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For straitlaced Scarlett Rossi, college was supposed to be all about finding herself. But when a whirlwind romance goes tragically wrong, what she finds is much darker than expected. Reeling from the fallout, she returns home, lost, alone, and scarred. Determined to rebuild what was stolen that night, she embraces the fighter within. With a heart of gold and a smile like th For straitlaced Scarlett Rossi, college was supposed to be all about finding herself. But when a whirlwind romance goes tragically wrong, what she finds is much darker than expected. Reeling from the fallout, she returns home, lost, alone, and scarred. Determined to rebuild what was stolen that night, she embraces the fighter within. With a heart of gold and a smile like the sun, Vance Holloway can light up any room. So when his charms are rejected by the new girl at work, his curiosity is piqued. Vance sees right through Scarlett’s stubborn walls. And he’ll stop at nothing to break them. Over ice cream, music, and a handful of moments, he slowly earns her trust. Finally Scarlett’s found somebody safe… that is, until he falls in love. So begins an explosive tryst of push and pull between one broken girl and one irresistible boy. Scarlett won’t survive another heartbreak. Can their friendship survive a compromise? Vance may be set on healing her heart, but he has no idea what he’s up against. As her walls continue to crumble, grief looms and triggers resurface. Until both are faced with the heart-stopping truth: what really happened the night she swore she’d never love another man, and whose hands are stained with his blood? Join Vance and Scarlett on this powerful journey of romance, mystery, and redemption.


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For straitlaced Scarlett Rossi, college was supposed to be all about finding herself. But when a whirlwind romance goes tragically wrong, what she finds is much darker than expected. Reeling from the fallout, she returns home, lost, alone, and scarred. Determined to rebuild what was stolen that night, she embraces the fighter within. With a heart of gold and a smile like th For straitlaced Scarlett Rossi, college was supposed to be all about finding herself. But when a whirlwind romance goes tragically wrong, what she finds is much darker than expected. Reeling from the fallout, she returns home, lost, alone, and scarred. Determined to rebuild what was stolen that night, she embraces the fighter within. With a heart of gold and a smile like the sun, Vance Holloway can light up any room. So when his charms are rejected by the new girl at work, his curiosity is piqued. Vance sees right through Scarlett’s stubborn walls. And he’ll stop at nothing to break them. Over ice cream, music, and a handful of moments, he slowly earns her trust. Finally Scarlett’s found somebody safe… that is, until he falls in love. So begins an explosive tryst of push and pull between one broken girl and one irresistible boy. Scarlett won’t survive another heartbreak. Can their friendship survive a compromise? Vance may be set on healing her heart, but he has no idea what he’s up against. As her walls continue to crumble, grief looms and triggers resurface. Until both are faced with the heart-stopping truth: what really happened the night she swore she’d never love another man, and whose hands are stained with his blood? Join Vance and Scarlett on this powerful journey of romance, mystery, and redemption.

30 review for Use Somebody

  1. 4 out of 5

    Uma

    One word - Goosebumps. "For whatever reason, this boy who thought he had love all figured out, and this girl who had stopped believing in its existence, had found hope in each other." If you think, even for a second, that you know how it's going to go, you are wrong. Brilliantly written, each sentence is flawless and well, undeniably from the heart. Use Somebody will gnaw at you and make you keep flipping its pages. "You, I thought. You and your ability to make me feel beautiful, desired, One word - Goosebumps. "For whatever reason, this boy who thought he had love all figured out, and this girl who had stopped believing in its existence, had found hope in each other." If you think, even for a second, that you know how it's going to go, you are wrong. Brilliantly written, each sentence is flawless and well, undeniably from the heart. Use Somebody will gnaw at you and make you keep flipping its pages. "You, I thought. You and your ability to make me feel beautiful, desired, respected and confident all at the same time. Even in our secret, unconventional, limited relationship, never once had I felt like anything less than his entire world." Getting to know Scarlett Rossi and her demons (slowly) will make your heart trickle with anxiety. Getting to know Vance Holloway will make you want to glide over a rainbow and never return. Getting to know Ricky Storm will make you want to reach out and soothe him. And getting to know Gabriel, well... it'll make you question your heart and your mind. "A wound that leaves you disfigured. Maybe it heals. Maybe eventually it doesn't even hurt anymore. Still, it'll always be there, a constant visual reminder that you'll never again be quite right." At times, I felt like screaming at Scarlett! All because I knew HE would be able to understand and look past everything. At times, I got mad at HIM for pushing HER too hard. That's how raw everything felt. I found myself in love with every character in the book. Yes, even the nasty ones. Why? Because they were so beautifully portrayed. Real. That's what it was. The book was real. Riley Jean evoked all sorts of feelings within me. Pain. Happiness. Confusion. Devastation. Longing. And what-ifs... A story of forgiveness. A story of faith. A story of love-comes-softly. A story that's bound to stay with you for a long, long time...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Riley Jean

    Join Vance and Scarlett for the journey of a lifetime in this heartfelt coming of age romance. Join Vance and Scarlett for the journey of a lifetime in this heartfelt coming of age romance.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Terry

