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If high school seniors Siena and Patrick were a superlative, they'd be the Couple Most Likely to Marry. They've been dating for three solid years, and everyone agrees they're perfect for each other. But with college on the horizon, Siena begins to wonder whether staying together is the best idea. Does she really want to be tied down during possibly the most transformative If high school seniors Siena and Patrick were a superlative, they'd be the Couple Most Likely to Marry. They've been dating for three solid years, and everyone agrees they're perfect for each other. But with college on the horizon, Siena begins to wonder whether staying together is the best idea. Does she really want to be tied down during possibly the most transformative years of her life? So she makes a decision to break up with Patrick, convincing herself it's for the best. Before she can say the words, though, he beats her to the punch: his family is moving out of state. Caught off guard by the news, Siena agrees to stay with Patrick, believing their relationship will naturally fizzle out with time and distance. But over a series of visits throughout the school year, Siena begins to see a different side of Patrick--one that has her falling in love with him all over again. #Wibbroka is back with another swoony YA--this time tackling long-distance relationships, in a novel based on their own romantic history.


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If high school seniors Siena and Patrick were a superlative, they'd be the Couple Most Likely to Marry. They've been dating for three solid years, and everyone agrees they're perfect for each other. But with college on the horizon, Siena begins to wonder whether staying together is the best idea. Does she really want to be tied down during possibly the most transformative If high school seniors Siena and Patrick were a superlative, they'd be the Couple Most Likely to Marry. They've been dating for three solid years, and everyone agrees they're perfect for each other. But with college on the horizon, Siena begins to wonder whether staying together is the best idea. Does she really want to be tied down during possibly the most transformative years of her life? So she makes a decision to break up with Patrick, convincing herself it's for the best. Before she can say the words, though, he beats her to the punch: his family is moving out of state. Caught off guard by the news, Siena agrees to stay with Patrick, believing their relationship will naturally fizzle out with time and distance. But over a series of visits throughout the school year, Siena begins to see a different side of Patrick--one that has her falling in love with him all over again. #Wibbroka is back with another swoony YA--this time tackling long-distance relationships, in a novel based on their own romantic history.

30 review for With and Without You

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    this was fine. not EW & ASBs best book, but definitely not terrible, either. just somewhere right in the middle. lets start with the positives - real teenage problems, easy-going writing, good pacing, cute enough plot, and complex feelings. i was really looking forward to this one because its semi-autobiographical. EW & ASB are couple goals - high school sweethearts that beat long distance and now write books together. and i can definitely feel their real life experiences in this novel, as eviden this was fine. not EW & ASBs best book, but definitely not terrible, either. just somewhere right in the middle. lets start with the positives - real teenage problems, easy-going writing, good pacing, cute enough plot, and complex feelings. i was really looking forward to this one because its semi-autobiographical. EW & ASB are couple goals - high school sweethearts that beat long distance and now write books together. and i can definitely feel their real life experiences in this novel, as evident in the positives mentioned. but the main thing that prevented me from loving this is my lack of belief in siena and patrick as a couple. its just a lot of telling and hardly any showing. and i just dont think that works well when the characters are seriously considering continuing their relationship. i dunno. i just felt very lukewarm when it came to my feelings about them as a couple because i was never really given any reason to feel otherwise. regardless, this is a quick read. so if you enjoyed EW & ASBs other books, im sure this one will be just as enjoyable. ↠ 3.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tala

    inject every wibbroka book in existence directly into my veins please & thank you

