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You can’t always go home again. Ellis and Easton have been inseparable since childhood. But when a rash decision throws Ellis’s life—and her relationship with Easton— into chaos she’s forced to move halfway across the country, far from everything she’s ever known. Now Ellis hasn’t spoken to Easton in a year, and maybe it’s better that way; maybe eventually the Easton shaped You can’t always go home again. Ellis and Easton have been inseparable since childhood. But when a rash decision throws Ellis’s life—and her relationship with Easton— into chaos she’s forced to move halfway across the country, far from everything she’s ever known. Now Ellis hasn’t spoken to Easton in a year, and maybe it’s better that way; maybe eventually the Easton shaped hole in her heart will heal. But when Easton’s mother invites her home for a celebration, Ellis finds herself tangled up in the web of heartache, betrayal, and anger she left behind... and with the boy she never stopped loving.


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You can’t always go home again. Ellis and Easton have been inseparable since childhood. But when a rash decision throws Ellis’s life—and her relationship with Easton— into chaos she’s forced to move halfway across the country, far from everything she’s ever known. Now Ellis hasn’t spoken to Easton in a year, and maybe it’s better that way; maybe eventually the Easton shaped You can’t always go home again. Ellis and Easton have been inseparable since childhood. But when a rash decision throws Ellis’s life—and her relationship with Easton— into chaos she’s forced to move halfway across the country, far from everything she’s ever known. Now Ellis hasn’t spoken to Easton in a year, and maybe it’s better that way; maybe eventually the Easton shaped hole in her heart will heal. But when Easton’s mother invites her home for a celebration, Ellis finds herself tangled up in the web of heartache, betrayal, and anger she left behind... and with the boy she never stopped loving.

30 review for Some Mistakes Were Made

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    Wow. This hurt. This book made me feel sixteen again, with all the pain of a teenage broken heart to go with it. And Dwyer has really perfected what I can only call "sad sexy". I shut myself away with this book whenever I could this weekend, in a little bubble of hurt and anxiety. It's been a long time since a book made me feel like this. It made me recall early Gayle Forman books like Where She Went, and Melina Marchetta. I don't mean it's stylistically similar, just that it made me feel raw in t Wow. This hurt. This book made me feel sixteen again, with all the pain of a teenage broken heart to go with it. And Dwyer has really perfected what I can only call "sad sexy". I shut myself away with this book whenever I could this weekend, in a little bubble of hurt and anxiety. It's been a long time since a book made me feel like this. It made me recall early Gayle Forman books like Where She Went, and Melina Marchetta. I don't mean it's stylistically similar, just that it made me feel raw in the same way. It's hardest to write reviews about books that got to me the way this one did. Themes of social class, family (both the ones life hands you and the ones you make), self-determination, addiction, mental health and self-destructive coping strategies all encircle the relationship at the centre of this story. Every single character in this book matters, feels alive and important, and I will miss them all. Ellis has been going around to the warm, messy love of the Albrey's house since she was eleven years old. Over the years, it's become a haven to escape from her own parents, who struggle with addiction, amongst other things. Sandry and Ben became a kind of mother and father to her. Tucker and Dixon became the silly, teasing lovable brothers she never had. And then there's Easton. The story begins in the now and alternates between the past and present, leading up to the circumstances that left Ellis feeling shattered. And me. I felt shattered too. Thankfully we have the wonderful Albrey family, especially Tucker, to add some light and humour to this heart-shredding book. It needs it. The relationship between Ellis and Easton is definitely not the only source of heartache in this book. It's also about caring for someone who lets you down again and again. My dad is not a bad man. Not always, at least. He’s just the kind of broken that stabs and cuts anything that tries to hold it. But, most of all, this book really captures the pain and passion of first love in a visceral way. I pined, I cried, I felt green with envy on Ellis's behalf. I wanted so so badly for things to be okay in the end. Read it if you enjoy books that destroy you.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Pretty cool novel. Completely unobjective review. Come for kissing. Stay for the hope that there will actually be kissing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adalyn Grace

