Wednesday 27 November 2019

Mine by Emily Merrill

While I don't often do standalone book reviews, I do hop onto tours for books I'm particularly excited about - and Mine by Emily Merrill* easily fell into that category. Emily is someone I've known through blogging since my very early days, and now she's only gone and got a real life published novel under her belt. I bloody LOVE seeing people I know achieve their dreams so Em, congratulations. Now - about that book...

Mine is about an English student called Avery; immediately, I liked this - it's not quite YA, and not quite a fully adult novel. This is great for me because I love YA and the themes it explores, the way it's written etc, but I sometimes struggle to relate to the characters. Knowing that the protagonist was only a couple of years younger than me (rather than still in high school) was a refreshing change! And she was relatable; I loved uni, and seeing a fictionalised experience of it in the UK was so interesting.

Anyway, the story follows Avery through her second year of university - her boyfriend has moved to the same city to be with her, and she's desperately trying to navigate this new situation. Balancing her long-term romantic relationship with her studies, friendships, writing endeavours and strained family life is bound to be difficult; then things start going wrong with The Boyf, and everything Avery wanted in the first place is becoming everything she definitely doesn't want.

Ultimately, it's a book about 'finding yourself' during that period between childhood and adulthood; it's about dealing with relationships that turn nasty, and having friends to fall back on and a family that can help you get out of a difficult situation. It's about cute coffee shops and dreams of being a writer, takeaway pizza and nights out with the girls, sisterly bonds and hot chocolate with mini marshmallows. It's so real, and despite the heavy themes it was a lovely read.

If you want a book you can relate to and you're a British girl in your early 20s, then this is absolutely for you. There's ups and downs, but ultimately a happy ending - and it's SO beautifully written.

This would also make the perfect gift for a book lover, and seeing as we're currently in the run up to Christmas I'd be daft not to point that out! You can get it HERE or HERE.


  1. I also love YA themes in books but love the sound of this being not quite YA or adult. This definitely sounds up my street! x


  2. This sounds like a brilliant gift for book lovers! I'll definitely be recommending it to my younger cousin (in uni right now!) for sure!
    Bella x

  3. This is such a cool concept for a book. I'm way too old for YA really (even though I still read and enjoy it) and it's strange how literature seems to think that you stop trying to 'find yourself' as soon as you leave school. Uni was such an important time in my life that I'd love to read a book set during that time period! I'll have to check Mine out.
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

  4. This sounds like such a wonderful concept - I've never heard of this author before, but reading your review made me want to change that! You probably can't get the book where I live, but I'll have a look online!

    Dominika | Into the Bloom

  5. I'm really in to young adult books to this might be perfect for me the plot and the concept sounds amazing . Thanks for sharing x

  6. This sounds like a really nice read x

  7. Oh I love the idea of this. This isn't usually something I'd pick up but I told myself I would read different genres this year so I'm gonna add this to my reading list xx

  8. Just reading your post has totally made me think this book would reflect my time in the 20's

  9. I'm going to try and delve back into a bit of YA fiction next year, it is quite enjoyable.

    Amy x
    The July Rose