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What happens after The Ballad of Brenda and Eddie?

This is not a romantic comedy.
This is not a fairytale.
This is not what you’re expecting.

Lies, secrets, betrayal.
Marriage, divorce, sex.
Love, heartbreak, money.

Best friends.
Old enemies.

Soul mates.


Happily Ever After comes in many forms.
A WAY TO GET BY is the story of how Brenda and Eddie found theirs.

***For ages 18+ ***READ
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Published May 16th 2016
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Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS******
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}


How was I supposed to live without her? I had no idea how I was going to face the next hours much less the endless years to come. Actual tears gathered behind my eyes as I let out with a choppy breath, the pain in my chest an unbearable ache.


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T. Torrest is one of my favorite authors. I became a fangirl over her when I first read her book, REMEMBER WHEN. To this day, it is still one of my all-time most treasured series. You can never accuse
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Jennifer Kyle
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4 Italian Restaurant STARS

”Eddie and I were the love of each other’s lives.”

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Fans of Billy Joel ever wondered what happened to Brenda and Eddie once the song ended?

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Tina Torrest takes this famous couple and gives them life as Brenda Rinetti and Wilson Joel Edwards. The two main characters married for love very young and struggle financially to the point where they call it quits.

”You’re not a disappointment. You’re…You’re everything. It’s our life together that hasn’t lived up to my dreams."
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Donna ~ The Romance Cover
A Way to Get By by T Torrest
4.5 stars!!!

“Brenda and Eddie were the
Popular steadies
And the king and the queen
Of the prom
Riding around with the car top
Down and the radio on” ~ Billy Joel


T Torrest is one of those authors that I can always count on to deliver a fantastic read that will make me cry all while intertwined with great music and time travel through the eras that I grew up in. Yes, A Way to Get By covers the seventies and eighties as well as the current, but this was a step away from
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Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars

“I’ve loved you during every moment since then. I will love you every minute we’re apart. I will love you even when my soul is beyond soothing, my heart is still bleeding. I will remember your smile and your laugh and the smell of your skin, although I’ll be trying my damnedest to forget. I’ve loved these days. I’ll hate the days to come.”

What a FANTASTIC concept and didn’t this show a VERY different and enthralling side to T. Torrest. We couldn’t put this addictive read down for a
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Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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4.5 stars

“I’ve loved you during every moment since then. I will love you every minute we’re apart. I will love you even when my soul is beyond soothing, my heart is still bleeding. I will remember your smile and your laugh and the smell of your skin, although I’ll be trying my damnedest to forget. I’ve loved these days. I’ll hate the days to come.”

What a FANTASTIC concept and didn’t this show a VERY different and enthralling side to T. Torrest. We couldn’t put this addictive read down for a
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T. Torrest
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I highly recommend this gripping work of fiction. It's sexy and funny, sad and frustrating... and brought me back to the 70s and 80s unlike any story in recent memory. The author must be a genius or something.
Alexis
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good! Review to come! <3
Lisa
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow... just wow! T. Torrest, you killed it in this one. Even though I wanted to throw my iPad a few times, I loved every minute of it.

OuteffinStanding!

5 Forever Stars!
Amy
Seriously? THAT is the twist?? WTeverlovingF!!

Here I was hurting for the H and h (if you even want to call them that because they are no hero and heroine), and even though I was angry with Brenda because Eddie was in so much pain, my heart still ached for both of them.

But after getting to the end and seeing what the twist is, any feelings I had for either one of them have completely transformed into loathing.

(view spoiler)
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Roxie~Schmexy Girl Book Blog
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book last night at 1:30 am and I'm still recovering. I'm not even sure how to review this one other than READ THIS BOOK!!!!


T. Torrest is back and she is back with a BANG!!!
A Way to Get By is her newest release and it’s inspired by the song Scenes from an Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel.
When you read the lyrics you will have no clue what to expect. We didn’t lol Its a story of Eddie and Brenda, they meet in high school, fall in love and live happily ever after…
Or they maybe don’
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Johanna
May 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love this author. Her Remember When trilogy was one of my favorites. But I just did not like this. At all. I gave it 2 stars because I finished it, and I wanted to find out what happened. But that's it. For me, the whole story line was ridiculous, and I felt nothing for either of the main characters. Actually, I hated the girl, but I'm trying to be nice. I won't give up on T. Torrest, but this one is not one I would recommend to anyone.
Jo
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing

READ. THIS. BOOK. Seriously. Read it.

I finished A Way to Get By a month ago and I’m still thinking about it. I’m also probably annoying Tina Torrest by pestering the life out of her with my questions and observations! This is one of those books where I would give it more than 5 stars, I loved it that much.

This was a completely different style to Tina’s previous books and I couldn’t get enough. I loved the dual point of view, and also the switch from past to present. The story flowed effortlessly
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Kristine GPI Bookblog


My initial reaction upon finishing A WAY TO GET BY was "OMG...what did I just read...phroawwwww..." and now weeks later, I still have no idea how to explain how I feel about this book, my brain is a mess of conflicted emotions. I went into the AWTGB blind, I had read the blurb when it was first revealed but had only a vague recollection of it by the time I began, brief memories of lies and divorce and love and heartbreak, that in itself was intriguing, in an age where as a reader of
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chloegirl
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A Way to Get By has been on my Kindle for awhile now. I think I was holding off on starting it because of the blurb saying it was not going to be a typical romance story. I've enjoyed all of T. Torrest's other books, so I finally decided to just go for this and read it.

