Book Reviews, Books

Goodnight, Nic by Marley Jacobs


Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: Twenty-four-year-old Nicole Fletcher is having a rough summer. The woman who raised her is dying and there’s nothing she can do about it. Nothing but find solace in the forbidden fantasies starring her best friend’s younger brother. Nic knows there are some lines you can never cross – but when it comes to “little” Landon Pike, she kind of already has. She tries to stay away but when your world is falling apart, you can’t help but fall right along with it. Good thing, Landon refuses to let her fall alone.

Review: This story and through its main character, Nicole Fletcher, succeeds in shining the light upon human emotions and how life can, at any given time, launch a person into a journey of self discovery; a wild ride tinted with internal and external chaos and a storm of contradictions.

Nic Fletcher found herself in a reality she did not choose nor did she have the power to alter. “We Fletcher women are fluent in denial”. The author gives us a free access to this twenty-four-year-old woman’s life and chaotic mind. We get to observe her internal struggles and messy thoughts. “I want to feel embarrassed by my desperation but I’m too busy feeling desperate”. As an outsider, it is rather difficult, at times, to understand some of Nic’s actions but from an insider’s point of you, the reader -as the story goes- will be able to understand where she is coming from.

To me personally, the different shades of love and relationships this story has to offer was the most agreeable part. I enjoyed the beautiful friendship between Nic and Aubs and the fact that the main character had people who truly loved and cared for her such as Lorraine, Cybil, Landon, Julie, etc.

“I bleed passion. I’m not entirely sure what this means but I’m greedy over the words. They’re so full of life. And I really need some life to balance out the desperate allure of the dark.”

You cannot choose not to die but you can choose to live or not to live. Loss and grief are inevitable and this story really taps into that.

“Lorraine once told me, smile big when you’re sad. Smile big when you’re happy. Smile big when you’re bored. Because regardless how you feel, your face could use a stretch.”

Goodnight, Nic is a beautiful story with multi-layered characters and a captivating plot and I would really like to thank Marley Jacobs for sending me an ARC copy of this book. I will definitely be looking forward to reading more of this author’s work!

Goodreads link: Goodnight, Nic


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