    UPDATE: Official blurb: "Heartbreaking, poignant, and easily one of my favorite books ever. Kristin Dwyer has one of the most authentic YA voices I’ve ever read. Her characters feel alive enough to walk off the pages, full of vulnerability and raw emotion that completely consumed me and had me crying all over the pages. This book is something truly special. It’s been a long time since I’ve read something that made me feel this way. " LITERALLY MY FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY BOOK EVER!! This was so good UPDATE: Official blurb: "Heartbreaking, poignant, and easily one of my favorite books ever. Kristin Dwyer has one of the most authentic YA voices I’ve ever read. Her characters feel alive enough to walk off the pages, full of vulnerability and raw emotion that completely consumed me and had me crying all over the pages. This book is something truly special. It’s been a long time since I’ve read something that made me feel this way. " LITERALLY MY FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY BOOK EVER!! This was so good? The way Dwyer writes characters makes them feel so ridiculously real. I felt like I was living in this book when I was reading it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne Young

    A deeply human story of first love, found family, and the heartbreak of losing them both. With vulnerable prose that is at turns achingly tender and others hilarious, readers will laugh through their tears. SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE is a profoundly honest exploration of identity, friendship and learning to let go. This is the kind of book you return to again and again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Solomon

    Utterly WRECKED by this book in the best possible way. A gorgeously captivating love story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Griffin

    This book ripped my heart right out of my chest then shoved it back in, and somehow left it feeling better than it did before. SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE is utterly consuming, deeply moving, and achingly honest. Its emotions are BIG and vulnerable and raw, and I was swept away with them in the best possible way. A gorgeous exploration of first love, identity, and learning to move forward through profound loss, Kristin Dwyer will turn you into a sobbing mess and you'll thank her for it. An absolute This book ripped my heart right out of my chest then shoved it back in, and somehow left it feeling better than it did before. SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE is utterly consuming, deeply moving, and achingly honest. Its emotions are BIG and vulnerable and raw, and I was swept away with them in the best possible way. A gorgeous exploration of first love, identity, and learning to move forward through profound loss, Kristin Dwyer will turn you into a sobbing mess and you'll thank her for it. An absolute must-read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Isabel Ibañez

    You guys—I try to stay off Goodreads as much as possible, but I’m coming on here to specifically talk about this BEAUTIFUL book. Kristin’s voice is pitch perfect, and the story has so much ANGST (which is how she likes it) and HEART. This book made me cry. It made me laugh. It made me want to immediately pick it up again to read. If you’re a fan of Jenn Bennet, Sarah Dessen, Emery Lord, than you are going to LOVE this.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ivana - Diary of Difference

    Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi I am so privileged to have an advanced reader’s edition of “Some Mistakes Were Made” by Kristin Dwyer. Huge thank you to the team at Harper 360 YA. Synopsis: Ellis and Easton have been inseparable since childhood. Everything they do, they do it together. And Easton’s family also takes Ellis into their home due to her personal circumstances. But one rash decision changes everything, and Ellis is forced to move halfway across the country. I Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi I am so privileged to have an advanced reader’s edition of “Some Mistakes Were Made” by Kristin Dwyer. Huge thank you to the team at Harper 360 YA. Synopsis: Ellis and Easton have been inseparable since childhood. Everything they do, they do it together. And Easton’s family also takes Ellis into their home due to her personal circumstances. But one rash decision changes everything, and Ellis is forced to move halfway across the country. It’s been a year now and Ellis hasn’t spoken to Easton. And maybe it’s better that way – allowing the heart some time to heal. But when Easton’s mum invites her back home for a visit, Ellis is quickly surrounded by the anger, sadness and betrayal she felt a year ago. And also with the boy she never stopped loving! My Thoughts: I was bawling my eyes out whilst reading “Some Mistakes Were Made”. Easton and Ellis really captured my heart. I could feel all their teenage angst, anger, sadness, love and the pain of a broken heart, especially when that happens to be your first love. “Easton is a habit I can’t break. A feeling I can’t let go of. A truth I only admit in my weakest moments.” This book reminded me of feelings I felt years ago, and took me back to a time when I could feel exactly how they were feeling, and for that, I shall cherish this book! “And I have to be careful because memories are like rain. A harmless drop here and there falling against my mind, then suddenly, I’m standing beneath a flood.” Ellis and Easton have this intense chemistry between them, and when they are not together, the love transforms into great pain and suffering for both of them. How Kristin Dwyer managed to capture all those vibes into the pages of this book I will never know, but I am here for it. Ellis was also a very powerful character. Reading about her story and her family, I had so much love for her. Making choices like those is difficult, and dealing with things she dealt with was not easy at all. I unfortunately, may have had the misfortune in my life to find similarities there. I am glad she had Easton to be there for here, even though for only a moment. And not only Easton, but his brothers too. They are, honest to God, angels in every sense of the way. I love how they accept Ellis into their family and never stop caring for her! “Old people say all the time that they wished they’d travelled when they were young. Let’s go on an adventure. Let’s see the world and meet interesting people and eat weird food and live a life that’s bigger than this house and a lake and your parents and my parents.” When I picked this book up, I was expecting teenage romance. And I got so much more! Little did I know, this book would make me feel so many things and bring me back my high school memories in such a vivid way. Be ready for a story that features love, suffering, resilience, family, teen angst and a better hope for the future! I cannot recommend it enough!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katie Dwyer

    The moment you begin reading this book you realize you’ve stumbled onto something special. I couldn’t stop reading it, finding tiny moments in between the mundane daily tasks to step back into the special world Kristin Dwyer created for her characters. I felt as though I saw a bit of myself in Ellis and found myself rooting for her, longing for her to find her path like I wished my teenage self would have. The dialogue is witty and fun, the characters are lovable, and the whole book is a masterp The moment you begin reading this book you realize you’ve stumbled onto something special. I couldn’t stop reading it, finding tiny moments in between the mundane daily tasks to step back into the special world Kristin Dwyer created for her characters. I felt as though I saw a bit of myself in Ellis and found myself rooting for her, longing for her to find her path like I wished my teenage self would have. The dialogue is witty and fun, the characters are lovable, and the whole book is a masterpiece of YA contemporary that everyone will want to read. Now can it please be made into a Netflix movie already???

  10. 4 out of 5

    sam

    couldn’t put it down !! I spent most of the night binging this and now at 5 am I’m a mess of feelings and other stuff it’s so not the time for but Kristin Dwyer I want more. rtc ‼️ » thank you to the publisher for the arc !!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    I wanted to like this book but the MC is such a whiny, entitled, hypocritical complainer I couldn't. she even gets mad that her teachers are proud when she got into university because she did it "alone" like she didn't go to school and get taught. it's frankly pathetic. and everything is a "betrayal". EVERYTHING. I was waiting to find out what this big betrayal was and its such a damp squib its pathetic. Ellis was a toxic person who treated everyone around her like garbage and when they didn't m I wanted to like this book but the MC is such a whiny, entitled, hypocritical complainer I couldn't. she even gets mad that her teachers are proud when she got into university because she did it "alone" like she didn't go to school and get taught. it's frankly pathetic. and everything is a "betrayal". EVERYTHING. I was waiting to find out what this big betrayal was and its such a damp squib its pathetic. Ellis was a toxic person who treated everyone around her like garbage and when they didn't make her the centre of their universe its a betrayal and the worst thing that ever ever ever happened and they're the worstest of the worst and can burn in hell. I finished this out of spite