  3. 5 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    It's probably not great that my least favourite read by this duo happens to be the one that is based (loosely, I hope?) on their own romance. Whoops. But what really hurt this story was the lack of a secondary POV. I truly can't recall anymore if all their books are like this or if some are dual (I really need to start making GR shelves for this but alas I probably will never do it) but this one needed it. Siena's narrative was not always fun and while the second voice wouldn't have improved that It's probably not great that my least favourite read by this duo happens to be the one that is based (loosely, I hope?) on their own romance. Whoops. But what really hurt this story was the lack of a secondary POV. I truly can't recall anymore if all their books are like this or if some are dual (I really need to start making GR shelves for this but alas I probably will never do it) but this one needed it. Siena's narrative was not always fun and while the second voice wouldn't have improved that it would've given us something of a break. I don't begrudge this story for existing, particularly for all the YAers who are feeling similar things -- not just the conflict inspired by leaving for college and whether the relationship will endure, but the added conflict of that looming issue when already dealing with a long-running relationship that you feel you may have outgrown. There needs to be space for these conversations and these dynamics and these circumstances. But. That doesn't mean I had to like this one. Siena spent the majority of the book wondering if she still fit with Patrick and honestly, girl, I wonder the same. He may have been unwilling to be open to new things without realizing the importance of them but she was equally rigid and uncompromising. And while you'd think living in her head would make you more sympathetic to her perspective (hah) oh no, it was worse. The book wasn't all bad but that first 30% was real rough and I just don't think it ever recovered. Having said all that, I am hopeful that I won't continue to reside in the 2.5-3 range for any more of their books because when they are good, they are great. I would maybe just give this one a pass. 2.5 stars --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kalena W

    3/5 stars, a quick read but not my favorite romance Thank you to Penguin Teen for the arc through netgalley in exchange for an honest review! This was my very first Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka and while I think it's very cute that they are a real-life couple writing romance, this romance just didn't really sell it for me. There were some aspects of the story that I came to appreciate, but there were more glaring issues with larger parts of the story that just brought my enjoyment 3/5 stars, a quick read but not my favorite romance Thank you to Penguin Teen for the arc through netgalley in exchange for an honest review! This was my very first Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka and while I think it's very cute that they are a real-life couple writing romance, this romance just didn't really sell it for me. There were some aspects of the story that I came to appreciate, but there were more glaring issues with larger parts of the story that just brought my enjoyment down. What a fast read this was, I read it in like 2 hours while I was laying in bed this morning. In some aspects, that was very nice, as it really propelled me through the story and allowed me to finish. But other times, it just made the story feel wrongfully paced. I think if there had been more background and buildup to Siena & Patrick's relationship, instead of launching right into the plot, I would have been way more interested in them and their second-chance-romance sort of deal. There were also some times that just felt choppy, like it went from very fast pacing to suddenly methodical, which it's fine to have both, it just felt very quick to change. My least favorite part about this book was that 1/3 of the book's plot was Siena trying to decide if she was going to break up with Patrick or not. It says what happens in the synopsis, but I did not think that it would take so long for her to make up her mind, only to agree to stay in the relationship. I had a hard time rooting for them as a couple too, not because of the long-distance, I just didn't really see the spark. I understood what both of them were struggling with in the relationship, I just think they needed to communicate a little better and most of the conflict could have been avoided. Also at the end, what transpired was way too fast for me, everything suddenly turned around with their relationship and there was almost no build up. While I did not have complete faith in their relationship like I said before, I do think there was critical emphasis placed on how long-term relationships can affect teens. Especially high-school sweethearts, and why so many of them break up. Both sides of the couple, or one, feel the need to fit into the mold of the person that they were when they began to date, which hinders their ability to discover new pieces of themselves and grow as a person. What this book showed was how even in a long-term relationship, with proper communication and understanding between both parties, change can be accepted and appreciated. Just because they were someone when they started dating, does not mean they need to stay the same, the other person should love them no matter what if it's "meant to be" which doesn't always happen. I really enjoyed that emphasis in this book, as it provided a more positive light on high-school sweethearts and long-term relationships in the end. I felt very complicated feelings about Siena, in the beginning she really annoyed me. Again, for the first third of the book she just couldn't make a decision if she wanted to break up with Patrick or not and it frustrated me so much. As well, I think I just found her to be a bit dislikeable based on the way she was written. I did love to see her change into a better person, and grow into who she really wanted to be at the end though. But still, something was just off about her in my opinion. Maybe it was just me being annoyed that she was not communicating totally openly and honestly, though she is a teenager so I cut her a bit of slack. Patrick was an interesting character, though I think the story would have benefited from seeing a bit into his perspective too. He was a fairly honest person to Siena and those around him, but his thoughts and feelings still felt closed off. Maybe that was just the way he was written, but he was a quiet person and this made it harder for me to connect with him. Again, I think the story would have greatly benefited from seeing both of the people in the long-distance relationship and their feelings. Then it would not have felt so one-sided. Overall, I don't think this is the worst romance book I've ever read, but I wasn't prepared for the second chance romance plotline and for the girlfriend's decision to take up 1/3 of the book. There were some interesting aspects that were explored, but it just wasn't enough to pull my enjoyment higher than 3 stars. I think I'll check out more books by these authors in the future but probably not in the near-future, I'll find other romances I enjoy more first. [TW: wrist injury, sex (mentioned), brief infidelity (kissing & misunderstanding), breakup]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bruna Oliveira

