Wednesday, July 9, 2014

**#COYER Review ~ Yours Truly, Taddy ~ Avery Aster**


Yours Truly, Taddy (The Undergrad Years, #2)
Yours Truly, Taddy by Avery Aster
The Undergrad Years #2
Release Date: April 11, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: I received a complimentary copy, via Xpresso Book Tours, in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4 Bookworms

Jetting to Martinique for a modeling assignment with three of Europe's hottest magazine photographers - Gustave, Fabian, and Elon - should've been easy, breezy beautiful. Never did I expect to look up and see a hole in the ceiling of our plane that was bigger in size than my Birkin bag.

Shit! We're nose-diving toward Eden Island. I pictured how my New York Times obituary might read when I'm going, "Taddy Brill, Manhattanite, dethroned descendant of the Austrian House of Brillford royalty, dies at age eighteen, penniless, unloved, and a virgin." I swear this crap only happens to me. Suddenly, Leon pulls me with Fabian and Gustave. Adrealine racing through me, our bodies clung as one. We prepared to...crash.

The Undergrad Years is a New Adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships.

Reader warning: Contains mature content intended for readers 17 and up.

I think The Undergrad Years series, and Ms. Aster's Manhattanites series, are the kind that people either like or don't. I fall into the 'like' category. And here's why...years ago, when my kids were younger, a group of friends and I would go away on scrapbooking weekends. As most of y'all know, I don't watch t.v. At all. Not even the news. But on these weekends, one of us would bring DVDs of Sex in the City, and we'd have SitC marathons while we scrapbooked. This is where I was introduced to this completely foreign and outrageously outlandish lifestyle. The Undergrad Years and The Manhattanites series read like episodes of Sex in the City. They are salacious, outlandish, and fun. Are they fine literary works? No. But entertaining? Definitely.

Yours Truly, Taddy was quite an adventure. Taddy learned a few things about herself. And, as always, we got to see how tight the bonds between this foursome, Taddy, Lex, Vive, and Blake, are.

Having read Unscrupulous, I had a familiarity with Taddy's life. I really enjoyed this view into the moment in time where Taddy finally gave herself permission to embrace who she was and earn the money she'd eventually use for her future.

Taddy is the definition of a survivor. While she and her friends have all endured things no kid should, Taddy had it hardest, in my opinion. Having your parents do what Taddy's did...well, it takes a strong person to survive that. But Taddy figured out what she needed to do and did it. In Yours Truly, Taddy, she faces another situation where she has to dig deep to determine her mettle. Are the circumstances a bit far-fetched? Yep. But for me, this is a rollicking good time.

Obviously, I have an affinity for Taddy. And I'm relishing these glimpses of this foursome prior to their adult lives. I love getting these peeks at events that shaped the adults they became. Ms. Aster knows how to spin a good story. Taddy's has a more mature feel to it but it's just as entertaining. I'm anxious for the next installment, which is Blake's story.


  1. I haven't read anything by Aster, but you make me want to. Did they crash land somewhere? On a tropical island, maybe? LOL. But yeah, farfetched can be fun. Great review, Brandee! I'll definitely add this series to my wishlist ;)

    1. Um, maybe?!? ;) This is completely frivolous fun, Jessica!

  2. I tried Unscrupulous and it just didn't work for me. It was entertaining, though! And your comparison to S&tC is spot-on. I wonder if I would enjoy this more....
    Thanks for the review, Brandee!

  3. AH! I would have loved those scrapbooking and Sex In the City weekends with you. Sounds like so much fun! Though, I quit scrapbooking when Zane was 3 so he has 3 scrapbooks of his baby years and none after that LOL The books sound like fun, light-hearted reads for a good time. Great review! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  4. I'm so happy you enjoyed this one, Brandee. I think I would have, too, but I got completely turned off of it from a quote in the first chapter *sigh*
    I am glad your basement is dry again! And I've heard that it's really warm in your neck of the woods now, my mom is on her way there today :)
    Have a terrific Thursday, my dear! *BIG HUGS*

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  5. Ha! Describing it like Sex in the City had me sold on this series ;) What can I say? Sometimes I like the not-so-literary gems! Great review Brandee :)

  6. Oooh... this sounds like an interesting sequel. I am a little hesitant continuing this series because I didn't enjoy Love, Lex as much as I hoped. But you have made it sound good! I may have to give it another go!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace


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