Review: Without You

Saturday, May 3, 2014
20815334Title: Without You
Author: Julie Prestsater
Publication Date: February 14, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Music

Synopsis from Goodreads:
When two people connect, they can make beautiful music together. But what happens when music is the thing that tears them apart? 

Evan James had it all. Drop-dead sexy, brilliantly talented musician, a skyrocketing career and his high school sweetheart by his side. When he’s offered a golden opportunity to go on tour, he never imagined she wouldn’t go with him. Without her, he found his dream meant nothing. Three years later, bereft and alone, Evan stops at an open mic night and spots someone sitting in the audience, the beautiful face of a woman he’d never forget...Maddy, his one true love. 

Madison Grey had only ever loved one man. When Evan broke her heart she had no choice but to move on with her life, start a career of her own, and she even finds a new love. Still, thoughts of Evan were never put to rest. And on one fateful night, she unexpectedly hears him pour his heart out into a new song. A song about broken hearts, lost love, and second chances. A song about her. 

With the help of their scheming friends, Maddy and Evan are thrown into each other’s lives once more. While learning to love and trust again, there is only one thing left on both of their minds... Is life better with or without you?


It seems like I’m one of the different ones because I didn’t enjoy this novel that much. Okay, sue me. I really had high hopes with this novel because the synopsis itself has sucked me in already, but I was disappointed.

Maddy and Evan were separated from each other because of Evan’s opportunity to go on tour. He was a really talented musician, but he never thought that Maddy wouldn’t be going with him. Three years later, Evan comes back and have an open mic, singing a song for Maddy, not realising that she was also at the open mic.

It was obvious that the two of them were meant to be, but Maddy was just simply stubborn and insecure. The way Evan and Maddy’s best friends became matchmakers was really cute and awesome. It had me smiling at some point, especially when the both of them came to the point of realisation that they were both match-made. Her best friends were also amazing; they knew when to push Maddy and when not to, and it was simply obvious that they just want the best for her.

Evan was truly an admirable character, particularly when he tries really hard to fix things up. He knows  when he screws up and can admit his own mistakes. He was able to learn from them, and from there, he really learned to treasure those who are very dear to him. He just does not give up in doing what he think is right because he absolutely knows what he wants. Also, the things that he’d do for Maddy were simply amazing. His song lyrics just made me swoon over him. Although he was like this, it got annoying when he just spent almost the entire half of the book thinking, “I want her back because I can’t live without her.” Yeah, I do get that from his repetitive thoughts, and it was tiring.

On the other hand, Maddy obviously loves Evan, but what the heck was she doing. She was very insecure, and that did nothing but hurt both of them. It’s really stupid. I think she’s also too proud to admit her own mistakes, and that shouldn’t be the case, because Evan was able to grow from his own mistakes. She won’t admit her mistakes, but she also won’t give chances to explain. Seriously? What the heck are you doing? She spent half of the book convincing herself she doesn’t like Evan anymore, but the other half of the book was spent kissing and making out with Evan. Ohmycrap.

There were some inconsistencies in the novel, but that’s really minor, so it doesn’t really bother me. The pacing was also bothersome, at one point, Maddy was so so so so so mad at Evan, and then a few chapters over, they’re both together again. Like, what? What happened? The two of them together was sweet and swoony, though.

Despite my lots of rants, Without You is light and easy to read, and the way music was incorporated in to the plot was beautiful. This may not have worked out for me, but other new adult, contemporary romance readers may like this. After all, it’s about learning to open up once again.

My Rating

I don't give half stars, but I think Without You isn't some two-star book, but it's not a three-star for me, either. So I decided to give this 2.5 instead.


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