    Thanks Edelweiss and the publisher for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Siena has been dating Patrick for three years but she feels it's time to break up since it's high school and she should have the opportunity to have more experiences on her own, but then when she was just about to end things, he tells her he's moving so she feels it's best to wait for their long distante relationship to fizzle like most of them usually do, but some things change along the way. First of all, Thanks Edelweiss and the publisher for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Siena has been dating Patrick for three years but she feels it's time to break up since it's high school and she should have the opportunity to have more experiences on her own, but then when she was just about to end things, he tells her he's moving so she feels it's best to wait for their long distante relationship to fizzle like most of them usually do, but some things change along the way. First of all, It was a relief reading and enjoying this book after not enjoying so much the authors' previous one: The Roughest Draft. This book's concept is not so easy to work, to be honest, since it's about a relationship falling apart - at least for her - and falling in love again and they managed to develop it really well. I really connected to Siena since I could understand all of her struggles: feeling suffocated in her relationship being so young, missing her individuality, wanting to explore new things, etc., since I had a serious relationship really young too and went through all of those dilemmas, so I felt especially connected to her, but I also feel like all of these mentally back and forth she goes through might annoy some readers (she is constantly changing her mind and having doubts, but she's young so it's pretty understandable). Patrick is the cutest and I loved them together. Their arguments and problems were really valid, not only because of Siena's sides of things, but also his. Their contrasting personalities and long distance made them struggle but it also helped them in a way and I loved to see them reconnecting.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany (Read By Tiffany)

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    2.5 Solid concept but I feel like the emotional impact would have been way stronger if we'd gotten two POVs. 2.5 Solid concept but I feel like the emotional impact would have been way stronger if we'd gotten two POVs.

  8. 5 out of 5

    cossette

    if i have to read 'LDR' or some form of that acronym one more time ... if i have to read 'LDR' or some form of that acronym one more time ...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    “you're not a tether to home. home is a tether to you” *4.5 it took me 3 hours to fall completely in love with this book feeling especially lonely but whatever yk with and without you follows siena, who's been dating patrick for 3 years -- they're the ultimate high school sweethearts. however, siena feels like their relationship is keeping her from finding herself, and she's about to break up with patrick when he tells her that he's moving 1000 miles away for senior year. suddenly, the two of them “you're not a tether to home. home is a tether to you” *4.5 it took me 3 hours to fall completely in love with this book feeling especially lonely but whatever yk with and without you follows siena, who's been dating patrick for 3 years -- they're the ultimate high school sweethearts. however, siena feels like their relationship is keeping her from finding herself, and she's about to break up with patrick when he tells her that he's moving 1000 miles away for senior year. suddenly, the two of them are in a long-distance relationship. at first, siena stays with patrick thinking they'll fade out in a few months, but over a series of visits throughout the year, she begins to fall in love with patrick all over again. y'all. this is a whole second chance romance without the initial breakup. the whole process of them learning each other again, experiencing that "new" feeling, and falling for each other all over again is so just... refreshing. and mature of them. they're the couple that has been together for so long that you think they'll get married and their relationship is perfectly mature and perfect -- while their relationship was definitely not perfect at the beginning of the novel, it was so great seeing them both mature as time went on. COMMUNICATION YALL. they both grow a lot as individuals over the course of the novel: siena settles into being her own person and accepts not having all the pieces set out right here and now; patrick more readily introduces change into his life and appreciates the ways their relationship has shifted over time. the two of them, by the end, communicate so freely and it was really, really nice to see. also, they're just so adorable and pure and UGH i was blushing y'all. they have such a sweet relationship together and ugh MY LOVES. i must say that part of the reason why this book hit so hard for me was because i (surprise) have had a relationship kind of similar to them. not necessarily in situation, but i find that I'm super similar to siena. i thrive in that comfortability, but i also want to narrow down my purpose. okay, well, maybe the relationship was partially similar in situation. the whole falling back in love with someone part (without actually breaking up) rly got me alsjdflasjdlkj. recovering that "new" feeling and getting those butterflies again just rly hits. i just.. communication. yeah. communication. i think my only critique was that the mini-conflicts within the relationship seemed a bit repetitive -- the book took place over a few different time periods/visits, and some of the visits kind of felt the same lol but this book is actually so good thank you to netgalley and penguin young readers for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rameela (Star)

