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Emerson Blackburn really screwed up this time. He's finally pissed off Jonah, the sweet, patient, funny boyfriend he's loved as long as he can remember, to the point that Jonah isn't even speaking to him. Emerson hasn't felt this awful since the summer after graduation when Jonah ruined their college plans by running off on a cross-country trip without even saying goodbye.Emerson Blackburn really screwed up this time. He's finally pissed off Jonah, the sweet, patient, funny boyfriend he's loved as long as he can remember, to the point that Jonah isn't even speaking to him. Emerson hasn't felt this awful since the summer after graduation when Jonah ruined their college plans by running off on a cross-country trip without even saying goodbye. Jonah isn't just angry. He's furious and hurt. Devastated, even, because he's completely in love with Emerson, but although they've been together for a year, Emerson still doesn't trust him. The full weight of their past mistakes drags Jonah and Emerson into memories of happier-and lonelier-times, but wallowing in their guilt isn't solving the problems. The only way to move forward is to learn from the past... but someone still has to be the first to apologize....

Title : Return to Sender
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ISBN : 9781615818143
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 350 Pages
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Return to Sender Reviews

  • Renée
    2019-02-23 16:35

    3.5 stars. This book is adorable cuteness. It would be rated higher if not for the constant time jumping. I get what the authors were going for - I really do, but it was just too much. I found myself wondering, more than once, where am I?. Emerson and Jonah are best friends who take a while to get their shit together, but they are really adorable. And Jonah's dirty mouth in bed - Yowza! However, Emerson is a bit too OTT with the drama and emoness (is that a word?). If he cried one more time, I was gonna bitch slap him myself.If you can withstand the time jumps, it really is a cute best friends to lovers story.

  • Enny
    2019-03-19 10:49

    They had been stupid over each other for years.This quote just about brilliantly sums up this book.There are two interweaving time-lines in this book "now" and "then" and the fact that in both the two characters are apart from each other and completely miserable about it makes keeping track of those time-lines pretty difficult sometimes. The fact that in both cases the reasons for their separation are completely stupid doesn't make it any easier to feel any real sympathy for them. Return to Sender gets to be a a lot better once Emerson and Jonah start a relationship but till then the only thing that kept from giving up on this book was the fact that I paid for the darn thing. But I had to read a lot of other books in between or I never would've finished it.

  • Idamus
    2019-03-04 10:39

    This book apparently tried to fit in all my pet peeves, I absolutely loathe everything about it, the characters (well, the MCs), the plot, ugh, just no.

  • Cotilla
    2019-02-19 12:42

    I loved this book. I think the back and forth of the storyline makes it more enjoyable.What is the authors' issue with Twilight? I'm sure they wouldn't like Return to Sender badmouthed by some author.Josh's sex talk with Emerson about past sex experiencies is bad, bad, bad, seeing that Emerson feels unconfortable about it. I wouldn't like it if my boyfriend started talking about sex with other people!

  • Edina Rose
    2019-02-22 16:48

    I just can't finish this book. I try and try but... We all have different sensibilities but seriously, the reasons for the conflicts in this book do not seem big enough to create the heroes separations. The reactions are disproportionate, they are adults but behave like in kindergarten. I really tried because I read American Love Songs by the same author and I liked it enough.

  • Elci
    2019-03-14 08:38

    3.5*I'm not a fan of the interweaving time lines. Serious ugh. That notwithstanding, I enjoyed the book. Though Emerson and Jonah had a habit of jumping to conclusions.

