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Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite
In Who We Were by Christy Sloat, Sadie Peters is going to summer school at a different school than her own in order to gain some extra credit so she can have shorter days next year. She never intended to gain more friends or start falling for one of the very popular Rylan brothers. And she definitely didn’t expect to grow distant from her best friend, Lily. How can so much change in such a short amount of time? While some changes can be good, Sadie is having trouble dealing with others.
What a pleasant surprise! When first starting this book, I thought it was just a simple book about a teenager going through everyday teenage problems, but I was wrong. Yes, Sadie has typical issues with friends and potential boyfriends, but there were so many messages I took away from this book. One thing that sticks in my mind is we have to be supportive of our friends, no matter what. Many of us disapprove of the choices our friends and family members make, but we ultimately have to support them if we truly care. Otherwise, we lose those very important people that mean so much to us.
I think teenagers and adults alike should take this very important message to heart. In addition to the lessons learned, I really enjoyed the romance. It was sweet and moved at the perfect pace. My only complaint was that I wish it were longer. I was so disappointed to see it end. I wanted to see more of Sadie and her life with her new guy. Filled with real emotions and heartwarming moments that will make you reminisce about high school and your first love, Who We Were is a must-read. I can’t wait to read more by Christy Sloat. I’m a fan!