    *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review* I cried, I laughed, I got angry. This book affected me. Rarely ever do I come across a book that captures my soul and heart. The only books I've ever been emotionally moved by -- and I mean EMOTIONALLY, like my life is forever changed, I stay up at night thinking about the book and the life lessons, I'm always wondering how my life relates to the story, the book will stay on my mind for weeks after I finish reading it, it's like losing a *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review* I cried, I laughed, I got angry. This book affected me. Rarely ever do I come across a book that captures my soul and heart. The only books I've ever been emotionally moved by -- and I mean EMOTIONALLY, like my life is forever changed, I stay up at night thinking about the book and the life lessons, I'm always wondering how my life relates to the story, the book will stay on my mind for weeks after I finish reading it, it's like losing a friend once it's over -- are John Green's "Looking For Alaska", Veronica Roths "Divergent" Trilogy, and SM Koz's "Breaking Free", and now this one! All of these books share the same element of finding something deep inside yourself. I love that! This book was so great. If I could give it a 100/100 star rating, I would. It took me two days to read it (with breaks every once in awhile), but I devoured it! I lost sleep over it, I even found myself sitting in my bed acting it out as if I was Scarlett. I probably looked crazy, sitting on my bed with tears running down my face mumbling scripted words from a book, but I couldn't help myself. I found doing that made me connect with the story and I could really feel Scarlett's emotions. When I first started reading this, I thought it was going to be a cliché girl-gets-bullied-bad-boy-swoops-in-to-save-her-and-they-struggle-with-their-relationship-but-they-make-each-other-stronger-and-fall-in-love type of story. It was soooooooo far from that. I don't even have anything bad or any criticism to say! I feel like this story is so intricate, intertwined and interlaced that nothing should be changed. In the beginning I was confused with the constant back-and-forth and the flashbacks and Scarlett was kind of cliché in the way she changed herself to the Bad Girl "Scar" after we see her as such a good-girl in the beginning, but it was needed in order to carry out the story. Jesus! This was amazing! There was nothing predictable or boring! I loved everything about it! And so many of the characters have such an impact on this book that I'm not even going to individually comment on their importance and impact on the story. They're all needed, and all the decisions and actions in this book are exactly the way they should be. So many plot twists and surprises! I will focus on Scarlett and Vance. Vance swept my heart away. I absolutely love that the author didn't focus on his appearance, it was described a few times, but we learn more about his inner thoughts and feelings. I fell in love with Vance's soul. He really made me think and, as cheesy as it is, he's changed my life. So has Scarlett. Through all the struggles they faced, and even though I was constantly thinking "just communicate with words, talk it out!!!!" I'm glad that this happened the way it did, otherwise the lesson to this story would have been different. All the side characters were much needed too. It added to the depth of the book. Ricky was so important and impacted Scar's life. Lexi moulded Scarlett into "Scar". Gabriel.... Jesus, I liked the flashbacks and journal writings about him, and he was obviously important to the story. All of Scar's ex-boyfriends were important. Her little squad/clique of friends from high school, too. Her family impacted her life. Everything did! I loved that we saw glimpses of Scar's old life, while she made a new life, albeit struggled and made a mess of it, with Vance's group. I felt like I watched someone grow up. It felt like this story covered 20 years of Scar's life, not just a few. She grows so much, and so does Vance. Gosh, I don't even know what to do with my life now. And the whole theme with music was amazing. I myself have a love for music like no other, and damn right you best believe I wrote all these songs and bands down (though I knew most of them, but I had forgotten about some of them) and made my own CD! And the wilderness, alcohol, drugs, sex, it all ties the story together and makes it so much more powerful. Scarlett and Vance bond so much and talk about so much it makes you stop and think about stuff. And the whole "Rosie" thing... UGH. I want my own Vance Holloway!!! I'm going to be thinking about this book for at least another two weeks. Anytime I get attached to a book, I wake up in the middle of the night and think "what would (insert character's name) be doing/thinking right now?" And it's gonna happen with this book, too. Hands down to Riley Jean! Really. I read about 2 books a day, and I rarely ever find books that shake my world this much, and it's hard to do. My words do not do this book justice. 5/5 stars! I love it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    O M G !!! Where do I start.. 1. I love that this is a long book. The author could have done what many do and broken this story up into a series. Ick.. 2. What can I say about Scarlett/Scar.. This girl/young woman starts out as a very sweet and shy person who is picked on and taken advantage of by others because she is sweet and shy. She has friends but some(cough Lexi cough Bitch) of them are not very good friends. Something happens that we aren't privy to(awesomely done) until much later in the O M G !!! Where do I start.. 1. I love that this is a long book. The author could have done what many do and broken this story up into a series. Ick.. 2. What can I say about Scarlett/Scar.. This girl/young woman starts out as a very sweet and shy person who is picked on and taken advantage of by others because she is sweet and shy. She has friends but some(cough Lexi cough Bitch) of them are not very good friends. Something happens that we aren't privy to(awesomely done) until much later in the book has broken her to the point she is reinventing herself with a tough barrier that shouts "back off". Protection mode is on.. 3. Vance is a wonderful guy, full of fun and life and joy. He slowly breaks through Scar's walls, sort of.. She continues to block him even tho she seems to be letting him in. 4. Ricky, oh Ricky.... There's my bad boy.. Gotta love him and I want MORE RICKY! Ricky is Scarlett's friend, the one she goes to when she can't handle things. 5. James is her jerk of a brother who seems to do no wrong(hahaha) in her parents eyes. 6. Scarlett's friends. What can I say.. They are not all that and a bag of chips as friends go, but life is like that.. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.. There were times I felt it dragging and wanted to smack Scar upside her head. When I got to that crucial part where you find out what drove Scarlett to close herself off and become Scar I swear I had to slow down and read it twice. WOW.. Well done Riley Jean.. I love it.. Please continue to write full and complete stories. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tandie

    Sheesh! There was some truly great writing in this behemoth of a book. Unfortunately, the author tried to tell way too many stories. I was super invested in the friendship and love story of Scarlett and Vance, but even that got beat to death. Sad to stop caring about something that was initially amazing. Too much focus on every single high school relationship. Pointless romanticism of a drug addicted, violent alcoholic character named Ricky Storm. An attempted rape scene that was tacked on for ma Sheesh! There was some truly great writing in this behemoth of a book. Unfortunately, the author tried to tell way too many stories. I was super invested in the friendship and love story of Scarlett and Vance, but even that got beat to death. Sad to stop caring about something that was initially amazing. Too much focus on every single high school relationship. Pointless romanticism of a drug addicted, violent alcoholic character named Ricky Storm. An attempted rape scene that was tacked on for manufactured drama and then handled offensively. She doesn't press charges, says it's no big deal, and continues to be friends with the guy who tried to rape her in a hot tub. GREAT MESSAGE for young women! So, while there was some potential, the story lost focus and devolved into what felt like cheap emotional manipulation. Disappointed.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lyka