  • Jojo
    2019-03-05 09:35

    I have greatly enjoyed Ashlyn Kane's work in the past. This is an older book of hers. It was not my cup of tea. I'll go even further and say it just wasn't good.Emerson and Jonah have been best friends for years and in love with each other since high school. At the opening of the book, they've been together for a year. They have a huge blow up fight. Emerson doesn't fully trust Jonah and jumps to a pretty crappy conclusion. Jonah is pissed and hurt and moves out and doesn't talk to his boyfriend again. Emerson hasn't been this heartbroken since the last time Jonah ghosted on him. Right after high school graduation, Jonah saw Emerson kissing a boy, had a sexual identity freak out/epiphany and ran away without a word and didn't speak to Emerson for months.So, even my summary makes it clear I didn't like this book. I didn't finish it. I think I only made it about a quarter of the way through. I am pretty sure that a full half of that time saw Emerson in tears. he cries more than I do. And I cry at soup commercials. The conflict of their big flight seemed ridiculous. It wasn't a believable source of conflict, certainly not of that magnitude. And their reactions seemed way over the top. Jonah comes off as just an asshole. First you see him running away from his best friend and his family without a word. Then he's leaving his now boyfriend, again, without even a good bye.And all of these things could have been worked through, if the story telling had been better. There are constant time jumps. Within each chapter, it will jump from the past to the present. But even that isn't always chronological. You do spent a good deal of time trying to figure out where in time you are. And i never did figure out why. I mean, why are the writers trying to make me work so hard? If you are going to have your story telling be that non-linear and disjointed, there should be a compelling reason. Some mast plan of character revelation or a building theme or SOME FUCKING REASON. Instead, it's just irritating and the characters aren't at all likable and I gave up. Maybe it gets better. But I'm a pretty forgiving reader and I didn't care enough to find out.

  • Ada
    2019-02-22 13:48

    What to say. It wasn't that bad to give it one star but for me, too much was wrong with it to fully enjoy it. *SPOILER ALERT*Positive sides: - I liked that the letters were written on different papers. Each one gives a hint to where or what both parties were doing. It was clever and funny to read.- I like the side characters. They were non-judgemental but had their flaws.Negative sides:- One of the main character cries. A LOT. I mean I'm a relatively emotional person but you wouldn't find me crying all day long, that's too exhausting. At some point you fall in sleep. The impression I got was that he cried for DAYS. I'm sorry but if he was a girl than I would find already far fetched but he is a guy. Name one guy who even admits he cries once in a blue moon. That bugged me a lot. Even if you're gay, that does't mean that suddenly your testosterones dropped way below the line that females have. (that sentence is wrong somehow but I'm not a native speaker so can't figure out what)- Can't believe that I would say this, but it was too long! It was too long for the plot. The main plot didn't justified such a long story.- I hated, Hated, HATED the going back and forth in time. It was confusing in the beginning and annoying in the end. It also wasn't needed after a certain point. This is the main reason why I didn't liked this book. It's not that I don't like flashbacks (or whatever it's called here, I mean she had different types of flashbacks) but it has to have a place. And it should always be clear that it's starting.

  • Karen
    2019-03-18 12:54

    At the beginning Return to Sender was a harder book to get into than I had anticipated mostly because it bounced around in the time line and as a result at times I started to feel a bit of a disconnect to the characters because I would suddenly realize that I had gone from a scene occuring in the present to something that happened in the past and sometimes the chronology didn't seem to be in order, having said that I loved the characters Emerson and Jonah were so crazy about each other and at times it was just amusing that everyone could see it so much clearer than they did. Once my brain started getting with the flow in terms of jumping around in the timeline I really started to enjoy this story and by the end realized that the fractured way the story was told worked. A good portion of this story is told through a series of letters between Emerson and Jonah which are incredibly sweet & dorky. While the love scenes between these two to say the least were warm & sensual with a nice sprinkling of the same sweet & dorky that was in their letters. Return to Sender ended up being a really enjoyable story about two young men trying to find their way in the world while working out the challenges of going from friends to lovers and whether or not they were willing to take the risk of losing a friend to hopefully gain something more. I think this will be going on my list of comfort reads because it left me with the best of warm, fuzzy feelings about love, trust and the ability to forgive and keep trying when something is worth holding onto.

  • Tammy
    2019-03-03 09:34

    3 1/2 starsI found the format of this book very hard to follow. The story jumped time periods frequently. I don't usually mind flashbacks but this was a little too much for me. It would flash back 2 or three years then jump forward to the present. Then it would flash back just a little bit of time to the very recent past. Several times I had to go back and reread a bit to figure out what time period we were in. In addition you get both mc's points of view. I usually prefer this style but in this book it just makes it more confusing. This book might have been a dnf for me but I really liked the characters - both the mc's and the supporting cast. I wanted to know what happened to them so I kept going. I did find the main conflict of the book to be a little bit overblown. The argument the mc's have is based on an incident that seemed fairly minor to me. All in all I did enjoy the book - I just had to work for it.

