good at describing those sweet little moments between the leads, just so sweet that I would want to snuggle up with or kiss someone too. I wish for a 3rd book, perhaps when they’re already professionals. Emily O’Beirne is certainly one of my fave authors.
Christine Close
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
was sent this book by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.

I thought this was a novel that targeted a specific audience. I felt it was aimed at young adults and that it would be well accepted and appreciated by them, but also something that older lesbians could relate to.

A novel that deals with a young woman coming to terms with her sexuality and dealing with the problems associated with all aspects related to "growing up", parents, education a future profession and social accep
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Here we get to see the relationship between Claire and Mia actually start, evolve, and then go through some turbulence, mainly because of Claire's insecurities and (view spoiler).

Claire is still trying to leave the past behind, but can't help sometimes projecting what happened at the end of her relationship with Brendan on her relationship with Mia and, obviously, her insecurities end
Daniela W
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: do-read
After reading A Story of Now (review here) I was really excited for the next part. Well and a little bit wary, because a lot of the time second parts aren't as good as the first one. Luckily not in this case!

The Sum of These Things picks up where the story ended, which I really liked. No big time gasps that get explained in a few words, the reader gets to experience everything along with Claire and Mia. And you really experience everything. I've felt the happiness, the anger and the sadness myse
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016, queer, pub-ylva
I read this right after reading A Story of Now. You should probably read that book first as this is really a sequel and likely doesn't stand on its own that well. I enjoyed that book so much - the character work, the dialog, and the atmosphere was so lovely and captivating. But this book suffered even more from the slow pacing. I stopped and started numerous times and finally finished it only because I was committed to reviewing it. I mean, there was an entire chapter about receiving an invitati ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel of "A story of Now" and like many sequels kind of disappoint, this one didn't. It kept the characters true to themselves and developed them more but didn't change them too much or in an unbelievable way. Mia and Clare are two very relatable and great characters. They are very different but I think that is what makes them work. This book is less concentrated on finding their love or figuring out their sexually but more about fining time for each other. They are both busy and li ...more
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Emily O’Beirne is the kind of writer who writes with emotion, not with imagery. It’s not the visual that matters in her book, it’s the feelings that are evoked, and Mia and Claire’s relationship is sure to make any reader feel everything they do. The way Emily writes is just beautiful, and I found myself highlighting line after line as it caught my attention.

The second book picks up just where the first one left off. Claire is struggling with what she wants to do with her life, and Mia is nervou
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
The dialogue and interactions with other characters are the best part!

I went into this blind, so I really didn't know there was a prequel to this. Although it's good by itself, it felt like I was missing some really important backstory (which I was) or characterization (that too) or setting, or inner motivations, or... something.

It's good. Read the books in order!
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