    Note: I received this free eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review. “Until we are ready to love with all our hearts, all our minds, and all our souls, we are nothing but lonesome people, just looking to use somebody.” Before anything else, I'd like to express my sincerest thanks to the author for giving me the opportunity of reviewing this wonderful, wonderful book. Now, I felt bad that I didn't get to pay for my copy because in all honesty folks, this one's worth every penny. Let me Note: I received this free eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review. “Until we are ready to love with all our hearts, all our minds, and all our souls, we are nothing but lonesome people, just looking to use somebody.” Before anything else, I'd like to express my sincerest thanks to the author for giving me the opportunity of reviewing this wonderful, wonderful book. Now, I felt bad that I didn't get to pay for my copy because in all honesty folks, this one's worth every penny. Let me begin with its emotional impact to me as a reader. A work’s emotional impact is probably the oldest approach in literary criticism, dated back to the classical era, but hey, don’t many of us readers read for enjoyment and leisure? And don’t we just love books that capture all our senses that we no longer “read” them but “live” in them? Well, this book has that effect on me. I admit that I have always been an emotional reader. Yet, I believe that I am not gullible enough to know when the book is getting overly cheesy or pretentious. Now, the point is that this book is neither of the two. It has been an emotional ride for me. And boy, what a roller coaster of emotions! Yet, upon finishing the book, the pleasure (or tears), is not all that stays with me, but tons of life lessons and realizations. So, you see, this was not an ordinary pleasure-reading experience for me but one that reminded me of things essential to a worthwhile existence. Five words to describe this debut novel: Haunting. All-consuming. Thought-provoking. Titillating. Inspiring. It was never a passive reading for me, it's more of interacting with the book, and if you're the type of reader who's into writing marginal notes, this book won't disappoint you then. Once in a while, maybe like what it did to me, you'll find yourself debating with its characters, even questioning (or justifying) their decisions and actions. In short, it messes with your mind--in a good way. I think. Throughout the course of reading this book, my heart has bled and shattered a thousand times. At some heartbreaking scenes, I needed to pause because the pain I felt in behalf of the heroine (Scarlett Rossi) was just too much to bear. I just felt that I needed time to let out a sob and bawl my eyes out. Some scenes and revelations are too poignant; I literally felt the tightening in my chest. Yet, the wonder of reading a great book, is that once I reached the pages leading to its conclusion, I found those broken pieces of my heart, gradually putting themselves back together, healing each and every crack, as if it has never been broken. Yes, this book will emotionally (and at times, mentally) slay you, but in the end, it’s all worth it. I personally (and absolutely) love the turn of events in Chapter 46 (and the Epilogue of course). I probably had the MAJOR break down here, both in a good and not-so-good way, yet I survived with my faith in humanity and PERFECT TRUE LOVE restored, so watch out for it! For a debut novel, the quality of the writing style exceeds my expectation. It is one of the best New Adult/Contemporary Romance novels I’ve ever read in terms of the plot’s originality, writing style, as I have mentioned above, and characterization. It features all the elements of the New Adult genre and more. It offers a story beyond the typical formula of two early-twenties characters with emotional baggage, and third parties, and f*cked-up homes, and steamy scenes, with musicians and athletes and bad boys, and alpha males and bitches. It’s a well thought-out story of true love, betrayal, heartbreak, death, friendship, kindness, conformity, forgiveness, family and finding one’s self. But then if you are looking for book boyfriends, this book offers not one, not two, not three but four! You have the musician, the town’s bad boy, the dark hero, and the nice, sweet boy (I would definitely root for the nice boy!). I guess you have to read the book in order to get what I’m saying here because I won’t elaborate anymore. In terms of the storytelling, I will be direct and admit that I am NOT really a fan of (a lot of) flashbacks (I still favor the good ol’ linear plot) but I’ll make an exception here. For one, I believe it is vital to achieve the element of suspense and mystery in the story (which is EXCEPTIONAL, btw, and one that I would NEVER guess, if I hadn’t cheated (guilty) and jumped right away to THAT chapter). Also, the shifting from present events to past events is presented in a neat way that won’t confuse the readers. Plus, it is forgivable because it’s not as if every chapter has flashback scenes that it would eventually bore and/or tire the readers. One of the strengths of this novel is its characters. I commend the author for her characterization, for her ability to create realistic, dynamic characters, so relatable that you see parts of their personalities in your very own friends, enemies, family members, lovers, or neighbors. Even the secondary characters are dynamic. I saw them, not just a tool to highlight the story or the thoughts and motives of the main characters but as real people with weaknesses and strengths, with the good and bad sides. I met them in different scenes and I felt that there are more to their “existence” than the way they project themselves to the main characters. And the thing that I love most about the characterization is the conception of VANCE HOLLOWAY’s character. Thank you, Riley for this Golden Boy. And if other readers say that someone like him doesn't exist in real life, then know that at least one reader (that’s me!) begs to disagree. In my history of reading NA novels, I had a fair share of alpha males and bad boys to last a lifetime, so thank you, thank you for Vance. “There’s no shame in admitting I don’t have it all figured out yet (perfect love). But I’ll tell you one thing---real love is more than one moment. It’s a whole forever of moments, good and bad. It’s seeing every unlovable detail about a person and loving them anyway. It’s a physical feeling, like there’s no such thing as being close enough. It’s choosing to be with somebody despite every obstacle or excuse you can come up with. It outlasts everything and overcomes all, no matter what, because when it’s real, you can never stop fighting for it. That’s the perfect love.” -Vance Holloway- Since I am committed to give an HONEST review, I will also point out that this work is not entirely flawless. I spotted a couple of typographical errors. However, they are only minor ones, and won’t affect the idea of the sentence and all, and just mere repeated or misplaced words. It is also quite a long novel, and I believe that some not-so-important scenes have to be edited. All in all, this is a highly recommended novel. Not a waste of time and money. Not smutty. I'm so sorry I couldn't put into mere words how amazing this book is. There is so much more to tell but I'm afraid I'll just end up babbling here. This is why, you have to read it if you haven't yet, in order to relate with me and all these readers who went crazy after reading it. I actually thought of starting a book club so that I could discuss this book thoroughly (seriously!). I am so happy and thankful that I sent that e-mail and received a copy. That moment changed my life as a reader! And yes, I am also thankful for music, pancakes, swings, and Orion’s belt! :)))

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers

    This is Riley Jean's debut novel and I thought it was wonderfully written. This is a standalone but is about 700 pages so not a short read. I don't usually read novels this long but I made it and it was worth it in the end. I do think it could have been a series. Scarlett was always the "good girl" growing up. She didn't cause her parents trouble, had good grades and was a friend to everyone. Her best friend, Lexi was the complete opposite and was always trying to change Scarlett, have her let l This is Riley Jean's debut novel and I thought it was wonderfully written. This is a standalone but is about 700 pages so not a short read. I don't usually read novels this long but I made it and it was worth it in the end. I do think it could have been a series. Scarlett was always the "good girl" growing up. She didn't cause her parents trouble, had good grades and was a friend to everyone. Her best friend, Lexi was the complete opposite and was always trying to change Scarlett, have her let loose in college but she is not the reason for her change in the end. It was one night. One traumatic night that caused her to do a 180. She ended up leaving college and going back home... Scarlett changed her name to Scar. She was not that good girl everyone remembered before she left for college. She now had straight hair, not blond curls. She had attitude and didn't want to be a doormat anymore. She came off as kind of bitch but her new co-worker, Vance saw she was hiding and was determined to make her smile. Scar thought Vance was a goober but after finding out he had a girlfriend and wasn't flirting but just being nice, she relaxed a bit, she didn't want to date, ever again. She was done for good. She didn't trust because of the past and didn't see love in her future. Little by little Vance would get Scar or Rosie, which only he called her. They enjoyed music and pancakes together and even hanging with his friends who for the most part became her friends but she still wasn't completely comfortable. Something was changing and Vance started to feel more than friendship for her after his break-up. She could not go there and Vance knew this but he was persistent. He would not push but he would not give up on her. He knew the real Rosie and he was determined to have her open up to him. Will she let Vance in before it's too late? Not going lie, I wanted to throat punch Scarlett/Scar/Rosie on more than one occasion. She was so stubborn and frustrating but by the end I understood why. She had gone through a lot. Now, I did love Vance! He is sweet, loyal to a fault, sexy, funny and endearing. Rosie was so lucky to have him and she did treat him bad and his friends saw it but he knew deep down she didn't mean to. But will she go too far? Will he give up and let her go? The other characters were all different. Ricky and her side friends were completely different then Vance's friends. Her friends were drinkers, rockers and rough and his were bubbly, gossipy and well...one of them just down right passed me off. Lol Overall...it was a great story about betrayal, forgiveness, healing, friendship, family and of course love. You see Scarlett transformation and how hard it was for her to get through a year of changes. I was a rollercoaster and I did have my ups and downs with it with my emotions towards it and with the characters. Quotes: “Love betrays you; anger strengthens you. Channel your anger and nothing can touch you. Not grief or guilt or any person. You have a lot to be angry about, Scar. Just focus on that.” “You’re a mystery to me, Scarlett Rose. But one day I’m gonna have you all figured out.” “I’ve been lied to all my life,” he said. “The best part of waking up is definitely not Folger’s in my cup.”