    I’m not going to lie, I almost stopped reading about 20% through the book because Siena was so frustrating because she wasn’t making a decision about breaking up with Patrick. That’s on me though because it was supposed to be a second chance romance vibe and I hadn’t been ready for that. That being said, I still found Siena to be a bit too dislikable for my personal taste. It was great to see her grow and I really did like the last 40% of the book because we go too see that growth and the relatio I’m not going to lie, I almost stopped reading about 20% through the book because Siena was so frustrating because she wasn’t making a decision about breaking up with Patrick. That’s on me though because it was supposed to be a second chance romance vibe and I hadn’t been ready for that. That being said, I still found Siena to be a bit too dislikable for my personal taste. It was great to see her grow and I really did like the last 40% of the book because we go too see that growth and the relationship get better. Maybe it was just me being annoyed that nobody was actually communicating properly and honestly, it’s understandable because they’re actual teens. Overall, I liked how Siena explored the idea of finding her own passions and things while being apart from Patrick. I think it was a relatable experience for sure! Once I got used to the idea of the second chance romance and the idea of the LDR being the majority of the plot (which I would have known if I’d read the synopsis whoops), I think it was cute! I think it was great that Siena was allowed to change her mind and grow and doubt herself. That was definitely well done. I wish we had gotten more perspective on Patrick’s side. I definitely think it would have added more depth to the LDR and I feel like I would have been more attached in that way. I don’t think this is my favorite of Wibbroka’s works, but I appreciate it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    kim

    4.5 ⭐️ rounded “But of a relationships is meant to be, the distance doesn’t matter, right?” It’s a more revealing question than I intended. Nevertheless, I’m hungry for the answer — for someone to just tell me whether I should break up with him or not. What if long distance is like the natural selection of relationships? If it only kills the weak ones? Does the fact that it’s hurting Patrick’s and mine mean we’re not right for each other? You know what, this might be my favourite Wibbroka to 4.5 ⭐️ rounded “But of a relationships is meant to be, the distance doesn’t matter, right?” It’s a more revealing question than I intended. Nevertheless, I’m hungry for the answer — for someone to just tell me whether I should break up with him or not. What if long distance is like the natural selection of relationships? If it only kills the weak ones? Does the fact that it’s hurting Patrick’s and mine mean we’re not right for each other? You know what, this might be my favourite Wibbroka to date. I have a soft spot for this story being based on their relationship. I really love the premise and that our main couple were mostly together for the entire book. It's refreshing to read an established pairing figuring things out and growing rather than that conquest for love. I would've liked for there to be more moments where Siena and Patrick weren't reunited, as in them living their day to day lives on their own with the long distance. Given that, a Dual POV would've been great for this book since I think Patrick had more obstacles to face. This book was honestly close to being close to five stars but I had to dock a half because of the classic "third act drama" which was really three chapters (which made it worse. For a moment, I thought we weren't going to get that). I like how the conflict itself developed but it was so rushed to have it finally break down in the final few chapters. With that, there wasn't any real development between said conflict and our HEA. It didn't have a point. But yeah, this book was amazing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[sprained wrist, scene at a hospital. (hide spoiler)] I just loved this book. That's it, that's the review. Thank you to the publisher for sending me an e-ARC through NetGalley. This did not, in any way, influence my thoughts & rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bookstagram - Bloglovin' Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[sprained wrist, scene at a hospital. (hide spoiler)] I just loved this book. That's it, that's the review. Thank you to the publisher for sending me an e-ARC through NetGalley. This did not, in any way, influence my thoughts & rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bookstagram - Bloglovin'