As with all her books, Torrest has a great storytelling voice and a way with words that draws me into the story. This book was no exception. I loved that the story was set in the 60s through 80s, and enjoyed the various pop
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Lisa Anthony
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Way To Get By is a great tribute to a song Scenes From An Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel. I love that the author used her inspiration from this great song to write a story of Eddie and Brenda. The whole book will give you little tidbits from the songs lyrics and will take you back in time to the 60's, 70's and 80's in New Jersey. I love all the nostalgic references like Prell shampoo and Noxzema cold cream. The book is super funny and told in dual alternating POV. Eddie is my favourite ...more
Kristen Anderson
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What does it mean when I really hate the heroine but can't quit the book? Either I'm a glutton for punishment or the author just really knows what she's doing. Or probably both. I don't want sound negative bcuz I really loved this book. But Brenda was horrible. And it was pretty predictable. But I could not put this down. I read it straight through. One sitting. And then listened to Billy Joel on repeat as soon as I finished. I loved the concept. I loved the setting. It was addicting. Solid 4 ...more
Staci
Dec 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was thoroughly engrossed and really rooting for Eddie and Brenda until the 90%ish mark. I'm not going to give anything away. All I'm going to say is that the end of the book ruined the entire story.
Denept
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
took me down the garden path, and slammed me into a thorny rosebush
Brandy Whitfield
Absolutely Amazing book!! Loved everything about this book So intense,lots of raw emotions! Loved the characters ...more
AJ's book-reMarks
At C.O.P.A. Saturday, April 1, 2017, when I came across Tina Torrest , heard the name but didn’t have the opportunity to read her work. Walked over introduced myself, turns out she is a North Jersey girl, just like me, I grew up in Paterson, she lives in the next town up. She starts telling me about her books, WOW, really impressed, trying hard to rein in the fangirling, but it’s impossible. Sold me by saying, A Way to Get By is loosely based on Billy Joel’s song about Brenda & Eddie. ...more
Jen
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Roxie and Jen's Review
ratings 5
T. Torrest is back and she is back with a BANG!!!

A Way to Get By is her newest release and it's inspired by the song Scenes from an Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel.

When you read the lyrics you will have no clue what to expect. We didn't lol Its a story of Eddie and Brenda, they meet in high school, fall in love and live happily ever after…

Or they maybe don't?

What is marriage? Do we have soul mates? If life gets hard, do you stay and fight together or do you just walk
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Andrea's Bookshelf
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with T. Torrest's writing when I read the Remember When Series (if you haven't done that, you need to) and my heart was broken my Trip and Layla. Well here we are again with Eddie and Brenda!

These two characters will break your heart, make you cry, make you hate them, love them, despise them, root for them, and overall be completely overwhelmed by them! Words cannot describe the feels their story will give you. It's been a long time since I've read a book that made me feel so
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Erika
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Way To Get By is a story about Brenda and Eddie, two characters some of us may have met in a favorite Billy Joel song. Brenda and Eddie's current story is cool and their back story, clever.

T. Torrest prevailed as she brought us the obstacles Brenda and Eddie faced in their relationship, set to the backdrop of inspiring Billy Joel song titles and for me, memories. Everyone has baggage. Everyone makes choices in their lives they may not believe in with their whole hearts, and A WAY TO GET BY
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Kristan Kirkreit
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Well that was interesting...
And I sure didn't see that coming... But whatever and how ever I am glad it did.
This book is about Eddy and Brenda high school sweethearts who marry and struggle everyday to make ends meet. The book goes back and forth over the years and it helps the reader follow their love story... So when they decide to get a divorce the reader is just as heart broken as eddy and Brenda's Bff's. You feel the pain eddy is going through... You know that Brenda still loves him... So
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Sian
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book was unexpected!! Tina really is the master at writing these nostalgic type books; this was set a little bit before my time (!) but Tina is the perfect scene setter and took me right to that era. I loved that this book didn't have a linear timeline, I loved the back and forth and gaining a greater insight into these characters. I have to say Brenda wasn't one of my favourite characters ever, but everything gets explained in the end....although I'm still not sure I really liked her ...more
Anna
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another brilliant read by this author.

High school sweethearts, Brenda and Eddie find out that while love is grand you can't eat it or pay rent with it. They marry young out of high school and both work dead end menial jobs. As in most marriages, lack of money starts to wear on them and causes arguments and fights. What happens when love isn't enough?

Alternating POV's and timelines, but they were done well. I never had a problem or was confused. I didn't care for the past chapters as I was
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Jen Zingaro
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was definitely different from most books that I read. First of all, it was set throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s. It was neat to see some of the references that I remember from my childhood. I don't want to say too much about this book because I went in somewhat blind going in and was grateful for it. Basically Brenda and Eddie are high school sweethearts who get married but hit some rough patches. It chronicles their lives and how they cope with disappointment of not being where they ...more
Heather
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read everything that's out there by this author, and was excited when this book popped up in my FB newsfeed. I one-clicked right away, and while it wasn't what I expected I still loved it. If you're looking for something different and out of the norm, this book is a def read. I literally couldn't put it down and only stopped to sleep. The characters are real, and it's easy to get lost in their world. They're relatable, and their flaws make them seem like they could easily be real.
Julie
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
a wonderful read by an incredible author! this is the book about Brenda and Eddie, spanning over ten years of their lives, together and apart. I loved the swapping of the two characters thru-out the story, and esp the changing of the times thru-out as well. even the details of current events made the story line so much more believable from Vietnam draft to roller skating or even disco dancing. def worth the read...and make sure you add ALL of T Torrest's books to your TBR!
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T. Torrest is a romance and chick-lit author from the U.S.; her alter ego writes eroticomedy under the name T. Torrid. Her stories are geared toward readers of any age that know how to enjoy a good laugh and a dreamy romance.

Ms. Torrest was a child of the eighties, but has since traded in her Rubik's cube for a laptop and her Catholic school uniform for a comfy pair of yoga pants. She's a
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