Review: The Someday Girl by Julie Johnson

Posted February 1, 2017 by Shannon in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: The Someday Girl by Julie JohnsonThe Someday Girl (The Girl Duet Book 2) by Julie Johnson
Series: The Girl Duet #2
five-stars
Published by JOHNSON INK on February 1, 2017
Genres: Famous, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 286
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The movie has wrapped, but the drama is just getting started…

Katharine Firestone finally has everything she’s ever wanted — new house, new car, new status as a Hollywood A-lister. And yet, she’s never felt more isolated. As the movie premiere creeps closer, Kat spends her days playing an infatuated co-star for the press tour cameras, and her nights wondering what the hell she’s going to do to fix the mess she’s made out of her personal life.

One broken girl.
Two heart-stopping men.
One impossible decision.

Torn between the heartbreaker she tried to avoid and the man she never saw coming, Kat will be forced to answer the ultimate question: Do we get a say when it comes to choosing our soulmate?

Love. Lust. Passion. Paparazzi. The road to fame and fortune is never easy. And, in the City of Angels, the only place they guarantee a happily-ever-after is in the movies…

THE SOMEDAY GIRL is a tangled contemporary love story about a girl learning to love — her friends, her career, her soulmate, and, most of all, herself. It is the second installment of THE GIRL DUET, concluding the angsty, addictive storyline that began in THE MONDAY GIRL. Each installment is approximately 95,000 words. Recommended for readers ages 17+ due to strong language, sexual situations, drug use, and other mature elements.

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Haven’t read The Monday Girl yet? Check out my review!

 Review: The Monday Girl by Julie Johnson


Review

I’m in tears.

This duet has a new home on my all time favourites shelf. I didn’t think it would be possible to love The Someday Girl more than I loved the first book, The Monday Girl, but I’m blown away.
I’m speechless.
I’m in awe.
I’m heartbroken and I’m filled with hope.

Julie Johnson is the most underrated author I have ever read. She so masterfully crafts stories that are rich with intricate detail. Stories that live and breathe the emotion of an average female. Stories that teach us not only how to love but how to be loved as well. A story that teaches us that we’re worth so much more than just one day of the week.
We’re worth all of the days.
We’re worth an eternity.
A someday.
A forever.

If anyone out there sees, reads, or listens to any of my recommendations, throw them all out. If I could only give you one story to read from everything I’m gone through over the past year, it’ll be the one of Katharine Firestone.

“When did you get so wise, Katharine Firestone?”
“Not wise. Just marginally less stupid.”

Why, might you ask? Because Katharine Firestone is relatable. She’s you, she’s me, she lives in all of us. She embodies our hopes and lives our fears. She’s damaged, hurt, but she perseveres and rises to become stronger, better, brighter and she teaches the reader how to do the same as well. Katharine Firestone is more than just a character in a book, she’s a part of my soul.

“Allowing yourself to be weak is the hardest thing in the world. But maybe that’s the whole point. Maybe, when it’s damn near impossible, it means you have something to lose. Something that matters.”

I’m going to try really, REALLY hard to write this review without spoilers. And then I’ll proceed to reread it somewhere between three and seven times to try and confirm this fact. That also means I’ll have to take out at least 50% of quotes I want to use… Oh well. It’ll be hard to talk about what I want to say in some areas because of this, so if you don’t mind some no holds barred, 100% honest thoughts, send me a message! 😉

Okay, now let’s get down to all the nitty gritty, shall we?

Jumping into The Someday Girl is like diving into bed after a long day at work. It’s comfortable, familiar, cozy. You think about it all day while struggling through a 9-5 and then you just want to go home. But in this case, I’m talking about a home within the pages of a book. There was almost two months between the two books in this duet but the second I started reading the first page, it felt like I was coming home. Comfortable. Familiar. Cozy. I knew (in theory!) what to expect from these characters but there’s no way I could’ve prepared myself for this wild ride.

“You can tease, but my point is, we aren’t meant to be happy all the time. I think we need sadness and pain and horror, otherwise all the joy we experience means nothing. If you never feel fear, you can’t be courageous enough to overcome it. If you never have your heart broken, you have no barometer to measure the biggest love of your life. Without the dark, there’s no light.”

I couldn’t possibly start this review with anything other then #TeamGrayson vs #TeamWyatt, because, um, hello! Two potential heroes is better than one! Kidding. But this really was the great debate. I know I for one have had a few conversations about these two and while I’ll keep my side quiet (I’m trying to avoid spoilers at all possible costs so not saying who I was routing for makes sense to me), it was quite interesting to see how these two acted at the beginning of the story. I didn’t know how it would play out after the ending of The Monday Girl, but I was definitely surprised by both of them. Then I was continued to be surprised throughout. On one hand, a certain gentleman turned out and acted much differently than I had expected. I felt like there was a different light shed on him in the first book, and thus began my confused love affair with this character. The other gentleman then acted completely out of character – but justly so. I even spoke with Julie part way through (when I suspected what was happening) and told her that I was 1. Not only all for it but 2. I respected the hell out of the direction and honesty she used in this story.