  13. 5 out of 5

    mel

    I do think the reconciliation was a bit…sudden? but only because we didn’t SEE the months they spent apart? but the writing in this is just so beautiful and patrick and siena’s journeys to finding themselves and realising they can be their own people and be together at the same time was so beautiful to read

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maha (onetruedaydreamer)

    This book was so so cute and angsty all at once 🥹😩🙌🏻 Which is to say that it wrapped me up in a warm hug while taking my emotions on a roller coaster ride 😂 And I wouldn’t have had it any other way! I love the way this story panned out; how it was a second chance romance for the main characters but the first chance for readers to fall in love with them and watch them fall in love with each other again and even deeper than before 🥹 There was something so special about seeing their relationship gro This book was so so cute and angsty all at once 🥹😩🙌🏻 Which is to say that it wrapped me up in a warm hug while taking my emotions on a roller coaster ride 😂 And I wouldn’t have had it any other way! I love the way this story panned out; how it was a second chance romance for the main characters but the first chance for readers to fall in love with them and watch them fall in love with each other again and even deeper than before 🥹 There was something so special about seeing their relationship grow to fit the people they were becoming (even if it came with its many trials and challenges) 😭❤️ And Patrick and Siena were so clearly perfect for each other, even if they had their many issues to sort through—those complexities and messy parts of them just made them more real and had me rooting for them even harder 😩👏🏼 Patrick and Siena’s friends and families were also so wholesome (even when SOME of them were being annoying 😂) and made the story feel that much more inviting and homey and fun 🥰

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gigi

    And so the Wibbroka cycle begins once again: I start reading and think "eh, this is just okay", the book gets a little slow in the middle so I feel like maybe I actually WON'T like this book, THEN I power through and Emily and Austin were just waiting behind the corner with a baseball bat and hit me in the face with emotions and I end up CRYING because of their book. THAT IS TO SAYYYY this is probably in the lower middle rating of their books. For sure got frustrated with Siena and Patrick's rela And so the Wibbroka cycle begins once again: I start reading and think "eh, this is just okay", the book gets a little slow in the middle so I feel like maybe I actually WON'T like this book, THEN I power through and Emily and Austin were just waiting behind the corner with a baseball bat and hit me in the face with emotions and I end up CRYING because of their book. THAT IS TO SAYYYY this is probably in the lower middle rating of their books. For sure got frustrated with Siena and Patrick's relationship but HOOWWWWW they make up and get back together... I'm crying again just thinking about it!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Natalie - FerryGoodBooks

    Being a product of marrying my high school sweetheart I understood the struggles Siena went through. Though I never had the constant struggle of wanting to break up, I did have the doubts of getting serious so young and the sacrifices it takes to maintain a long distant relationship. I think the authors captured the stuggles perfectly and in a way that wasn’t overdramatizing their situation. The back and forth of should or or shouldn’t I made the first part of this book exhausting. I almost wish Being a product of marrying my high school sweetheart I understood the struggles Siena went through. Though I never had the constant struggle of wanting to break up, I did have the doubts of getting serious so young and the sacrifices it takes to maintain a long distant relationship. I think the authors captured the stuggles perfectly and in a way that wasn’t overdramatizing their situation. The back and forth of should or or shouldn’t I made the first part of this book exhausting. I almost wish the authors just cut cord between Siena and Patrick and have them come back together at a later time. But what I did enjoy was Siena using this time to grow, not only as an individual, but also as a better partner. She grew into herself more and I’m glad the authors took this time to showcase that. I do wish this was a dual POV. I think it would have helped the story more to have Patrick’s view and growth too. I feel like at the center of this story was love and it needed both sides to accurately tell it. The authors did accurately describe the indecision of a 17/18 year old teenager who is at a crossroads in life. With that being said, reading this as an adult, it was hard to be empathetic because I’m so far from that mentality. Though I have personally went through the emotions laid out on this book and it was done really well, I don’t think I’m the intended audience for this kind of book. I think I would have connected more with the story if I was younger or closer to their age. With that being said, this story is so well written and Siena and Patrick feel more than characters in a story. Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Teen for this eARC