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    Updated to include a coherent review (shrieking still exists at the bottom) Kristin Dwyer is an incredible storyteller. I knew these characters, I AM these characters—all of them are relatable. Dwyer doesn’t shy away from the pain and angst a first love can hold but it’s paired with such sharp wit and humor it almost distracts you from the heartache. She has a clear understanding of family—biological and found, and is just really, insanely talented when it comes to words. Some chapters hurt, some Updated to include a coherent review (shrieking still exists at the bottom) Kristin Dwyer is an incredible storyteller. I knew these characters, I AM these characters—all of them are relatable. Dwyer doesn’t shy away from the pain and angst a first love can hold but it’s paired with such sharp wit and humor it almost distracts you from the heartache. She has a clear understanding of family—biological and found, and is just really, insanely talented when it comes to words. Some chapters hurt, some give you butterflies, and some do both—squeezing your heart and nearly taking your breath as tears spring to your eyes. If I could give more than five stars I would. I don’t think I could stop giving Some Mistakes Were Made stars. ——— THIS BOOK. THIS FREAKING BOOK. IT IS ANGSTY, SO ANGSTY BUT SO, SO BEAUTIFUL Help I can’t see through my tears. Kristin fucking Dwyer everyone.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel007

    Hi my name is Rachel and I titled this book. You can all bow down to me because it is IN FACT the perfect title. Official review below: If Katie Cotugno and Sara Zarr had a book baby, it would be SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE by Kristin Dwyer. This book is special: a little ruthless, yet so very vibrant and alive and beautiful. Found families, blood families, and first love...SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE captures all of those feelings with such ferocity and aching tenderness. Ellis' voice is painful and tru Hi my name is Rachel and I titled this book. You can all bow down to me because it is IN FACT the perfect title. Official review below: If Katie Cotugno and Sara Zarr had a book baby, it would be SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE by Kristin Dwyer. This book is special: a little ruthless, yet so very vibrant and alive and beautiful. Found families, blood families, and first love...SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE captures all of those feelings with such ferocity and aching tenderness. Ellis' voice is painful and true; her desire for belonging, even more so. Readers will find themselves entangled in Ellis and Easton's romance along with the way Ellis finds her way back to not only Easton and his family, but to herself. Dwyer is a writer to watch in the contemporary YA scene.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    Wow, did this book pull me in. I love when a story makes me feel, and this book did such an incredible job of making me feel every single thing the main character felt. I don't even know how to properly put into words how completely and wholly invested I was in this story, and how deeply I felt for Ellis throughout. I think a lot of us can relate to the way Ellis felt in this story, which is likely why it was so moving. She not only lost someone she felt was her true love, but his family too. She Wow, did this book pull me in. I love when a story makes me feel, and this book did such an incredible job of making me feel every single thing the main character felt. I don't even know how to properly put into words how completely and wholly invested I was in this story, and how deeply I felt for Ellis throughout. I think a lot of us can relate to the way Ellis felt in this story, which is likely why it was so moving. She not only lost someone she felt was her true love, but his family too. She's in a new place with new people (except for Tucker, Easton's brother, who becomes sort of a lifeline for her) and it's hard. She clearly feels so lost, and I can vividly remember feeling like this the first time I went away from home. And of course, when she comes back, everything is just... different.  Ellis's feelings and emotions are just so real and so raw, I don't know if I can think of another book that made me feel so deeply for what a character was going through. And while her romantic feelings for Easton were certainly a huge part of the story, it was far from the only issue on Ellis's plate. She mourns just as much the loss of his family, who had taken Ellis in and treated her as one of their own. Especially important, because Ellis's own family of origin was kind of a mess. Her loss of the Albreys was extra tough for her- she had felt like they had chosen her, and loved her when no one else seemed to, and them reneging (in her eyes) that love was in effect proving what she'd thought about herself all along. Ultimately, the story is about Ellis finding herself, while rebuilding these relationships- if they can even be rebuilt- with people who meant so much to her. But first, she has to figure out who she wants to be, and understand her place in the world, too. Bottom Line: Following Ellis's story was an absolute pleasure, and one I could not put down. I laughed and cried with her, my heart broke and soared with hers. You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