Even from the beginning, I think there were some vague little clues about which direction this story would go. Would Kat end up with Grayson? With Wyatt? Like little chocolate eggs on Easter morning, the reader gets to hunt and search the nooks and crannies for clues and try to piece together the bigger picture.

Was that vague enough for you? This no spoilers nonsense is a little harder than I thought.

So after the first book, I had my heart set on one of the guys. I KNEW it was going to be him, I could just feel it. Everything within me pointed to this one guy. But then when I started reading the second book, I became more unsure. I was starting to get a better feel for the other character and all of a sudden was confused. You know how people say to just trust the author? Julie, take the wheel! I gave it all up, threw in the towel and tried to forget all of my previous ideas. I trusted JJ and let her take me along for the ride. I let her show me why my ideas may have been different from hers or why they might not have worked in the current situation. And man did I buy into it! It’s like I finally saw the light, LOL! It’s like the heavens opened up, the chorus sang and I decided to look towards the sunshine.

“I grew up watching all these movies of epic love stories on the big screen. They were inescapable. Men and women who are destined to cross paths, fated to fall in love, predetermined to be together forever because it’s supposedly written in the stars or steered by invisible winds or sparked by the prick of cupid’s arrow. Soulmates. One, single person in the universe who is meant just for you.” His eyes hold mine and I feel the temperature in the room kick up by several degrees. When he continues, his voice is fraught with tension. “But that’s not real. It’s fiction. It’s the Hollywood spin. It’s the fairy tale that never really comes true. Because while the idea that we all have a single soulmate is lovely… It’s also bullshit. […] Love isn’t some unavoidable destiny, some fate you can’t sidestep. It’s a choice you make —and keep making —every day of your life.”

What I thought I needed after reading The Monday Girl turned out to be bogus. What I actually needed was for Kat to find herself. While still being true to herself, there was such a fundamental change in the heroine between books, it shook me. And yes, of course I know what this change was! But can I tell you? Noooooo. 🙂

It began in small moments but Kat was finally starting to stand her ground. To demand respect. To throw away the self hatred. To believe that a better life, with a better man, was possible. She picked up all of the pieces of her tarnished existence, rotating and jamming them all together to try to make a pretty picture. Then, an image finally started to become clear. An image of her. She did all of this (on her own — not really, she had help but I can’t mention from who AHHHH — but like 90% on her own and then some support) and I had to give this girl mad props. She grew tremendously between the beginning of the duet and the end. She really did rise from the ashes and start again. Reading the entire journey, my heart clenched for Kat and I was overwhelmingly proud of her. To see the strength and confidence that she found? To witness her turmoil again and again while she continued to pick herself up? It’s inspiring and let’s you feel hope for her ending.

“You treat people like pawns on your chessboard, always calculating how to bend the pieces to your will, always seeking to overthrow the balance of power so you’re in control of the game. But you’ve never seemed to realize that, when you win at chess, you end up all alone on the battlefield. A sad, crooked king, with nothing to show for his victory except a crown no one is even left to admire.”

This book is simply so much more than an romance. It’s built on a foundation of being able to learn who you are and redefine yourself. How to see yourself without the criticism of others. How to love yourself despite your ‘flaws’. How to forgive yourself and how to move past the disappointment of others. This book is more than a romance because instead it should be described as a lifestyle.

But more than that, I loved how it was Kat putting her life back together. It was Kat who took the initiative and responsibility. It was Kat who was determined to change her ways. It was Kat proving that she could be better, love better. It wasn’t Kat and Grayson nor was it Kat and Wyatt. SHE did this. She didn’t rely on a hero to save her, she saved herself. Isn’t that a message that we want to teach to our girls? You don’t need a man to save you. Sometimes, a hero wears heels. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and save yourself instead. If you’re waiting for a man to do it, you could be waiting a while. Who knows? He could be stuck in a tree somewhere because he didn’t read the directions on how to get to you.

“One inch lower, and slightly to the right.”
-A girl giving her boyfriend very explicit directions… about where to hang her new painting.

*snorts*

You know the Ke$ha song, Love is My Drug? I have to politely disagree. Love is my not drug. Angst is my drug! I could mainline that stuff and it would be fantastic. I love angst. Like a lot. The more times I have to put my hand over my heart because I can feel my chest constricting while reading a book, the better! Don’t worry, I know I’m weird, I’m don’t mind. Julie not only provides angst, but she provides the good kind of angst. The kind that’s backed up with solid emotion and aforementioned detail. The kind that’s believable and transferable. The kind that the reader feels right along side of the characters. The Someday Girl is saturated with good angst and that makes me a happy, happy camper. I guess on the flip side I also need to address that it’s not all angst, so if you’re not into that sort of thing, don’t worry! There’s also a lightness and an ease all the while being filled with hopeful undertones.