  17. 4 out of 5

    Martina

    Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing me with an e-ARC of With and Without You in exchange for an honest review I have mixed feelings on this book. I almost DNF this a few times. I found the MC Siena to be extremely annoying. The only reason I kept reading was because the writing style was so good. The story wasn’t what I was expecting either. Siena spent so long trying to figure out if she should dump her boyfriend, I was so bored. I would have liked a dual POV and I thought that often through Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing me with an e-ARC of With and Without You in exchange for an honest review I have mixed feelings on this book. I almost DNF this a few times. I found the MC Siena to be extremely annoying. The only reason I kept reading was because the writing style was so good. The story wasn’t what I was expecting either. Siena spent so long trying to figure out if she should dump her boyfriend, I was so bored. I would have liked a dual POV and I thought that often throughout the book. Also really hated that she was set on convincing her boyfriend that med school couldn’t really be his dream. I saw red. Honestly I could have thrown my book! Unfortunately I didn’t really like this one. I plan to read something else by these authors since I loved the writing style.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gretal

    I think what impresses me most about this book is just how much they made me care about Siena and Patrick. Given that they're a kind of established couple, I think it could be easy to mess that up, but just like how Siena really fell in love with Patrick over the course of this book, I found myself caring more about their relationship. It's not my favourite Wibbroka, but it's definitely not my least favourite. I think what impresses me most about this book is just how much they made me care about Siena and Patrick. Given that they're a kind of established couple, I think it could be easy to mess that up, but just like how Siena really fell in love with Patrick over the course of this book, I found myself caring more about their relationship. It's not my favourite Wibbroka, but it's definitely not my least favourite.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Varsha (bansheesbookstagram)