  15. 4 out of 5

    ;3

    3.5 i need to take a swing at ellis

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    I had the sneaking suspicion that I was going to wind up really enjoying this novel - and luckily, my instincts were correct! This well-written YA contemporary novel invites the readers to step into Ellis' life, to bear witness to her conflicted emotions in the present that are tied to complicated situations in her past, to fall in love with her and the Albreys (those brothers got me deep in my feels okay - we all know I'm a sucker for those types of families) and to really get to understand how I had the sneaking suspicion that I was going to wind up really enjoying this novel - and luckily, my instincts were correct! This well-written YA contemporary novel invites the readers to step into Ellis' life, to bear witness to her conflicted emotions in the present that are tied to complicated situations in her past, to fall in love with her and the Albreys (those brothers got me deep in my feels okay - we all know I'm a sucker for those types of families) and to really get to understand how everything fell together and apart. Dwyer elegantly uses her dual timeline narrative to heighten emotions, flesh out relationships and keep the reader hooked till the very end. And the end itself is so satisfying in terms of catharsis and wrapping up Ellis' tale. I definitely recommend picking up a copy to check out, and I'm so looking forward to Kristin Dwyer's next release!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jenn HerBookAffair

    I can see why so many of my fellow bookstagrammers loved this book and highly recommended it but it had some major flaws for me. Number one I hate how its become normal for young adult books to have so much mature content in it. It just makes me feel a little sick. And number two, if you know anyone who suffers from a traumatic childhood and/or co-dependency you might see what I see in this book and that is an unhealthy relationship. It is supposed to be a love story and though it is it is also I can see why so many of my fellow bookstagrammers loved this book and highly recommended it but it had some major flaws for me. Number one I hate how its become normal for young adult books to have so much mature content in it. It just makes me feel a little sick. And number two, if you know anyone who suffers from a traumatic childhood and/or co-dependency you might see what I see in this book and that is an unhealthy relationship. It is supposed to be a love story and though it is it is also a very unhealthy co-dependant relationship between Easton and Ellis. Dixon was probably my favorite character. I admit it was really well written and it's surprising this is a debut novel. It was griping and I found myself unable to put it down even though I actually really wanted to. So I guess that means the author did her job right. Things to know about content: definitely would not recommend for young adult. Language throughout including many *f* words, open door but very short and easy to skip over. Some minor violence. Trigger warnings for child abandonment and child neglect.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joss

    My official blurb: "Some Mistakes Were Made is a stunningly gut-wrenching debut. A story of first love, complex families, and the choices we make that sometimes take us further from the ones we love. Full of so much heart and vulnerability, Dwyer’s writing will make you ache. Beautiful, witty, and utterly captivating, this is a debut you cannot miss. " Holy. Shit. I’m at a loss for words right now. I’ll write my review once I stop crying. My official blurb: "Some Mistakes Were Made is a stunningly gut-wrenching debut. A story of first love, complex families, and the choices we make that sometimes take us further from the ones we love. Full of so much heart and vulnerability, Dwyer’s writing will make you ache. Beautiful, witty, and utterly captivating, this is a debut you cannot miss. " Holy. Shit. I’m at a loss for words right now. I’ll write my review once I stop crying.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Hanover