  8. 4 out of 5

    DB (DB's Guide to the Galaxy)

    A copy of this book was e-mailed to me in exchange for an honest review. Okay, before I start the actual review, let me just fangirl for a moment. *cue fangirling Oh my days, this is an absolutely amazing book! I hope the author writes a thousand books akin to this, because I’ll read the heck out of all of them. And of course, what would a fangirl moment be without this: asdfghjkl I just can’t even! Scance/Vacar (ship names for the two main characters-don’t judge me, those are the best I could come A copy of this book was e-mailed to me in exchange for an honest review. Okay, before I start the actual review, let me just fangirl for a moment. *cue fangirling Oh my days, this is an absolutely amazing book! I hope the author writes a thousand books akin to this, because I’ll read the heck out of all of them. And of course, what would a fangirl moment be without this: asdfghjkl I just can’t even! Scance/Vacar (ship names for the two main characters-don’t judge me, those are the best I could come up with-I like Scance the best) are OTP and I hope this book becomes a movie so I can see some Scance action on the screens! EEP *cease fangirling Are you looking for a New Adult novel that once you start reading, you physically cannot stop until your eyes feel like they’re in hell? Well, look no further! Get off your horse, make camp and get ready to read a fantabulous book! No, but like seriously, the amount of times I swooned in this book is more than when I read All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (if you haven’t read it, you’re wasting your time!). By the time you’re onto the second chapter of Use Somebody, you’ll want to stay home and do nothing until you’ve finished the book (I was contemplating not going to work). The story is that Scar (full name Scarlett Rossi-thumbs up for the Italian surname) moves back to her hometown after a traumatic experience at college (which you, the reader, can read it and cry for yourself). She begins at an ice cream shop (a place I should never work at, because all the ice cream would be eaten on the first day, more like in the first hour.) Her co-worker is Vance Holloway, an adorable little s**t who loves pancakes, has great taste in music and somebody I would love to go out, mostly for his enthusiasm. Along with adorable moments, like the inevitable thinking of the pair’s friends that the two are together (because, of course, a guy and a girl can never be simply friends-*eye roll), this novel is so adorably heartbreaking, you’ll find yourself reaching for a tissue and wanting to work at an ice cream shop. Final Verdict: An undoubtedly wondrous well-written novel that reaches into your heart and squeezes it so hard that you won’t be able to breathe for a few days. Would I recommend this novel to anyone?: Abso-flogin’-lutely.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Beauty and the Book

    "Life wasn't about dodging landmines; it was about standing tall even when the world does everything in its power to annihilate you." THIS. This is what the new adult genre SHOULD be. Poignant, heartbreaking, inspirational. Fans of Colleen Hoover and "The Sea of Tranquility" will love it. This book will crack your heart wide open, push you past your limits, and refuse to leave you unchanged. It will effect you long after the final page. And the characters will stay in your heart. This is the mark "Life wasn't about dodging landmines; it was about standing tall even when the world does everything in its power to annihilate you." THIS. This is what the new adult genre SHOULD be. Poignant, heartbreaking, inspirational. Fans of Colleen Hoover and "The Sea of Tranquility" will love it. This book will crack your heart wide open, push you past your limits, and refuse to leave you unchanged. It will effect you long after the final page. And the characters will stay in your heart. This is the mark of a powerful story. If you think you know what's happening... you have no idea! A refreshing new voice in the new adult romance genre. No insta-love, no smut, no cookie cutter heroes/heroines or recycled plot lines. This book breaks all the rules, and the result is pure magic. Use Somebody will take you back to your youth, to the depths of awkwardness, angst, betrayal and self destruction, and teach you lessons that feel like growing up all over again. Scarlett's personal journey was jaw-dropping and the emotions she made me feel were gritty and raw. Vance Holloway...(le sigh) My favorite book boyfriend of all time. I swear every time that man opened his mouth, I swooned. And the writing? Brilliant. I've got so many quotes highlighted on my kindle, my note section alone is a novella in of itself. Surprisingly deep and insightful with many unique layers to the story. Definitely one I will reread. As soon as I finished, I immediately went back to revisit my favorite scenes. This is a long story, but would I cut any of it out? I don't think so. Absolutely everything is relevant to developing the characters, crafting the mystery, and capturing the slow burn of a friends-to-lovers romance. Witty banter, moving love story, epic climax... a new favorite. Favorite parts: (view spoiler)[the setting of the ice cream shop, the tattoo, the bike ride in the canyon, cabin truth-or-dare-or-drink, the first kiss (swoon!), the concert, the drawing of the rose, the poetry, the playlist, and the epilogue. (hide spoiler)] Oh, and (view spoiler)[Ricky Storm! #whereisrickystorm (hide spoiler)] HEA? (view spoiler)[ yes (hide spoiler)] ARC provided by author. Thank you, author, for the ARC. And thank you for giving us the whole story in one book instead of three.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Devi Nair

    Check out the complete review at Views She Writes - WordPress Reviews What a book!!! Seriously, by the time I finished it, I was so much amazed by the story. There are very few books which has managed to take me on a roller coaster ride as much as “Use Somebody” has. Scarlett has turned into Scar – a hard-core form as compared the bubbly happy and innocent girl she was before she went to college. Now she doesn’t care about anything, is as far away from happy and bubbly as possible, and does not be Check out the complete review at Views She Writes - WordPress Reviews What a book!!! Seriously, by the time I finished it, I was so much amazed by the story. There are very few books which has managed to take me on a roller coaster ride as much as “Use Somebody” has. Scarlett has turned into Scar – a hard-core form as compared the bubbly happy and innocent girl she was before she went to college. Now she doesn’t care about anything, is as far away from happy and bubbly as possible, and does not believe in love. Her co-worker Vance is a very positive person, who wants to convert Scar back into Scarlett. What started as friendship soon turned into love for Vance, but Scar is still scarred and cannot trust again. Will Vance be persistent enough to make the impossible possible? Will Scar let herself be loved so much that she becomes Scarlett again? When the dark past comes tumbling back, will they both be able to sustain the pressure? Or will it end up breaking them both irreparably? This is a dark love story. The story is in first person and alternates between past and present at frequent intervals. There are bouts of diary entries in between which gives an insight mostly for Scar but there is one entry about Vance too, which gave another turn to the story. The book is very much in detail and require patience to read every word of it. The story pace is very fast and that makes reading word by word very difficult. There are many places where I rushed through various paragraphs just to know what happened next. To give more authenticity to the review, I am sharing the status updates I kept putting on Goodreads, whenever i finished a particularly thrilling part 35% – There are times at the book, like when Ricky asks Scar to get a tattoo, when you feel Scar is a real person, a friend standing with you, and you have this powerful urge to tell her not to do it and go listen to Vance 50% – The pain is clear but Scar and Vance should get together soon. I am dying to know what happened with Gabriel but she should open up now. Poor guy is trying so hard 50% – The story is elaborate and very much in detail. And somehow it is still very endearing. It is very much like life itself. You know everything is going to end well in the end, but the present is far too slow for patience 50% – The poems in between are so perfect for the settings. Rhyming and so much in sync with the story. Just perfect

