The Real Thing by Cassie Mae is one of the most realistic books I have read lately. Mia Johnson is going to spend the summer with her best friend Eric Matua. Eric has been in Samoa for the past 3 years and Mia is glad she is going to finally be able to see him. Not only was he her best friend but she also has crushed on him since high school.
Eric, having dealt with esteem issues and a bad relationship has no idea how to handle his attraction to Mia when he sees her again. There are issues from his past that he needs to deal with before they can go forward, but for Mia it will be worth the try.
One can argue this book is sort of like a love triangle when in fact it isn’t. But interestingly, this is where the most real part of the story comes from. For Mia, dealing with a father who is always off to sea and a best friend who moved to another country, Mia relied on the internet and skype to keep in touch. Along the way she has become social media addicted. When emails keep popping up in her inbox from a man looking for his ex Mia, she can’t help but let the man know he has the wrong girl. In doing so, they begin IMing often and this is where the issue comes in. How many of us often overlook the people we are with simply to see what is going on with our cyber friends.
I really loved this book. It deals with relevant issues and gives us two very unique characters you can’t help but root for. The cute little updates or tweets that start each chapter, which is told in alternating POV, were unique and added to the story. Definitely enjoyed this one and I am looking forward to other books from Mae.
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About the Book:
In this electrifying novel from Cassie Mae, two close friends surprise themselves by shifting from platonic love to sexual attraction.
Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world.
When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had.
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About the Author:
Cassie Mae is a full-time writer and mother from Utah. She loves being glued to the computer, thinking up new stories, and writing the day away while the kids run wild at her feet. When she finished her first novel, she started a blog that now gets more than five thousand hits a month. Her group blog is also dedicated to reaching out to aspiring authors by providing critiques and other marketing tools to help them succeed in the industry. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.
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