When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?


My thoughts:

It’s been a while since I shared with you something I’ve read. Well, to be honest, I have not read as much as I used to in the past couple of years and to be fair the last book I read cover to cover was an Economics book and what good did that do…well, that is story for another time. However, it is definitely not a book you would probably be interested in. I have been feeling quite down lately and decided to take a break. I should be working on getting this blog back together, writing my assignments or at least my master applications, but I am mentally exhausted and had to take a break. I don’t think I ever felt as down as I have this weekend and luckily I ended up reading a good book.

“Swear on this life” is not just a book. This is a book you will remember, a book you will try to understand and one that cannot and should not be read in just one sitting. There are so many layers to discover that you will feel drained if you attempt to finish it in one go. This is a book that needs to be enjoyed and contemplated rather than ticked off the to-be-read list.

This novel is a story of self discovery and beautifully narrates the process of healing. There are things in life that make us who we are, but also things that have the potential of affecting our lives and stopping us from fully moving on. When it is finally time to confront the past in order to move on, the rollercoaster of emotions and the way we deals with them shows who we truly are and how strong we are. This is Emi’s case as well. By the time you are getting nearer the end you think you know everything there is to know about that sweet girl, but you don’t. There is always something that comes next that is hard to predict or even imagine and that is what makes this book so fascinating.

“Swear on this life” is a love story, but that was not the reason why I decided to pick this book and not another. The love story is beautiful presented, but what lies underneath and how it ties to the present and the future is what made me want to continue reading.

Overall, this book is epic and that is all I am going to say as no matter what I could possibly write on this page, there is nothing that I could come up with that would do this book justice. Yes, that is how amazing it is and I cannot wait to have some time off and read more from Renee Carlino.

From me: 4.5/5