“It sounds, to the unknowing ear, like a fairy tale: two childhood co-stars, reunited after a decade of distance, starring in the most epic romance of the year. A love tailor-made for movie screens.
Unless, of course, you know the truth.
That the hero wouldn’t stay.
That the heroine couldn’t change his mind.
That it wasn’t really love at all —just the potential for something wonderful, wasted on two people who were never meant to be.”

This book is like a big bowl of chicken noodle soup for the soul.

Soundtrack: Rise by Katy Perry
I don’t even need to go into detail here, it’s pretty self explanatory. Now go listen to the song on repeat!

Can I just give a shout out to my favourite secondary character? Kent Masters, my main man!! Wow, I loved this guy. His personality really started to shine in this book and I couldn’t get enough of him. Definitely one of my favourite secondary characters ever, the bits and pieces we got of his story were phenomenal. Not a guy I’ll soon forget! <3

Harper scoffs. “Kent, did we or did we not have a discussion about you being an overbearing caveman?”
“We did.”
“And?” Harper plants her hands on her hips. “Do you recall the conclusion of said discussion?”
He shrugs. “You huffed and puffed about me taking care of you. I heard you out, because I think you’re kinda cute when you’re yelling your head off. Then, I decided to keep doing exactly what I’m paid to do, which is protect Miss Firestone and you, by proxy, whenever you’re with her, which is most days because the two of you are a package deal. Though, since you and me are sleeping together every night and I’m practically living at your apartment, from now on I’ll be protecting you wherever you go, regardless of your friends.” He looks at me briefly. “No offense.”
“None taken.”
He swivels his head back to Harper. “Point is, you’re my girl, and I protect what’s mine.”

Julie writes this duet for every girl out there. Everyone who deserves to be worshipped. Respected. Loved.
I don’t have my own Prince Charming yet, and at this point I feel like that’s almost a good thing. But after reading these books, I feel a lot closer to being ready in my own heart than I was before. This duet is a part of me now.

“People are always waiting around for that magical person who’ll walk into their life and fix them, who’ll offer up some vital piece they’ve been missing and make them complete. They spend years trying to fit their broken edges against another person’s and call themselves whole and healed. The only problem with this, of course, is that expecting anyone else to fix you is an unequivocal disaster.
You can’t wait for a man to come around and put you back together. You have to put yourself back together first, and become the kind of woman who deserves a good man.
You can’t settle for someone; you have to strive for them —strive to be better, to do better, to love better.”

In my review of The Monday Girl, I called it “Real, honest and heartbreaking. An incredible read.” I don’t even know how to top that except by saying this book is more. It’s more real. It’s more honest. It’s more incredible. The best duet I have ever read.

Sure, this duet is the story of Katharine Firestone, but more than that, it’s also the story of us. You, me, Marie from San Fransisco, every girl and every woman who has had to deal with a manchild, a commitment phobe, a playboy. It hurts but it’s real. And as Kat grew, I felt like I did as well. It feels like I learned how to love right along side our heroine and that’s a pretty special feeling.

We deserve so much more than a Monday, and that’s something that Julie proves to the reader. We deserve a guy who will treat us as his someday, who will look at us like his every day, and will love us like his always.

Written with unbridled passion and striking honesty, Johnson delivers a dynamic story that will deliver long past it’s release date. Emotionally captivating and bursting with intensity, The Girl duet feels timeless in its makeup. This will be a story that will pass through generations as we hand it to our daughters, our sisters and our friends. The Someday Girl is a far cry from your average romance novels. Five stars just seems so common these days so you know what? Screw a five star rating system, I’m giving The Someday Girl six stars!

“Is it possible to discover yourself in words penned by a stranger? Can you find your soulmate in the pages of a book?”

It’s possible because I can and I did. From this day forward, I pledge to always choose sunshine and I challenge my friends, fellow readers and bloggers to do the same.

“Every day, you have a choice about how you’re going to live your life.
Choose sunshine, baby. Always choose sunshine.
You look so much prettier with light in your eyes.”

Word on the street is that all the cool kids are one clicking this, so don’t miss your chance to be too cool for school! Oh no, I think I just aged myself. And sounded really lame. So… Just buy the book instead and I’ll stop making corny jokes. Sound like a deal? Want to make another deal? If you haven’t read The Monday Girl yet and want to, send me a message. The first five people that do will go the ebook sent to them from Amazon! <3

 

*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.

five-stars

About Julie Johnson

JULIE JOHNSON is a twenty-something Boston native suffering from an extreme case of Peter Pan Syndrome and an obsession with fictional characters. When she’s not writing, Julie can most often be found daydreaming, drinking too much coffee, striving to conquer her Netflix queue, or stalking Goodreads for new books to add to her ever-growing TBR list.

She published her debut novel LIKE GRAVITY in August 2013, just before her senior year of college, and she’s never looked back. Since, she has published four more novels: SAY THE WORD, ERASING FAITH, NOT YOU IT’S ME, and CROSS THE LINE. Her books have appeared on Kindle and iTunes Bestseller lists around the world.

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