  • Nichole (DirrtyH)
    2019-02-18 12:55

    I read some other reviews of this before I finished, and I have to agree that for a long time it was just mopey, whiney boys who were in love but would never say anything, and a lot of the drama seemed blown out of proportion. But I still liked the characters, and I felt that this helped make their eventual coupling that much more satisfying. And then it was just disgustingly cute - but not in that horrible way that makes me gag, but in the way that makes me sigh and grin like an idiot.The book jumps all over the place timeline wise, and a lot of it is presented in letters, postcards and emails. I enjoy books that play with format and I didn't find it difficult to follow, but some might.Overall, a very enjoyable, satisfying, super romantic story. Ashlyn Kane has pretty much reached auto-buy status.

  • ABV
    2019-02-21 11:51

    Deux étoiles et demieUne lecture sympathique mais parfois ennuyeuse. Les allers-retours chronologiques dénoncés dans de nombreuses critiques ne m'ont pas réellement dérangée même si une ou deux fois, je suis revenue en arrière pour voir où j'en étais. En revanche, les deux héros m'ont agacée par moments par leur manque de maturité et les faux problèmes qu'ils se sont créés. Certes, c'est tout à fait en accord avec leur âge (le livre couvre les quelques années suivant la sortie du lycée) mais leurs psychodrames n'en restent pas moins fatigants. Emerson; avec son côté passif, m'a parfois donné envie de le secouer quant à Jonah, il est aussi un peu long à la détente.Bref, j'ai trouvé pas mal de défauts dans ce livre, ce qui étonnamment ne m'a pas empêchée de passer plutôt un bon moment en le lisant...

  • Kiki
    2019-02-24 15:51

    A good example of the too-stupid-to-live character type. Both of them. An entire book about two wanna-be lovers moping and sighing and generally feeling (and behaving) miserably is not particularly enjoyable ... It gets a 2 rating only because there were some (few) good scenes. (And I don't mean the sex, because by the time they got around to that I was so tired of them I really wasn't interested ...

  • blub
    2019-03-12 12:03

    I didn't like the execution style the authors took with this book. I was getting the present and past mixed up and I just wanted the author to get to the heart of the story. Emerson just came off as a whiner to me too. The first couple of chapters all he does it mope and cry. Maybe I wasn't in the right mindset for this story and that's why I didn't like it. I don't know. I might have to revisit this story later just to see if I feel the same.

  • FloJ
    2019-03-13 12:59

    I think the letter or email format for novels can be very successful or a complete failure.I am pleased to report this falls into the former camp and this lives up to the quality of Ashlyn's previous books.An author I always look forward to reading.

  • Jessa Ryan
    2019-02-20 11:00

    3.5 rounded up because I honestly enjoyed it and really like that this author did something different. Loved the letters compared to what was going on in real life. And, oh man, did I wish I could reach into the book to smack them at times.

  • Lily
    2019-03-18 12:54

    3.5 starsThe woes of first love! The MCs go through a long, emotional journey from best friends to lovers but at their young age the slow-pace works well. The authors did a good job with the back and forth, now and then format and overall I enjoyed reading their story.

  • Zane Kage
    2019-03-04 14:35

    3.5 starsI love these two authors and how they collaborate. Loved Emerson and Jonah and truly enjoyed their journey. Unfortunately the time hopping was too much for me (the then, now and in between addled my brain a bit) - otherwise easily would've been a 4 star read.

  • Adrianamae, Marco's fan
    2019-03-15 13:45

    Now...then...now...then...now...then....drama, drama, whine, whine.

  • Epeeblade
    2019-03-03 15:54

    I have no interest in finishing this.

  • Derynmorin1970
    2019-02-23 15:58

    Definitaley another keeper!<3