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Summary

I have loved Channing Monroe all my life.  

In first grade, he asked for my Trapper Keeper. 

I hit him in the head with it. 

Third grade, we were best friends. We kissed in seventh grade. 

In eighth grade, he turned into a bad boy and the rest was a tumultuous storm.  

Growing up, the problem was never love for us. Bad times. Good times. There were times when I felt our love in every inch of my body, vibrating, making me feel like it could bring me back to life.  

The problem was us.  

The problem is that we're living in two different worlds now. Fallen Crest and its millionaires for me. Roussou and their criminals for him. I was thriving in mine and he was running his.  

But... But there were nights I felt we couldn't be further apart than we were, and there were nights I felt we shared the same heartbeat.  

When was it time? 

When was it time to either sacrifice, make a change, or walk away from the boy I grew up with?

©2018 Tijan (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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You know the feeling. You start a book, and from that very first page you know. You just know that you’re gonna love it. Well that was me with ‘The Boy I Grew Up With’. I’ve not had that feeling for a while, but thank you Tijan. It’s back! I fecking loved Channing and Heather. I was expecting good, great even, what I got was even better, it blew all my preconceived notions out of the window. It literally blew me away! We got a glimpse of Heather and Channing in Fallen Crest, and then again in Crew, but nothing prepared me for all the feels, the emotions, the never wanting a book to finish feeling I haven’t had in what feels like forever. The book starts in the middle of their, oh so complicated relationship, whilst they are currently ‘not together’. The story takes us through their very tumultuous, yet emotional relationship from when they met in fifth grade to the present day. The synopsis says it all, so I won’t duplicate it in my review. I will tell you that this is one of my top reads this year, that the writing was perfect, and the story was full of passion, action, lots of drama, sexy times, and yes again, that word, emotion. I loved it. Perfection. I couldn’t have asked for more in a romance novel, and I couldn’t have asked for better narrators. Blake Richard and Summer Morton are new narrators to me. Gotta say, they nailed it.

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I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either. I listened for over three hours, up until chapter 22, and then I gave up. It was slow going and I was just bored with it.

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I don't know

Maybe I did not get into this one as much because I Bacchus read the main series.
Maybe it's just in general not my thing.
I'll probably give another book a chance and if I'm still not feeling it, I'll have to just accept it 😔

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  • 14-02-19

Lame Gang

The description and reviews are amazing so how could I not purchase!?

Struggled to make it a quarter of the way thru - Channing (while a great performance and beautiful voice) was way too old of a voice for this.

While I could get past that, the lame attempt to talk about "gangs/crews" was laughable. The Jets and the Sharks breaking in to dance had more street believability.

Hard pass for me.

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  • Kentucky Bohemian
  • 29-05-19

What Only Love Can Do

Damaged girl grows up in crummy household environment, not feelin' the love. Damaged boy has crummy household, too. No love there. But he finds damaged girl in first grade and latches onto her like his life depends on it. In truth, it probably did. These two, Heather and Channing, sure didn't have much going for them in their early years. They had to claw their way up on their own, and figure out what life and love was all about without any good role models.

But somehow they clung to each other like driftwood from the Titanic and managed to make their own way. It was at times turbulent, messy, insane, beautiful, maddening, and steamy. They must find within themselves and each other the strength and courage they need to grow well beyond their history and become beautiful people capable of loving and caring for others. Fabulous story of an incredible journey and an amazing love.

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  • vgc626
  • 05-02-22

What’s with the reviews?

Listened to the whole thing and never got into it. This rarely happens!
Guys voice terrible!

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  • Sarah Gonzalez
  • 20-02-19

Incredible

This book was truly amazing. I couldn’t stop listening. It had me on the edge of my seat most of the time. It had me feeling all of the emotions. It was wonderful. I didn’t want it to end.

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  • Noura Randle
  • 06-03-22

Hard to like or respect the characters

I just couldn’t get into it. I ended up just being sick of the characters, there’s no real growth from the characters. Female lead resigns herself to just being with male lead as his toxic self. And is shitty to her brother. Male lead made a decision to stop being his toxic self to be a “better man”, but still leaves her hanging for 3 days with no communication - continuing his pattern of shitty behavior.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-01-22

good book

I really enjoyed reading this author.  I look forward to reading more books by this author in the near future.

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  • Erica19
  • 31-08-21

loved it!!

I could not stop listening. Great story, loved learning more of Heather and Channings story. Ive always been curious since reading about them in the Fallen Crest series. Really enjoyed the narrating.

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  • Heather
  • 03-07-21

So damn good!

Hmm, h's named Heather 🙏 please be awesome and do my name justice!
*fist pump* she's a total badass b*tch! 😁❤
Looooved this! A realistic struggle (the character's rationalizations) between staying in the life you know and breaking away for the life you've always wanted. It's hot af, funny at times, dangerous, angsty and full of sad feels. I couldn't help but root for Heather and Channing 🥰
Warning for those who've lost a baby.
Currently in KU for .99 and whispersync for 1.99.

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  • Love222
  • 13-04-21

Heather and Channing

If you're a fan of the Fallen Crest world you'll love getting this story. though you don't really need to read the series for this one but it would be more enjoyable for you if you did. I loved getting the whole story here instead of just the little tidbits here and there. Narration was done well.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-12-20

Love it <3

own e copy, a paper back copy n audio copy of this book. I love Tijan's books! This one is one of my fav. 😉