Author: H.A. Robinson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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At fifteen years old, Abigail Costa might not know much, but there are three things she’s absolutely certain of:
Her grandmother, Nonna, is a superhero and she wants to be just like her one day.
The world is round and she wants to see absolutely every inch of it.
And she and Elliot Peterson will be best friends for life.
After over a decade of getting up to no good together and spending every possible moment in one another’s company, it seems impossible that anything could ever change.
Enter: the new girl. With perfect blonde hair and a body to die for, she’s everything Abbi never realised she wanted to be. And as she starts to notice that something isn’t right with Nonna, she finds that some of her certainties aren’t quite so certain anymore, and loneliness forces her to dig deep for a strength she never knew she had.
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Meet the Author
H. A. Robinson is a jet-setting billionaire with a home on each continent, who spends her free time saving kittens from trees and babies from burning buildings. A graduate of Hogwarts and a frequent visitor to Narnia, she drinks coffee in Central Perk and tames dragons in Westeros.
In her dreams…
In reality, she’s a support worker living in a small town in Cheshire, who would almost always choose fantasy over reality. She’s been an obsessive reader from the moment she picked up her first Enid Blyton book, more years ago than she cares to admit, and enjoys nothing more than getting lost in new worlds and adventures from the minds of all the amazing authors out there.
She’s had the voices of characters in her head for as long as she can remember, and puts them down on paper in order to convince herself and the men in white coats that she isn’t crazy.
4.5 amazingly angsty stars.
The Pebble Jar is the first book I’ve read from H.A. Robinson and what an introduction to her awesome words I had. The world of Abbi and Elliot pulled me in and smothered me with angst, self doubt and a coming of age story that will stay with me forever.
Oh Abbi, if only she could see herself the way we all see her, a loving, caring and sassy young woman with the world at her feet. Instead in true teenage girl style she’s shrouded in self doubt (which is not a surprising given her upbringing) and second guesses everything she does, the only two true constants in her life are her Nonna and her best friend Elliot however her world is thrown into disarray when her constants become more distant. Robinson’s words have a way of sneaking up on you and engulfing you in the story, one minute you’re reading about Abbi and Elliott and the next you’re thrown back to your teenage years remembering the worries, the insecurities and the naivety. I think we can all relate to Abbi and how it felt to be in love for the first time, the confusion the pain and the fact that no matter how hard you tried to fight it, it just wouldn’t subside.
Abbi blames herself for a lot of things that are not her fault and although part of me wanted to shake her and tell her to toughen up the other part ached for the lost teenage girl most of us were at one point. Elliot frustrated me at times I just wanted him to see what was infront of his face but hey, he’s a teenage boy, as if that was gonna happen! All these things just added to my enjoyment, I love the thrill of wanting what you can’t have and the Pebble Jar has that in abundance meaning I couldn’t help but turn the page- sometimes before I’d even read the current one properly.
It’s no secret that best friends to lovers is one of my favourite genres but Robinson exceeded all my expectations and gave me all the emotions I crave. The angst was unbearable (in a good way) and at times I had to put my book down to compose myself but at the same time I couldn’t tear myself away, this book consumed me so much so that I did nothing but think of Abbi and Elliott even when my head wasn’t stuck in the book. I mostly devoured this is two sittings only pulling away because I had to join the real world and go to work even then I was sneaking my phone out to read a bit more.
What I loved most about the book was that Robinson didn’t rush through the years in a bid to throw a sex scene or two in. She didn’t fast forward 3 or 4 years to make the love story seem more grown up like many teenage romance authors do. She took it day by day and allowed us to feel the pain that comes with loving someone so fiercely, the confusion of the teenage years and the reality of growing up. The only thing missing for me was a bit more from Elliott whether it was from him directly or just one more chapter at the end covering him or his reasons for why he did certain things, I can’t elaborate on why as I don’t want to ruin this for anyone but it’s the reason I knocked off half a star as I just felt there was a little bit unanswered for me. I truly believe this should be read with as little insight as possible so it’s hard for my review to do much justice so I just implore you all to read and get lost in the world of Abbi and Elliott, with words as good as these Robinson has guaranteed that this won’t be the last book I read of hers.
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