    An exploration of identity, of being yourself and of finding your own voice, With and Without You is a nice one-time read, filled to the brim with the typical Wibbroka way of writing emotions and growth in a way that make you think this entire book is about you. One of the things I love the most about Wibbroka's writing is how every single one of their books always feels so personal and catered to every individual reader, and WAWY doesn't disappoint on that front. I really liked the setting of An exploration of identity, of being yourself and of finding your own voice, With and Without You is a nice one-time read, filled to the brim with the typical Wibbroka way of writing emotions and growth in a way that make you think this entire book is about you. One of the things I love the most about Wibbroka's writing is how every single one of their books always feels so personal and catered to every individual reader, and WAWY doesn't disappoint on that front. I really liked the setting of the book, with the desert vibes interspersed with the feeling of leaving for college and growing into your own shoes and finding what it means to be you. Siena, the lead character, struggles with trying to define herself for most of the book, while Patrick, her love interest and second lead character, is someone who is very much comfortable in his own skin and has figured out who he is and what it means to be him. While I am very much like Patrick myself in so many ways, lately I've been feeling like Siena too, and so this book was a comforting balm on all my overthinking and criticising of myself :D One another characteristic element of Wibbroka's writing is the side characters, all of whom are so well fleshed out and loveable that it leaves you wanting more stories about them as well. For me, in WAWY, that character was Reed Kim. I was super into his character, he reminds me so much of Wes from "Better Than The Movies" by Lynn Painter, and I think if Wibbroka were to write a separate book about him and his story, I would devour it up happily! <3 Also, that Wibbroka cameo of their previous books' characters! It was so cute in this one, I loved it! Here's what I loved about With and Without You: 1. Siena and Patrick's relationship : I really, and I mean really LOVED how the authors handled their relationship in a way that doesn't paint either of them in a totally negative manner, and makes you empathise with them both in different ways. This is also another Wibbroka-book thing that I love, how well fleshed out and well written the romances are. I've lost quite a few people in my life because of arguments, or misunderstandings, and it's only very recently that I've tried and succeeded in trying to patch things up with them. And the way Siena and Patrick navigate that same feeling - awkwardness, delight, the comfort of familiarity and the alien facts even in the familiar - it is wonderful to see that reflected in the pages of this book. 2. How supportive Patrick's parents and Siena's parents are of their relationship. There are way too less books out there about parents who are wholeheartedly supportive of their kids dating each other, and I'm glad that this book had such parents! <3 3. Siena's friends and her brother - Having a solid support system is very important, be it in the form of friends or parents or a significant other. Siena had all three! I loved Robbie, who though might seem like a dumb jock who is a player, is actually someone who is wise and loveable! I loved Joe, and his unwavering loyalty to Siena, despite how ridiculous some of her requests were. Reed (you've heard my thoughts about him already XD) and Lacey too were such nice friends and I loved reading about them! All in all, if you like: > Lovers to not lovers to long distance to rediscovering love again > Long distance, second chance romance > A tale of self-discovery and self identity > Lots of picturesque dates and location settings Final verdict: 4.25 stars on 5 stars!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing me with an e-ARC of With and Without You in exchange for an honest review! I'm going to be upfront with you & tell you that I almost DNF'ed this a couple of times. I found Siena to be extremely annoying. However, as I kept reading, I started to appreciate some of the aspects of this book & honestly, With and Without You is a must-read for young adults. Siena & Patrick have spent their entire high school experience together & Siena believes it's time to dis Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing me with an e-ARC of With and Without You in exchange for an honest review! I'm going to be upfront with you & tell you that I almost DNF'ed this a couple of times. I found Siena to be extremely annoying. However, as I kept reading, I started to appreciate some of the aspects of this book & honestly, With and Without You is a must-read for young adults. Siena & Patrick have spent their entire high school experience together & Siena believes it's time to discover life without Patrick, but when she goes to break up with him, Patrick tells her the news -- he's moving out of state. So, instead of breaking up, Siena decides to let the long-distance fizzle out their relationship. Of course, fizzling out is not what happens & instead, through a series of visits, Siena begins to re-fall in love with her boyfriend. This is a second chance romance; it took a bit for me to actually care about the romance, but once I was in I was in. However, it's not the romance that made me enjoy With and Without You, but instead watching as both Siena & Patrick learned to live separately & really discover who they are without each other. The message of knowing who you are & not just who you are with someone is so important!! & because of that I definitely recommend this one!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    *thanks to the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review WITH AND WITHOUT YOU is unlike many YA romance books out there, following Patrick and Siena as they've been together for three years and, according to Siena, have fallen into a monotonous relationship. They're forced to go long distance when Patrick moves away, and the story goes from there. Wibbroka wrote the couple's relationship perfectly for the story--even as a reader, you can feel the stilted state of th *thanks to the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review WITH AND WITHOUT YOU is unlike many YA romance books out there, following Patrick and Siena as they've been together for three years and, according to Siena, have fallen into a monotonous relationship. They're forced to go long distance when Patrick moves away, and the story goes from there. Wibbroka wrote the couple's relationship perfectly for the story--even as a reader, you can feel the stilted state of their interactions, but as the book goes on they become more natural and affectionate; the book serves its purpose well. It also deals with Siena wanting to learn who she is outside of a relationship by discovering new hobbies and making new friends, which was also well done. Her explorations of herself don't pop up all of a sudden, but she tries new things and fails, which I appreciate because that is realistic. This has so many things I love about upper-YA, with teenagers navigating love and college and everything in between--I highly recommend it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    kayleigh

    2.5 stars man, i hate reviews like these. i have such a hard time coming up with a justification for the ratings i give books that are aren’t bad, but really aren’t that great, either. which is a super unfortunate thing to say about emily and austin’s books, which i normally love. but i really didn’t care for siena and patrick together, and i didn’t really like them all that much separately. there was so much potential with the second chance romance vibes, but it just didn’t work for me. it was a 2.5 stars man, i hate reviews like these. i have such a hard time coming up with a justification for the ratings i give books that are aren’t bad, but really aren’t that great, either. which is a super unfortunate thing to say about emily and austin’s books, which i normally love. but i really didn’t care for siena and patrick together, and i didn’t really like them all that much separately. there was so much potential with the second chance romance vibes, but it just didn’t work for me. it was a quick and easy read, though, and their romance was cute near the end of the book. i don’t know, honestly, i guess this one just wasn’t for me. here’s to hoping their next release is better for me!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This may be a 4.5. I really appreciated this book. The characters are flawed. The storyline is adorable. The message is beautiful. Obviously there are minor annoyances ‘cause it is a high school rom com, but still. Overall, really fun. I love the authors. They do stellar work. May update this later, but that is all for now.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    I have missed these authors