    Where is my tissue box because I need to wipe away the happy/snotty tears?! SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE is as good as I knew it would be... I can't say enough about Dwyer's skill with language, storytelling, and (small thing) ripping out your heart before diligently sewing it back in. This book took me back to everything that I loved about YA when I was actually a YA. About everything I still love about it, as an adult reader. It was raw, it was riveting, and it just generally gave me all the feels- Where is my tissue box because I need to wipe away the happy/snotty tears?! SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE is as good as I knew it would be... I can't say enough about Dwyer's skill with language, storytelling, and (small thing) ripping out your heart before diligently sewing it back in. This book took me back to everything that I loved about YA when I was actually a YA. About everything I still love about it, as an adult reader. It was raw, it was riveting, and it just generally gave me all the feels--in such a way that putting it down was nearly impossible. Dwyer has a way of using dialogue so carefully (and specifically) that you feel like the characters are every bit as real as the people in your own life. I was DYING (dying!) for Easton and Ellis and I can't stop thinking about them, and probably won't! I can't wait to curl up and read this book again, because it's easily one of my favorite YA contemporaries EVER (seriously, it's that good).

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lauren (thebookscript)

    Its so wonderful when a debut author hits it out of the park. Kristin Dwyer is going to be one of those YA/NA authors that everyone will be excited for with each new release. Some mistakes were made is about 2 teens who connect on the basis of a connection that bleeds into something way more complicated and messy than either is able to handle or comprehend. Ellis and Easton have grown together and have become inseparable...when things become complicated...Ellis is forced to move away but then ha Its so wonderful when a debut author hits it out of the park. Kristin Dwyer is going to be one of those YA/NA authors that everyone will be excited for with each new release. Some mistakes were made is about 2 teens who connect on the basis of a connection that bleeds into something way more complicated and messy than either is able to handle or comprehend. Ellis and Easton have grown together and have become inseparable...when things become complicated...Ellis is forced to move away but then has come back to confront the past after a year of separation. Ellis' life has been anything but easy and her past is rock -- but being a part of a different kind of found family has made all the difference to her and now even that doesn't make sense anymore. This story is about all the things that need to be said but yet no one is saying because I don't think they know how. This is a back and forth timeline between past and present...one that is angsty and full of miscommunication. I kept yelling in my head...but if you two would just sit down and act like adults this wouldn't be happening! But the truth is...they weren't adults...they are still these kids on the cusp of adulthood trying to deal with heavy emotions and hard cards dealt in youth. There is a wonderful cast of characters topped off with rich engaging writing that even while I was frustrated...I had a hard time putting it down. This has a really great conclusion and a relationship worth fighting for. Really enjoyed the audio of this one and will definitely go on to read more of Kristin's work in the future!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is told in alternating chapters between the past and the present. The story focuses on Ellis and Easton, two high school students in Indiana who are best friends. When Ellis is sent away to California for her senior year of high school, she is bitter and angry. However, it takes far too long for us to understand why she was sent away and why she has such hard feelings toward everyone back at home. I think teens will enjoy the angsty attitude from Ellis far more than I did and will keep This book is told in alternating chapters between the past and the present. The story focuses on Ellis and Easton, two high school students in Indiana who are best friends. When Ellis is sent away to California for her senior year of high school, she is bitter and angry. However, it takes far too long for us to understand why she was sent away and why she has such hard feelings toward everyone back at home. I think teens will enjoy the angsty attitude from Ellis far more than I did and will keep reading to find out why she was sent away. I found her character hard to like. The ending, however, was just what this story needed.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I am so excited to read this book after the most amazing review of the author and as published on Instagram by her dear friend Adrienne Young. I hope the book is a reflection of her as a human, the author sounds amazing in her friends eyes.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Rae

