#BookReview: When We Were Young by Richard Roper @richardroper @orionbooks @gigicroft #WhenWeWereYoung
Release date - 22nd July 2021
Book length - 386 pages
Publisher - Orion
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I want to thank Virginia from www.orionbooks.co.uk for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Theo has been living in his parents' shed, nursing a broken heart and a wounded ego, convinced life can't get any worse. Then he gets evicted on his 30th birthday. Theo thinks he's done with the real world - until it shows up on his doorstep...
Joel is a successful TV scriptwriter, still in love with his teenage sweetheart. A proper grown-up - and yet he's falling apart at the seams. He's headed home to reconnect with best friend Theo - except they haven't spoken since the summer they turned 16.
One of them is keeping a secret, and the other is living a lie. But can the promise they once made to walk all 184 miles of the Thames Path help them find their way back to the truth - and to their friendship?
An emotional read which you will become deeply invested in, WHEN WE WERE YOUNG by Richard Roper, will keep you hooked from the very beginning and have you reading into the wee hours of the morning because you simply cannot put it down.
When Theo's parents tell him that it is time for him to vacate their shed and start living again, he isn't fully convinced. He is comfortable in his little bubble with his family where nothing ever changes and he won't get hurt or have to take any risks. But under the surface, he recognises that his life has stalled but he isn't sure how to get it kick-started again. And then Joel arrives unexpectedly on his doorstep. Joel, his childhood best friend, his only true friend who accepted Theo for who he was. His friend who ruined everything and whom he hasn't seen or spoken to in years. But Joel has an offer that Theo can't refuse and this could be just what he needs.
From the outside, Joel has got it all - a successful TV career, a beautiful girlfriend who he wants to marry, and a lifestyle that everyone would crave. But Joel is keeping a secret and it has forced him to reevaluate everything, including his past. Wanting to reconnect with Theo, his former best friend, and find a way to get their friendship back on track, he comes up with the idea to walk the Thames Path together, while scriptwriting a new show together. But as these two old friends will soon find out, it is impossible to move on without resolving old pain, and as secrets and lies come to the surface, things may not be as straightforward as they one thought.
In Something to Live For, Richard Roper's first book, he had a way of creating characters that evoked the deepest of connections and emotions with his readers, and WHEN WE WERE YOUNG is no different in this regard. I instantly liked both Theo and Joel and wanted to understand what could have gone so wrong between them all those years ago, and desperately wanted them to be able to find a way to reconnect again. The Thames Path setting is excellent in its simplicity and its effectiveness as a place where there is nowhere for Theo and Joel to hide, and I felt like I was a part of it all as they journeyed along. I smiled, I cried, and was left reeling while reading WHEN WE WERE YOUNG but as always with Richard Roper's writing, it also made me stop and think about how precious life truly is. An excellent story from beginning to end.
Richard Roper grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon, before studying English at the University of Sheffield. He now lives in London, where he works as an editor. His first novel, SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR, was widely acclaimed and has been translated into 19 languages.
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