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessa

    **I received this ebook for free in exchange for an honest review. That did not influence my decision.** Let me just start off by saying that it has been a while since a book has impacted me on such a personal and deep level. Scarlett's story and anxiety are so familiar that reading this story had me riding an emotional rollercoaster. I love the depth to the characters that Riley Jean wrote into the story and how she helped them grow and experience relationships and love. The relationship between **I received this ebook for free in exchange for an honest review. That did not influence my decision.** Let me just start off by saying that it has been a while since a book has impacted me on such a personal and deep level. Scarlett's story and anxiety are so familiar that reading this story had me riding an emotional rollercoaster. I love the depth to the characters that Riley Jean wrote into the story and how she helped them grow and experience relationships and love. The relationship between Scarlett and Vance started off rocky, but was quickly a relationship of best friends, comfort levels, and witty repartee. I loved the conversations between Scar and Vance, as well as the other characters in the book. They felt so real and they talked about things that real people talk about, so I felt like I knew the characters on a personal level. When Scarlett was happy, I was laughing right along with her. When Scarlett's heart was broken, I was crying and sobbing as I read the words. When she was faced with situations that were out of her control, my anxiety was through the roof. Riley Jean's writing was spot on and her story line kept me engaged, I was mesmerized by the characters and the situations they were in. Her writing reminded me of Sarah Dessen's and has easily become one of my most favorite books ever.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Georgiann Hennelly

    Use Somebody is a beautifully written Dark Love story. Scarlet was once a Beautiful full of life bubbly girl than one night something Heart shattering and traumatic happened it left her reeling. She returns to her hometown where nothing ever changes except here she is know as Scar and she is fierce and untouchable, She is resolved to bury the nightmares of that horrible night that changed her the night everything was stolen from her... It divided her life in two ( Before Him)( After Him). Vance Use Somebody is a beautifully written Dark Love story. Scarlet was once a Beautiful full of life bubbly girl than one night something Heart shattering and traumatic happened it left her reeling. She returns to her hometown where nothing ever changes except here she is know as Scar and she is fierce and untouchable, She is resolved to bury the nightmares of that horrible night that changed her the night everything was stolen from her... It divided her life in two ( Before Him)( After Him). Vance Holloway is a do gooder he makes it his mission to cheer up Scar the new girl at work. Scars tough girl attitude doesn't fool him. He knows deep down the old bubbly Scarlet is still there. With a little patience and persistence they slowly become friends, best friends than something a little more. Only problem Vance wasn't supposed to fall in love with Scar. Scarlet doesn't want to be saved ,she doesn't want more heartbreak. Can their friendship survive a compromise? I truly enjoyed this love story. I felt sorry for Vance. A truly emotional journey of romance, mystery and redemption.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)

    I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. This book will take you on an emotional story rollercoaster as you learn why Scarlett changed from having blonde hair and being happy to everyone into Scar, a black-haired sullen and sarcastic emo girl. Not only that but you also see how friendships change over the years and how some just aren't meant to last past a certain time. It was wonderful to read something that was a slow-burner, where they took the time to get to I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. This book will take you on an emotional story rollercoaster as you learn why Scarlett changed from having blonde hair and being happy to everyone into Scar, a black-haired sullen and sarcastic emo girl. Not only that but you also see how friendships change over the years and how some just aren't meant to last past a certain time. It was wonderful to read something that was a slow-burner, where they took the time to get to know each other and indeed, the idea of taking that any further shook one of them up so much that it became a detailed part of the story. There is a twist to this story that I never saw coming and I LOVED IT! I won't say anymore than that because I don't want to spoil it for anyone else but it certainly gave the whole story a new spin which is incredibly hard to do at such a late stage in the book. A raw and poignant story about life, love and friendships. Definitely recommended!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Avery

    Use Somebody by Riley Jean 3.75 stars Use Somebody, the debut novel by Riley Jean, is a complex story based on the emotional tragedies Scarlet Rossi faces and fights to overcome. The storyline starts out really strong, but tends to move slowly, as Jean weaves the story that is the bases for all that Scarlet must face, without completely losing who she is at heart. Scarlet is forced into situations that would break many, but with the help of a witty and fun loving Vance, she starts to try to find t Use Somebody by Riley Jean 3.75 stars Use Somebody, the debut novel by Riley Jean, is a complex story based on the emotional tragedies Scarlet Rossi faces and fights to overcome. The storyline starts out really strong, but tends to move slowly, as Jean weaves the story that is the bases for all that Scarlet must face, without completely losing who she is at heart. Scarlet is forced into situations that would break many, but with the help of a witty and fun loving Vance, she starts to try to find the answers that will lead her to happiness she didn't think was possible. I enjoyed reading this book and the realities of what it takes to dig deep within ones self and learn that each of us is stronger than we believe. Riley Jean helps us to believe in Hope again. All the while, showing us the obstacles life can put in our way, in our attempt to find that hope and forgiveness. Although the pace of this book is very slow, it was a good and encouraging read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Misti Sonntag

    This book!! "It is a story of betrayal and grief. Loneliness and pain. The development of real friendship. Rebuilding trust. Facing fears and healing. Finding myself again. Discovering hope. It is the journey of redefining perfect love." I couldn't have said it better. Scarlett is lost and trying to find her way back. She is just a little scared to let anyone in and scared to trust herself. Because lets admit it she sucks on picking people in her life. Then she meets Vance and he slowly brings her This book!! "It is a story of betrayal and grief. Loneliness and pain. The development of real friendship. Rebuilding trust. Facing fears and healing. Finding myself again. Discovering hope. It is the journey of redefining perfect love." I couldn't have said it better. Scarlett is lost and trying to find her way back. She is just a little scared to let anyone in and scared to trust herself. Because lets admit it she sucks on picking people in her life. Then she meets Vance and he slowly brings her back to life. He is everything she's ever wanted. Can she take that last step? All of these characters are great! I would love some more of James or Ricky Storm. ❤️

