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Just Like You Said it Would Be

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  25 reviews
How do you make something feel finished?

On New Year’s Eve seventeen-year-old Amira texts the Irish ex-boyfriend she’s been missing desperately since they broke up at the end of summer, when she returned to Canada. They agreed they wouldn’t be friends, that it would never be enough. But that was then—back when Amira’s separated parents had shipped her off to relatives in Du
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Published February 15th 2017
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Anastasia シ
Full Review on my blog!

I started this book and wasn’t sure what to make of it at first. I found it slow and took a while to get into the story, at one point I did stop reading, and kinda didn't want to continue reading it.. but I’m glad I did finish it.

Just Like You Said It Would Be, tells the story of Amira that lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but is sent to Dublin to spend the summer with family while her parents are on vacation trying to mend their marriage. Amira is soon introduced to Dar
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel drew me in from the first page and I was not able to put it down – despite it being a Teen/YA novel. It was so well-written and full of different and complex characters that I found myself easily invested in. Although Amira and Darragh’s relationship is definitely the meat of the novel, there are several other subplots going on regarding friendships, family, education, dreams, and definitely disappointments in life. Teen and YA readers will easily identify with the uncertainty that co ...more
Lynda Dickson
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 16+
Shelves: young-adult
When she's sixteen, Amira is shipped off to her aunt's home in Dublin while her parents try to sort out their marriage. Between writing to her dead sister Rana, dealing with her best friend Jocelyn's family problems, and writing a screenplay for her summer screenwriting course, Amira must deal with her conflicting feelings for Darragh, the songwriter, singer, and guitar player in her cousin band. What starts off as contempt, turns into friendship, and then something more. They finally get togeth ...more
Cyndi Becker
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C. K. Kelly Martin's Just Like You said It Would Be is a highly descriptive and deeply affecting story about a 16 year old girl experiencing passion and romantic love for the first time. The passion she discovers in a writing course, and the love comes from a challenging young musician named Darragh. The story is told in both flashbacks and present time and solely through Amira's perspective and over a period of about a year.

Amira is perhaps one of the most most deeply introspective 16 year ol
Apr 02, 2017 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yalit
There was too much info dump in the opening chapters that it made it difficult to connect with the character. I gave it two tries but neither attempts managed to convince me to read on. It's a good premise, but it just wasn't for me.
I love CK Kelly Martin’s books and this one is up there with Come See About Me as a favorite.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This was a new to me author and I picked it to review because the blurb caught my attention. The story was great, the dialogue was well done, I loved the music aspect of the book. My only down fall for the book was that I never connected to the characters or was rooting for them. I did enjoy the book and I liked reading it but I just want to fall in love with the characters. It's kinda an important part of reading a book for me. Everything else was well done and I look forward to checking out th ...more
Sep 15, 2017 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I love CK Kelly Martin's books and this one is no exception.
FeistyFeline Book Review
Let me just start by saying that I've always had a thing for obscure names, names that you don't hear very often or aren't overly popular. It was cool to read this book in that way because everyone had names that were different (at least to me). It was also cool because the book takes place mostly in Ireland, where their slang and word choice varies a pretty significant amount from what we have here in the U.S.

The setting was kind of easy to picture despite it being three thousand miles away and
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-owned, arc
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is sweet and has a heartfelt romance at its core. The setting of Dublin is fun. It's also great that the main character, Amira, is mixed race. One problem is the plot. It centers on the romance, which is fine, but even in the relationship, not much happens between the two characters. There are a few scenes where the two really opened up to each other, developing their bond, but I never felt that anything specifically
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Just Like You Said is a YA novel that spans relationships of several characters and their subplots with Amira and Darragh being the main focus. Amira is whisked off to Dublin so that her parents can try to make a go of their relationship. In the meantime Amira is trying to find herself and make a go of life. This book reminds us all of our experiences as teenagers the lifestyles that we embraced while trying to figure out what life has to offer us when we become adults.
Kim F
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting sexy read. I could not put it down. Wonderfully written with strong characters. I want to read more from this author. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 stars
J.R. Tyger
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not even sure what to say about Amira. She drove me almost insane trying to figure her out. I wanted to get inside her head and figure out what she was thinking, the exact thoughts she had the moment her eyes landed on Darragh. I was mad when she had to leave Ireland and head back home to Canada. I wanted her to stay but I know if she stayed, then there was no way Amira and Darragh's story would've went this way.

