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If He Had Been with Me: The Tiktok Sensation

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This sweet, authentic love story masks complex characters dealing with complex issues: single parents, divorce, only children yet ersatz siblings; high school, college, the pull of the clique; love, friendship, sex, and teen pregnancy . We watch as she begins to observe Finn from a distance and begins to wonder what if things had been oh so different if one event when they were 13 years old was only seen as the same through both their eyes.

So, is the reader supposed to believe that Autumn and Finny were just Meant To Be and Perfect For Each Other?

At the end of senior year, Autumn's boyfriend breaks up with her, and Finny's girlfriend travels to Europe. There's little plot and not much action as Autumn, Finny, and their friends move through high school.

Instead, we immediately learn that Finny, the presumed love interest, has passed away in a mysterious car accident, and that our narrator Autumn is left to grapple with her guilt.

And as time passes, Autumn will be forced to confront how else life might have been different if they had never parted ways. i literally don’t know what to do with myself and now i’m sitting here thinking about “under the sycamore tree” and “a thousand boy kisses” crying even harder. Compassion and empathy are important tools in supporting friends through challenges, including the ups and downs of growing up, changing relationships, high school melodrama, mental illness, and difficult family dynamics. Sorry but we went through all that just to enjoy them for like 10 pages and then it got ripped from us in the worst possible way.

Autumn picks the college she wants to attend, deciding against becoming a teacher and embracing her creative writing dream.This is one of those books that will sit at the back of my mind forever remembered, quietly torturing me and haunting my soul. It was honestly so sad, seeing what she was going through in her head, and it was actually heartbreaking. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Definitely take a chance on this story — allow yourselves to be caught up in Autumn and Finn’s lives and to root for two childhood best friends to fall in love.

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