    The amount of feelings this book forced me to feel isn’t even fair. I cried through the Acknowledgments. All eight pages of them. This book felt alive from the moment I started reading it and until its very last page. It felt like it was this living, breathing thing with its very own beating heart. I’ve never experienced a book like this, but every moment of it was beautiful. Even the moments that hurt. When Ellis felt embarrassment, I felt embarrassment. I just sat there sometimes and stared at The amount of feelings this book forced me to feel isn’t even fair. I cried through the Acknowledgments. All eight pages of them. This book felt alive from the moment I started reading it and until its very last page. It felt like it was this living, breathing thing with its very own beating heart. I’ve never experienced a book like this, but every moment of it was beautiful. Even the moments that hurt. When Ellis felt embarrassment, I felt embarrassment. I just sat there sometimes and stared at the page with my mouth agape. As if I was her in those moments. I cried, too. Not the loud, ugly kind of crying, but the silent, soft kind. And it happened more than once. More than five times. All I can say is, please. Please read this book. Even if YA contemporary romance isn’t your thing (it wasn’t mine, but boy is it now and forever), read this book. I loved it. I read it in less than a week. That might seem like a long time for some of you, but I’m a slow reader. I devoured this book. You ever watch a movie so good that you start it over to watch it again immediately after it finishes? That’s what this book makes me want to do. What a debut. What a book. What a story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    TITLE: SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE AUTHOR: Kristin Dwyer PUB DATE: 05.10.2022 @epicreads 🪁🪁 Ellis and Easton Easton and Ellis 🪁🪁 This book is about childhood best friends Ellis and Easton and their simple love story that just as the realities of life, turns a bit messy and complicated. It’s about friendship, and about found families of all shapes and sizes, and of course true love, first love. 🪁🪁 I love the beautiful writing that explores the deeper meaning of the privilege of having a supportive and stable TITLE: SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE AUTHOR: Kristin Dwyer PUB DATE: 05.10.2022 @epicreads 🪁🪁 Ellis and Easton Easton and Ellis 🪁🪁 This book is about childhood best friends Ellis and Easton and their simple love story that just as the realities of life, turns a bit messy and complicated. It’s about friendship, and about found families of all shapes and sizes, and of course true love, first love. 🪁🪁 I love the beautiful writing that explores the deeper meaning of the privilege of having a supportive and stable family, which reflects back on self-esteem, and sense of self-worth. Dwyer’s understanding of writing these characters - with complete depth, as shown in flashbacks of their childhood is simply masterful. the dialogue and the pacing was incredibly well done that made this book very hard to put down. 🪁🪁 This was a heartbreaking, and slow burn romance read, that rewards in the most beautiful and uplifting way. Bravo 👏 for an incredible - incredible debut!! 🪁🪁 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  25. 5 out of 5

    D.J.

    SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE is an intimate and heartbreaking novel about the complexities of family, love, and belonging. It's about the different faces abandonment wears and how hard it can be to find your place in the world and feel like you deserve to occupy it. Kristin's writing is beautiful and emotional, the kind of writing that immediately pulls you in and keeps you hooked from start to finish. She cleverly teases out the big conflict and has crafted an immersive narrative around it with a ful SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE is an intimate and heartbreaking novel about the complexities of family, love, and belonging. It's about the different faces abandonment wears and how hard it can be to find your place in the world and feel like you deserve to occupy it. Kristin's writing is beautiful and emotional, the kind of writing that immediately pulls you in and keeps you hooked from start to finish. She cleverly teases out the big conflict and has crafted an immersive narrative around it with a fully realized cast of characters. The way she addresses differences in socioeconomic status, poverty, and the complexities of family—both born and found—is beautifully done and it's something we need to see more of in YA literature. Powerful and moving, SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE is an unforgettable story full of honesty and love, and I highly recommend reading it for yourself.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I finished this book last night, and I couldn’t write a coherent review because I was so happy and loved it SO much! I won’t give any spoilers, but if you are looking for a book that never loses traction, has amazing dialog, literally makes you cry, laugh and yell on one single page! Then you have to read this book! Seriously. I’m in fanperson mode and might have reread that last three chapters when I woke up, because I love these new characters too much! A FULL review with probably lots of gifs i I finished this book last night, and I couldn’t write a coherent review because I was so happy and loved it SO much! I won’t give any spoilers, but if you are looking for a book that never loses traction, has amazing dialog, literally makes you cry, laugh and yell on one single page! Then you have to read this book! Seriously. I’m in fanperson mode and might have reread that last three chapters when I woke up, because I love these new characters too much! A FULL review with probably lots of gifs is to come when pub dates near. But all you need to know. Pure freaking MAGIC. This book is a gift! And you shouldn’t miss out on it!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Loretta (Taylor’s Version)

