“Just because my pain isn’t visible to you doesn’t mean I’m not hurting.”
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Thank you to the author and Henry Holt & Company for providing me with an early copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
Everything in Emma’s life has always gone according to her very careful plans. But things take a turn toward the unexpected when she falls in love for the first time with the one person in the world who’s off-limits–her new foster brother, the gorgeous and tormented Dylan McAndrews.
Meanwhile, Emma’s AP English class is reading Wuthering Heights, and she’s been assigned to mimic Bronte’s style in an epistolary format. With no one to confide in, she’s got a lot to write about. Emma and Dylan try to constrain their romance to the page–for fear of threatening Dylan’s chances of being adopted into another home. But the strength of first love is all-consuming, and they soon get enveloped in a passionate, secretive relationship with a very uncertain outcome.
First things first, HOW INSANELY GORGEOUS IS THAT COVER?!?! I’ve taken so many pictures of it, it’s just so damn photogenic 😁!
Anyway, there’s a few words that instantly sold me on this book, and those are all-consuming, passionate, and secretive. I am a sucker for all things when it comes to secret/forbidden romances. Some readers may view the foster sibling relationship as taboo but it was handled extremely well by the author. This truly reads like a YA contemporary with just enough romance, it isn’t overly done which I can totally appreciate.
This is a reimagining of Wuthering Heights, and I have to say I was a little intimidated since I’ve never read it before, nothing a little spark notes can’t fix though! Emma’s class is reading Wuthering Heights and on top of that her teacher requires that they spend the first ten minutes of class writing in their journals. So what does Emma do? She writes her journal entries to Catherine, of course, which was such a nice touch to the story and where you can see the most similarities between this and Wuthering Heights.
While the synopsis of this story does make it seem that this is more about a secretive relationship it is so much more than that. It’s a story about Emma finding herself with the help of Dylan (her foster brother). Even though upon meeting they have an instant attraction to one another, he does help shape the person she becomes at the end of this story. She goes from being friendless and so focused on her future in the beginning of this story that by the end she has A LOT more going for her. She finds her best friend in an unlikely girl at school, joins the dance team, struggles with which college to attend, and juggles family issues all at the same time. Oh, and did I mention there’s a love triangle as well? Normally, I don’t like love triangles, but this one had me so torn on who I wanted Emma to be with.
Meanwhile, Dylan is dealing with his own issues at the same. See what I mean about this being so much more than a love story? And while I don’t want to touch too much upon his past for spoiler-y reasons, I have to say I really enjoyed his character as well. I was rooting for both Emma and Dylan together at times and individually. I absolutely loved the ending of this book, again I promise no spoilers. But I thought it was super fitting for this particular story.
All in all, this was the perfect contemporary to kick off my summer with. If you’re looking for a brooding, complicated, coming of age love story than look no further. Wrong in All the Right Ways was so much more than I originally expected and I can’t wait to read more from this author.
P.S- the quote I used in the beginning is the only one I highlighted because I was that invested in this story and totally forgot to take notes!
Until next time!