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    USE SOMEBODY BY: RILEY JEAN      Where do I even start?! I guess the first thing that comes to mind is that one of the things I really enjoyed about this book were the things that it made me think about myself. First of which being that I found myself about 300 or so pages into this story thinking, "Oh come on, when is Scar going to pull her head out of her ass already?!" I was desperately searching for everything to start to fix itself. I kept telling myself isn't this when a book usually does t USE SOMEBODY BY: RILEY JEAN      Where do I even start?! I guess the first thing that comes to mind is that one of the things I really enjoyed about this book were the things that it made me think about myself. First of which being that I found myself about 300 or so pages into this story thinking, "Oh come on, when is Scar going to pull her head out of her ass already?!" I was desperately searching for everything to start to fix itself. I kept telling myself isn't this when a book usually does this? Here's the thing, part of the reason I was so expectant for this story to fit in the usual parameters of books I read, is because so many of the books I read lately are part of a series and tend to come to an end around this point, just to be continued when the next part comes out. It's been some time since I read a FULL (like really full) length novel. So as soon as I quit thinking about how this book should compare to others in that sense, I actually just sat back and enjoyed experiencing everything it had to offer. And it truly did have so much to offer. So yet again I learn the life lesson that patience pays off (a constant thing I have to relearn lol)    <---- totally me, like all the time.       Scarlett's transformation from the light, bubbly girl full of hope in the beginning, to Scar the broken loner, who doesn't dare to dream anymore was such a stark contrast. It felt like Scar and Scarlett were two completely different people.The not knowing what brought on this radical transformation was killing me! As the story progresses we get little glimpses from Scarlett's past and many of the things that contributed to the huge change. All the small hurts and disappointments and eventually the monumental one.       "Relationships are like that. Each time you fall in love with someone, you give a part of your heart away. And when they're gone, they take it with them. Some people gave little pieces away too many times, like Lexi. Some people gave their whole heart away once, like Gwen. When it ends, what is left of their heart? A smaller piece? A large hole? Could you fill it up, would it heal over or grow back?"      There was a lot of stuff in this story that was so easy to relate to. So many hard life lessons that we learn along the way, from realizing who are our real friends, to dealing with and learning from the mistakes we've made in the past, and also learning what real love looks like and how it works, and does not work. The thing that I liked about this factor of the story was that Scarlett started realizing these things slowly, and even in the midst of doing so, she still made plenty of mistakes. It wasn't something she learned all at once and executed with precision, it was like real life, always evolving and getting knocked down and deciding to get back up again.     "When I hid behind my walls, they blocked everything out, the good along with the bad. I was convinced that numbing myself was the only way to survive. I hadn't seen anything beyond my own misery to find something worth holding onto. But now, looking at the sky and trees and earth before us, I could only wonder, what kind of life could I have without this?"     Now that's not to say there weren't times when Scarlett screwing up wasn't extremely frustrating, like wanting to pull your hair out frustrating, because it definitely was, but it also made this story seem more genuine, so I accepted it.....well by the end.             "...But as bad as it can be, I think it could be just as amazing. And that makes all the hard parts worth it. So you can't let it keep you down. People come and go. But you can always hold on to the good times in your heart, even if that person's no longer with you. You have to look back at everything that's made life good, instead of why it isn't now. Life isn't something to endure, Rosie. It's something to experience."           Another thing I really enjoyed was the other characters, Vance especially (of course!). Vance was the best! He was the ray of sunshine that couldn't help but cut into Scarlett's vast darkness. I loved that more than anything, Vance was an incredible friend. Everyone in life should count their lucky stars if they have just one friend like him. He was someone you couldn't help but to like instantly.       Even some of the other characters that were harder to warm up to or like in general, weren't always total villains. They had many different layers, or reasons for doing the things they do. May not be good ones, but the point of it all was beautifully summed up by the end. I think that notion played into the whole everyone kind of uses someone theme here. Sometimes whether they admit it to themselves or not. And that's definitely something else that's relatable to real life. If it's using someone to make you forget about someone or something else, or using someone so you aren't alone, using someone to make you feel better about yourself, or even using someone to hurt someone else. At one point or another we all use somebody, and get used by somebody, and this story showed this brilliantly.        I just want to add a few brief things. The first being that this book really kept me guessing the whole time, as to what happened in the past and to what was going to happen next, which was refreshing and quite a ride. Even if you figure out some of it, there's PLENTY that will knock you on your ass, so just you wait!        Finally, a thank you to Riley Jean, first for gifting me this fantastic story for review, and secondly because (very tastefully) there was some brief context in this story concerning religion/church, which for the first time in sooooo long made me feel something positive about it. Thank you for bringing to the forefront all the absolute best, most beautiful things about a subject that typically has me shying away from it. Use Somebody was an emotional journey and I highly recommend it!         I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review       

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amie's Book Reviews

    USE SOMEBODY Author: Riley Jean Genre: New Adult Fiction, Drama, Romance Release Date: March 31, 2015 Length: 700 pages Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ * I received a free electronic version of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I find it very interesting that in the introduction the author tells readers that she had never intended to release this book. "It began as a creative outlet and turned into a hobby." This fact appeals to me. When an author writes for the sake of writi USE SOMEBODY Author: Riley Jean Genre: New Adult Fiction, Drama, Romance Release Date: March 31, 2015 Length: 700 pages Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ * I received a free electronic version of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I find it very interesting that in the introduction the author tells readers that she had never intended to release this book. "It began as a creative outlet and turned into a hobby." This fact appeals to me. When an author writes for the sake of writing and not for the sake of trying to cater to what they think potential readers want, I believe they produce a superior story. Too often the books I see on library or bookstore shelves are written with the goal of sales in mind rather than for the pure enjoyment of a good book. Riley Jean's introduction concludes with her saying, "So to each and every reader, I just want to say that I feel incredibly humbled that you have allowed me to share my story with you." Reading this made me even more eager to read her book. Page one made me burst out laughing. Why? Because I have actually experienced exactly what she writes about. I have very long, naturally curly hair and I cannot count the number of drunken "OMG, girlie! I loooove your hair!" comments that I have received over the years. She states: "Fact: Drunk girls are fascinated by curly hair." This book started out one way and then changed. If you were only to read the first few chapters you would assume you know exactly how the story will proceed. You would be wrong. Scarlett (or Scar as she prefers to be called) has had some bad breakups. Throughout high school she had always been the quiet good girl. The one who believed in happily ever after. But, that was before she learned the truth. Now she has cut and dyed her long blond hair and styled it into a shorter, black more emo-type style. Gone are the days of cute outfits and manicured nails. Now her nails are neglected and black and grey are her standard color choices for clothing. She has built a brick wall around her heart and vowed to never let anyone in again. The thing is, that Scar has a valid reason for wanting to protect herself and she isn't about to share that reason with anyone. When she meets Vance and learns that he is in a loving, long-term relationship she tries to keep him at a distance. Despite her best efforts, they end up becoming friends. But, can this emotionally damaged girl ever really open up to anyone again? And what was it that happened to her to cause her to lose all faith in love and happily-ever-after? This is a terrific story targeted at "New Adult" readers. This is not a young adult novel. It takes place after high school graduation when teenagers are on the cusp of adulthood and are struggling to find their place in the world. Riley Jean has shown that she has an uncanny talent for getting into the hearts and minds of her characters and translating that understanding onto the page. Readers will find themselves drawn into Scar's world and they will find themselves invested in her life. The characters feel so real that you will find yourself wondering if this is truth rather than fiction. That is the mark of a talented writer and I believe that this debut novel is destined to launch her on a career path where writing stops being a hobby and becomes her full-time vocation. Despite some minor editing errors I rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ FAVORITE QUOTES: "Lexi always said never to trust girls at parties like these, that everything was a competition for attention, and if it meant having an advantage, no one would hesitate to stab you with a stiletto." "It's a confusing age, that time between adolescence and adulthood." "Everyone is struggling to dream big when we have little." ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Riley Jean works as an Executive Assistant to the CFO of a Fortune 100 company. At night she transform into an aspiring author. USE SOMEBODY is her first novel. To learn more about her visit https://www.goodreads.com/rileyjeanreads or visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/rileyjeanreads To read more of my reviews visit http://amiesbookreviews.wordpress.com