So Amira has been banished to her aunt and uncle's in Dublin for the summer whil
Cheri Sweeney
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five stars!

I adored this novel. I fell in love with the characters so easily. They felt like old friends. This was deep but still easy to read. I could not put it down!
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YA. He may not have been hot in a South American soccer player sense, but he had this blue-eyed, pale boy musician thing happening in a pretty big way. (page 39)

In Just Like You Said It Would Be, Toronto-raised Amira gets sent to Ireland so her separated parents can figure out what they want to do with their relationship. Meanwhile, her friend back home is dealing with a family upheaval and Amira feels she might be partly to blame. Stuck in Ireland with nothing to latch onto, she's floating into
Vera Neves (Sinfonia dos Livros)
Already missed writing an opinion in English again.
This is the first book I read from this author. I have to be honest and admit that it was not very easy to connect with the book and the story. It has a somewhat slow and strange beginning, but gradually it was able to attract my attention and, consequently, my four stars in the classification.
Basically and without ruining the reading to anyone putting spoilers in the opinion, this is the story of the young Amira and when she falls seriously in
Alison bell
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

My Review

I started this book and wasn't sure what to make of it at first. I found it started quite slow and took a while to get into the story, there was lots of information to set the scene. I felt that took up a lot of the book but I percivered with it and found it a really good and interesting book.
The book is set around a 16 year old girl Amira who lives in Toronto, Canada with her parents and has lots of friends, she has a desire to be a screen writer.
Her parents have a few problems and de
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh to be a teen again.....This book had me turning pages at a rate of knots once I got into it. The beginning was a little slow but it soon picked up pace. Amira's story, her meeting Darragh and their journey together and apart had me at every page.

The roller coaster of emotions, your first love and all the notions that go through your head and heart in that relationship are all in this book. Nostalgic yet painful. 

The extra added touches of Rama supporting Amira, her existing friendships back
Amira is a teen on the cusp of womanhood and she falls in love. Is there anything more potent, more intoxicating than first love? What I love about this diverse story is that like me, Amira lives in Toronto and also like me, she is Irish. Well, half Irish, and those things made me connect to her on a personal level.

Additionally, I loved the geography of the book, especially that most of it took place in Ireland. It gave the story a magical, almost ethereal quality at times and yet, it was also f
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Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cast of characters within this book and their complexity and diversity stole the show. The primary focus of the novel is the relationship between the two protagonists, Amira and Darragh. However, the subplots and relationships between these different characters were really engaging and kept you reading through this contemporary novel. The music is almost a character itself within the novel and was an amazing element for this book. The plot of the book was engaging for me but the pacing was a ...more
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Jul 26, 2018
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Amira’s parents decide to take a cruise in order to see if they could patch up their relationship/marriage before they call it quits. So they send Amira to Ireland to spend the summer with her Aunt and Uncle and her cousin Zoey. Of course Amira doesn’t want to go to Ireland to stay with people she has only seen a few times in her life she wants to stay at home with her friend Joss in Canada. Besides Joss’ brother is on trial for dui and hitting a woman and Amira wants to be there for her.

While i
Deborah Joy
rated it it was ok
Nov 20, 2017
Bianca ღ
rated it it was ok
Sep 16, 2017
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story I thought the end was a little sudden like it could have used another chapter after all the detail that the rest of the book had. The characters were really interesting and had lots of details that make them like a friend. So while I liked the ending I would have just liked a little more
Pamela Hubbard
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Morgan Lovell
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Feb 10, 2018
DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC of this book for a blog tour and honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. I love how it passed between two times. The past and the present. Then and Now. My heart shattered quite a bit from reading the story. The heartbreak. I love that one of the characters is in (from) Dublin. I love Ireland and I wish I could go there.
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