You Can Go Your Own Way | Eric Smith | Book Review

To say that I have been strongly anticipating the release of You Can Go Your Own Way would be an understatement. I have been following Eric Smith since his days at Quirk Books and it brings me great joy to see him releasing another book. Plus, the title of this one is something that could easily get in stuck in my head. Especially if you are a fan of Fleetwood Mac! Even my boyfriend wanted to read this one and actually read it before me.

You Can Go Your Own Way is a story of second chances and two characters who are trying to find their own way in society. Adam and Whitney were best friends growing up until they separated due to persob changes in their lives. Now Adam runs his late father’s pinball arcade and Whitney runs her father’s e-sports cafe’s causing them to have a social media feud going on. The two have not seen eye to eye in years and when they find themselves trapped together during a snow storm,everything finally bubbles to the surface.

This book is such a gem. There were do many moments that made my heart smile. The incorporation of popular culture through out is so well done. Be it music, books or television, you could see how they connected to the characters and the relationships between them in both the past and the present. Adam uses music to connect with his father who has passed and also feels that connection with the arcade. Unfortunately, the arcade is struggling as people now prefer locations such as the e-cafes, and Adam is terrified of losing the one place he feels all of his memories are contained.

Whitney’s whole life changed when her father started his e-cafes. She moved from a lower/middle class in society and found herself with new friends with matching jackets. Her family as starts falling apart as her mother and father separate and she is torn between them and their different interests. She focuses on the social media accounts of the café with hopes of trying to get her father’s attention; only it never seems to work. And deep down, her heart is really with the plants like her mother.

It takes the snowstorm and Whitney and Adam actually being in each other’s social orbits for things between them to start to unthaw. Everything started falling apart when Adam’s father died and Whitney’s father started to soar. There were misunderstandings, miscommunication, and ultimately unresolved feelings between them. There is alot of growth for both of these characters and the status of their friendship and possible relationship. The characters and reader are reminded of their friendship which provides a good basis for the rekindling during the snowstorm. It really pulls at the heart strings.

You Can Go Your Own Way has one of my favorite troupes- friends to enemies to lovers – and does it so well. It did not feel overdone and I loved the use of the “one blanket” troupe as well. There is a strong sense of community through out and of determining self identity and giving these characters permission to “go their own ways” and not the predetermined way of their parents and friends. I would definitely recommend You Can Go Your Own Way to anyone who enjoys young adult, pop cultures and friends/ememies/lovers type troupes.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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