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chu

    It took me to a very, very long journey with enough rollercoaster to last me a lifetime. But it was one amazing ride. WOW. That’s all I could say after finishing this book. I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t move. One thing for sure, I felt a great relief, it was like lifting several pounds of weight from my back. I can’t say I finished this in one sitting, oh no. Because the first thing I noticed about this book is that it would be a very, very long read. I was wondering if it would drag, if it would It took me to a very, very long journey with enough rollercoaster to last me a lifetime. But it was one amazing ride. WOW. That’s all I could say after finishing this book. I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t move. One thing for sure, I felt a great relief, it was like lifting several pounds of weight from my back. I can’t say I finished this in one sitting, oh no. Because the first thing I noticed about this book is that it would be a very, very long read. I was wondering if it would drag, if it would bore me. If it would somehow make me give up reading it for a while, but no. If not for work and the need to sleep and eat, I would have finished this sooner. This is one book, no matter how long, you wouldn’t dare give up on. You see the growth of the characters, of relationships, and the death of some. You pin for the characters, wishing them ill, wishing them well, wishing for their heads to get out of their a**. You’d want to argue with them, to plead, to beg, to reconsider. You’d want to feel that ounce of hope amidst the desperation and hopelessness. You’d want to give up after several tries, but can’t, because you just have to give this one more try. I had a love-hate relationship with this book, but in the end, I decided to love this one. Because how can you not love the book that made you feel so much emotion, and gives you a reprieve in the end. It wasn’t an easy read, it didn’t make me cry. It was heavy that it took some time before my heart settled in the usual rhythm. This is a story about love, friendship, relationship, of betrayal, hope and second chances. Of believing in the power of love, and that somehow love can surpass everything and anything, that it can heal, it can endure and make everything a whole lot brighter. Of faith and redemption. There was a lot of anguish, a lot of frustration, a whole lot of feels in between the storyline, and it felt that it would last a lifetime before I can feel normal again. You’ll hate some characters enough to want them out of the book, and there are some that you will come to love from start to the end. And then there were some you’d love to hate, but can’t. Because they need more love from you rather than the hate you were so willing to give them. There are lots of things that you wouldn’t expect and a lot of things that would caught you off guard. This was one amazing book, and I urge you to read it. It may have some slow moments, but please don’t ever give up on reading because it gets better, it gets surprising, it gets amazing as you turn the pages. Purchase Links: AMAZON Kindle Follow me on: Twitter | Facebook | tsu | Instagram More of my reviews at http://reviewsofabookmaniac.blogspot.com

  19. 4 out of 5

    Renee Cook

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This, by no means, changes my opinion at all. Actual rating: 4.2 stars. Use Somebody is the story of Scarlett: a girl who has to find herself again after going through a lot of really bad situations in her teenage life. Scarlett moved away for college with one of her best friends. The last thing she expected to happen is to lose herself in a relationship. She falls head over heels for Gabriel, but after one terrible night she loses I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This, by no means, changes my opinion at all. Actual rating: 4.2 stars. Use Somebody is the story of Scarlett: a girl who has to find herself again after going through a lot of really bad situations in her teenage life. Scarlett moved away for college with one of her best friends. The last thing she expected to happen is to lose herself in a relationship. She falls head over heels for Gabriel, but after one terrible night she loses herself even further. She moves back home because she can't handle being there anymore and finds herself living back at home. Enter Vance. Scarlett gets a job with one of her best friends, Gwen, at an ice cream shop. Vamce Holloway is her boss. She's surly, bitchy, and not looking for friends. Vance doesn't care -- all he wants to do is to make her happy and see her smile. With each attempt he can sees Scarlett's resolve faltering and he knows he's onto something. Vance becomes one of Scarlett's best friends and the one person she can rely on that won't expect too much out of her. He's also the one person who knew her before she moved away, but doesn't expect her to be that same person. She hints at bad stuff having happened and he never pushes her to reveal exactly what it was. ** First off, holy almost 800 page book, Batman! I knew the book was long when I took on the opportunity of reviewing it, but my goodness. I'm impressed! I enjoyed this book. I liked that Scarlett had issues, but she didn't just let all that take a backseat when she met Vance. It happens all too often that these girls have these hardcore issues, but after the guy making a couple passes at them, they all but trust him with their lives. That wasn't the case here and Vance really had to work hard to crack Scarlett's hard exterior. I wouldn't say it was fast moving, but it did have an even pace. It had just enough background to make you understand why she was the way she is, but I did feel like it wasn't touched on quickly enough. You get one picture and then all of the sudden, she's thrown back home and into a different place than she was, and you don't exactly understand the why. I did love all the curveballs that you're thrown though. One specifically big one I didn't expect at all and my mouth ended up hanging on the floor for quite a while. Once that's revealed, you completely understand why Scarlett is the way she is without a doubt. I also loved all the musical references. It took my back to my later teenage years, myself...which I enjoyed. If you're looking for a book that will make you laugh, cry, and get angry all in the same pages, then you've found the book here!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Ok, so I finished this book MONTHS ago, and received it as a gift from Miss Riley Jean, and I am hating myself for taking so long to get this review up. For that, Riley, I am SO sorry!!! Other than that, this absolutely phenomenal read was emotional. I went from loving this book, to hating it, to crying over it, and not being able to not think about it when I had to set it down. This is the book that I will recommend to people when they want an emotional novel. There was so much to this novel. S Ok, so I finished this book MONTHS ago, and received it as a gift from Miss Riley Jean, and I am hating myself for taking so long to get this review up. For that, Riley, I am SO sorry!!! Other than that, this absolutely phenomenal read was emotional. I went from loving this book, to hating it, to crying over it, and not being able to not think about it when I had to set it down. This is the book that I will recommend to people when they want an emotional novel. There was so much to this novel. So much more than the synopsis lets on. So much more is in this book than the synopsis, and I have to say Riley Jean did such a wonderful job bringing this story to life. It's been months since I read it, and I still really have no idea what to say, or what to type out to review this book. It was one of those books that you just constantly think about. It doesn't matter the outcome of this novel because the in between is what made this book. Scarlet wants to go back home. After a heart wrenching moment that really defines her, she makes the escape back home. Back to the town that "never changes" and has always been there when she needed it the most. I liked that Riley made the town something that never changed. A constant in Scarlet's life even when Scarlet herself changed - and somehow not for the better of things. The new Scarlet is a different person. A person she has come to not really know, and not really enjoy being. There is so much behind Scarlet that it isn't fair of me to sit here and go on about her. The mystery behind her is the true part of this novel that I think has me reeling in the end... Vance is the other main character that is mainly focused on. While these two characters were the main focus, there were so many more characters that played HUGE parts in this novel. Anyways, Vance was an interesting character. He knew that the girl who moved back home was not the girl that had once lived there. Something had happened to seal her away from everybody, and he wanted to be the one that got to her. When Scarlet finally gives him the time of day, he knows he can get to the bottom of this girl that has a deep hidden secret. Vance is good for Scarlet...if only she would see that about him. This novel was amazing. Again, I am so sorry for not getting my review up quicker. Here it is now, and as I process it I want to add more to this review. There was just too much to process, and too much to capture in the first go around. Heck, I plan on reading it again, and picking up on more than what I caught the first time! Anyways, thank you Riley for contacting me, gifting me a copy, and sharing this story with your readers. I look forward to your other work.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Krista Gervais

