Hey beautiful book gnomes! Today we’re going to talk about one of my new favorite authors and her upcoming book – YOURS TRULY by Abby Jimenez. This is the companion to one of my top reads of 2022 – PART OF YOUR WORLD. Only this time, instead of Alexis and Daniel, the story follows Briana and Jacob on a fake-dating adventure to help him get through the wedding of his younger brother to his ex. This book deals with social anxiety, a secondary character who is waiting for a kidney transplant, and is one of my top must-read books of 2023!
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Kevin Bacon makes a guest appearance!
One of the things I loved best about PART OF YOUR WORLD was the supporting cast of animal characters. In YOURS TRULY, Briana takes a spontaneous trip to Wakan to visit her best friend Alexis and her new husband Daniel. While she’s there, we get a brief appearance by the town’s mascot, a large pig named Kevin Bacon!
The World Needs More Heroes Like Jacob
The best part about YOURS TRULY was Jacob. He’s an ER doctor who suffers from social anxiety and he’s honestly one of the best protagonists I’ve read about in a long time.
This book starts out with Briana knocking into Jacob and breaking his phone. Because of his anxiety, the confrontation between the two of them doesn’t go the greatest. In order to properly apologize to Briana for calling her out while she’s panicking over her brother in the ER, Jacob writes her a letter.
The back and forth between Briana and Jacob in their letters was so sweet. I’ve always enjoyed books where you get a little glimpse into the characters by their texting or emails. But letters were more romantic and thoughtful. I loved the way they wrote to each other, where they left them, and how the entire world seemed to revolve around these letters for a short time.
Yes, YOURS TRULY has the Miscommunication Trope
While I loved the banter and build-up to Briana and Jacob’s relationship, the miscommunication trope is always a hard one for me. I understood why Jacob assumed that Briana was only pretending to be attracted to him when everyone else was around. Between anxiety and him donating a kidney to her brother … it could be hard to tell what’s real and what’s not.
Many times throughout YOURS TRULY, I felt bad for Briana because her ex-husband really did a number on her. She’s sworn off falling in love and getting married because all men are like him. They’re all going to break her heart and she’s not willing to let that happen. But as she and Jacob get closer (even under the disguise of pretending for his family), my heart broke for her because she didn’t want to let herself fall in love with him.
I want you to know that I have been fully potty trained for quite some time now. I’m pretty proud of it.Jacob, YOURS TRULY
YOURS TRULY Has the Best Laugh Out Loud Moments!
While this book has plenty of serious moments, the banter between Jacob and Briana – how unfiltered and random it was – had me laughing out loud plenty of times. No, not just quiet titters or laughing in my head … full-blown cackling and laughing so hard I started hiccupping. Abby Jimenez is the master of hilariously original dialogue and I never knew what was going to come out of either of these characters’ mouths.
HEAT LEVEL: 🌶️(1/5)
TROPES: fake dating, miscommunication
TRIGGERS: social anxiety
It’s Set in Minnesota!
This may not be a reason to love a book but for me, it IS!! When I read PART OF YOUR WORLD last summer, everything felt so cozy and familiar to me just because it was set in my home state. I got that same vibe again with YOURS TRULY and it made me love this story! From little things like a surgery taking place at the Rochester Mayo Clinic to Jacob buying things for his dog at Chuck & Don’s.
I rolled my eyes and waited. This year was going to be my villain origin story. I just new it.Briana, YOURS TRULY
Lieutenant Dan vs. Baby Goat in Pajamas
The best thing about PART OF YOUR WORLD was the animal characters. I’ve said that already but it needs to be said again. While there were fewer animal supporting characters in YOURS TRULY, I loved Jacob’s dog, Lieutenant Dan! He’s an amputee and named after the character in Forrest Gump.
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PART OF YOUR WORLD by Abby Jimenez!
A Summary of YOURS TRULY
YOURS TRULY by Abby Jimenez is the story of Briana – an ER doctor who has been run through the ringer by her ex-husband – and Jacob – an ER doctor who suffers from social anxiety. After Jacob agrees to donate a kidney to Briana’s younger brother, they embark on a hilarious journey through fake-dating to make his family think he’s okay. Jacob’s younger brother is marrying his ex-girlfriend, after all. As they get to know each other through their carefully staged PDA and Would You Rather sessions, they start doing something they hadn’t planned on … they catch feelings. Will this fake relationship turn into the real thing or does it have an expiration date?