    This book really said I’m gonna hurt you 😍 A new favorite honestly Amazing and incredible I have no words for this beauty A new favorite I literally read this in one day I’m not okay

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cait

    This feels like the sort of YA book that I remember reading a lot of when I was a teen, but that have been a little harder to find in the last few years.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Markum

    If there is one thing I love in a romance, it’s angst, and this book delivers. Every single scene made me feel like a rubber band. It is tense and emo and wonderful, from start to finish. And while you show up for the romance, which feels like an epic lifelong love story in all the best ways, you get the bonus of these complicated family relationships that are so perfectly crafted and achingly real - not just between the Albreys themselves or the Albreys and Ellis, but Ellis and her parents, Ell If there is one thing I love in a romance, it’s angst, and this book delivers. Every single scene made me feel like a rubber band. It is tense and emo and wonderful, from start to finish. And while you show up for the romance, which feels like an epic lifelong love story in all the best ways, you get the bonus of these complicated family relationships that are so perfectly crafted and achingly real - not just between the Albreys themselves or the Albreys and Ellis, but Ellis and her parents, Ellis and the other Trumans, and even the Albreys and the Trumans. I felt every single emotion in this book, and more than once had to put it down just to process. I’d heard nothing but good things, and it delivered on every single one. I couldn’t put it down.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Rapier

    This book has the strongest ghost. It's haunted me for a week straight, and I don't foresee that changing any time soon. Kristin's narrative resonates in such a powerful capacity, and I'm dubbing her the queen of the gut punch—because she can rob you of breath, collapse your heartbeat, and flood your eyes with tears in a single line. She weaves this story like a master, drawing us from present day to flashbacks, into hope and hopelessness, and the complex relationships spread throughout Ellis's This book has the strongest ghost. It's haunted me for a week straight, and I don't foresee that changing any time soon. Kristin's narrative resonates in such a powerful capacity, and I'm dubbing her the queen of the gut punch—because she can rob you of breath, collapse your heartbeat, and flood your eyes with tears in a single line. She weaves this story like a master, drawing us from present day to flashbacks, into hope and hopelessness, and the complex relationships spread throughout Ellis's life. This is impressive in and of itself, but the lasting quality is Kristin's deep, abiding understanding of humanity. Kristin understands what it means to be human. She doesn't shy away from the ugliness, the "kind of broken that stabs and cuts anything that tries to hold it." Most especially in her main character. In Ellis, Kristin gives us a dynamic, layered, broken, determined portrayal of humanity. Ellis bears the pride of her upbringing, because pride is all she has left—dignity, that one core piece of human she can hold onto in spite of having nothing and no one for a large part of her life. She is angry—it simmers beneath her skin and emerges in an array of emotions and reactions from the explosive to those only whispered in the dark. Anger influences how she faces a betrayal, and how she grows through it—and it's not in spite of anyone or because of anyone either, it just is. I so, so, so love that Kristin never tries to soften Ellis's edges, but lets her have them—sharp and raw, and ready to wound if someone tries to hurt her again. And yet, this is the love story of Ellis and the person who's hurt her most. If I could write a thousand blog posts about Easton, and his relationship to the audience and to Ellis, it would not be enough. Easton and Ellis have a sort of Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff and Cathy vibe to them—or at least to the effect of the quote, "Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same." They are each other's orbit, touch stone, North star, soft place to land. And neither of them takes that lightly—not when they're eleven, not when they're eighteen. The vulnerability they hold for one another is tremendous, which makes the hurts near-fatal, but I could never love another ending more for them than Kristin's, because it feels EARNED. As she's phrased time and again, she's alright with ending their story at last because she knows these kids are going to be okay. "Me and you."

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