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lais

    it's not just a pretty cover!! it's not just a pretty cover!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    sirius proserpine

    yk what this was pretty solid

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Not my fave title by these two, but still a cute read!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gracie, dog enthusiast

    I'm not sure where I stand on this one. it was great and cute, but it didn't do it for me. I love the idea though - a second chance romance over a year of visits without the original breakup??? okay!!! dnf at 40% because nothing was really happening. it bothers me when characters can't make up their mind on things, so I was just getting more and more annoyed at siena the longer she volleyed back and forth on breaking up with patrick. she kept talking about wanting to do things to find who she re I'm not sure where I stand on this one. it was great and cute, but it didn't do it for me. I love the idea though - a second chance romance over a year of visits without the original breakup??? okay!!! dnf at 40% because nothing was really happening. it bothers me when characters can't make up their mind on things, so I was just getting more and more annoyed at siena the longer she volleyed back and forth on breaking up with patrick. she kept talking about wanting to do things to find who she really is, but then she didn't do anything and wasn't willing to try anything. gah

  29. 4 out of 5

    Modern Miss Granger

    I haven’t ready very many books from these authors, but I love that this is a couple who write together. It makes it feel so romantic. I loved that these two characters were already dating. This felt like a fresh YA book that shows the work and determination of long distance relationships. A story about first loves that last. However, what I didn’t love was the MC. She was wishy washy. The whole book was the same cycle of her inner monologue thinking the same thing. I also wish we’d gotten dual I haven’t ready very many books from these authors, but I love that this is a couple who write together. It makes it feel so romantic. I loved that these two characters were already dating. This felt like a fresh YA book that shows the work and determination of long distance relationships. A story about first loves that last. However, what I didn’t love was the MC. She was wishy washy. The whole book was the same cycle of her inner monologue thinking the same thing. I also wish we’d gotten dual POVs. It might have helped me get more into their relationship. ★ ★ ★/5

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cait | GoodeyReads

    2.5 stars Thank you the the publisher and Netgalley for an eARC. LET DOWN. BLOG || INSTAGRAM I am a huge fan of Wibberley and Sigemund-Broka. Read and enjoyed all of their previous books. This is the first time I have felt truly MEH about how this entire book went. This relationship in crisis trope did not play out well. Siena complained entirely too much and kept pitying Patrick at every turn when she should have just BROKEN UP WITH HIM. Stop making ridiculous excuses. It also really bugged me that 2.5 stars Thank you the the publisher and Netgalley for an eARC. LET DOWN. BLOG || INSTAGRAM I am a huge fan of Wibberley and Sigemund-Broka. Read and enjoyed all of their previous books. This is the first time I have felt truly MEH about how this entire book went. This relationship in crisis trope did not play out well. Siena complained entirely too much and kept pitying Patrick at every turn when she should have just BROKEN UP WITH HIM. Stop making ridiculous excuses. It also really bugged me that rather than communicate (since they’ve been in a relationship for 3+ years), she instead decides she wants to sleep with him for the first time even when she acknowledges she’s not in a good place for it. I could give you a list of more instances of Sienna making me want to toss my kindle. Some of the second half was better. I’ll give it up to that. A few times there was some good communication. And I liked Patrick a lot! There wasn’t enough build up around his character so often he felt very bland, but he seemed sweet and I liked that we got some passion out of him by the end. There’s more ridiculous miscommunication issues in the last quarter and I can’t say I was even all that happy with the ending. I felt there were enough red flags on both sides that I fell off the wagon of being behind this relationship. Overall audience notes: - YA Contemporary Romance - Language: some strong - Romance: complete closed-door - Trigger/Content Warnings: gaslighting, gray-area cheating

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