    Whew okay, I don't really know where to start with this. First off, I didn't think I would finish a 777 page book so quickly, but I was enthralled enough that I had to know what happened. When I commit to do a read-to-review, I can't help but somehow rate it in my head as I'm going. Obviously I know it's going to change before the end but I just analyze how I feel at the time. And I have to say that my opinion was a roller coaster on this one. For the first chunk of the book, I was soo in love w Whew okay, I don't really know where to start with this. First off, I didn't think I would finish a 777 page book so quickly, but I was enthralled enough that I had to know what happened. When I commit to do a read-to-review, I can't help but somehow rate it in my head as I'm going. Obviously I know it's going to change before the end but I just analyze how I feel at the time. And I have to say that my opinion was a roller coaster on this one. For the first chunk of the book, I was soo in love with it. I FRIGGING LOVE VANCE. No ands ifs or butts. He was so sweet and so charming and the stuff he said. There were at least 10 times that I re-read his dialogues over and over before moving on because they just melted my heart. The next portion of the book I was anxious and impatient and sometimes frustrated. Riley's description of the book says "So begins an explosive tryst of pull and resistance, between one worthy white knight, and the damsel who doesn’t want to be saved." This couldn't be more true...'pull & resistance'. Theres soo much of it and while I loved Vance's chase, I just wanted to yell at Scarlett to just GIVE IN ALREADY. Later in the book however, you get a little bit of a different picture of her back story and things make a bit more sense.. For the last section of the book..I cried and again I was anxious and impatient just needed to know how things would unfold. And I was happy with the result. Honestly I was quite nervous about the length of this book... Would it drag on and on and on. I didn't feel like it did. Ya there was a lot of back and forth, but would I change it? I'm not sure that I would. I think most of it is needed to tell the story accurately. I was also nervous about the fact of the past story and the present story being told throughout the book...Would I be torn between her past love and her potential future one. I'm not a big love triangle fan and I don't like to LIKE two guys in a story but I think this was written really really well. And I have to say that at one point, I flew up in my bed and if I'm not mistaken actually yelled WTF. To say I was shocked was an understatement..and I fricken love that. I LOVE that in a book. The mystery and suspense and the OMG. Overall I did enjoy this book. And I actually wanna say someone is lying if they say this is Riley Jean's first novel. It is BEAUTIFULLY written. Koodos to Riley and a huge thank you for providing me with a copy of your book to review!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Haas

    Scar traded in her cute curls and bubbly personality for an edgy emo look. Instead of continuing to be taken advantage of, she's putting herself first. But can her walls of defiance keep charming and elusive Gabriel out? “Use Somebody” is written in a unique manner. It is almost like the author is communicating with the reader through this highly relatable story. Riley Jean articulates a beautiful novel about enjoying life, learning to accept loss and experiencing everything in between. The wordi Scar traded in her cute curls and bubbly personality for an edgy emo look. Instead of continuing to be taken advantage of, she's putting herself first. But can her walls of defiance keep charming and elusive Gabriel out? “Use Somebody” is written in a unique manner. It is almost like the author is communicating with the reader through this highly relatable story. Riley Jean articulates a beautiful novel about enjoying life, learning to accept loss and experiencing everything in between. The wording is very genuine and the author creates characters that I really came to know. I felt like I developed friendships with these book dwellers, and I was sad to shut my Kindle off at the end. Riley Jean's debut novel explores teen angst at its finest and has great character development. The characters are fighting battles within themselves to break through the tumultuous teenaged walls into a more composed version of themselves. I couldn't stop flipping through the pages to see what was going to happen next. This book flows from past to present and really had me guessing. Once the different story lines mesh together, a beautiful story unfolds. I was always one to shy away and keep others at a safe distance, and Scar's story really resonated with me. She just wanted to be safe and shut people out, but inevitably that also restricts the positive feelings from entering your life. Her emotions were so realistic and kind of hit home. The most unique element of “Use Somebody” is the use of music to emphasize specific time periods and emotions. It is rare to see a sound track in a novel, but I found myself humming along to each punk rock song. These may not be the most mainstream bands, but if you are an alternative rock lover, these hits may cause extreme giddiness. It's fun to see how each song matches its coupled title and reminisce a bit while reading. I really enjoyed reading this, it is something different, gives you a relief from all of the lovey dovey books that are so popular right now. The killer soundtrack really impressed me, it gives each chapter an extra edge. I loved the scenes with Gabriel, as it showed a different side of Scar. This is one of those books you can't put down! A lot of the conversations and thoughts would make good quotes. “Use Somebody” has the perfect mix of gritty emotions, quirky commentary and genuine affection.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Penny Marks

    Keep Reading! I admit when I started this book I was skeptical if I was going to finish. After the first couple of chapters I put it down and came back and then read a few more and put it down again. It was slow at first but once I got through the first few chapters I couldn't put it down! I wanted to learn more and more about each and every character and how they had faced different life events. Seeing Scarlett transform to Scar was heartbreaking but her finding herself and friends along the way Keep Reading! I admit when I started this book I was skeptical if I was going to finish. After the first couple of chapters I put it down and came back and then read a few more and put it down again. It was slow at first but once I got through the first few chapters I couldn't put it down! I wanted to learn more and more about each and every character and how they had faced different life events. Seeing Scarlett transform to Scar was heartbreaking but her finding herself and friends along the way made it exciting.Seeing Scarlett fall in love for the first time with Gabriel and how that effected every relationship after was hard. I loved how the author explained each character in detail so that you felt like you were growing with them through every hurtle. Teens today must go through all the feelings that Scarlett, Scar, Rosie went through, love,hate,excitement, loss,worthlessness, fear, anger, and her final step of learning to love herself and forgive. Everyone who reads this will find a friend that they have had like, Lexi,Ricky,Cole,Kiki,Gwen,Claire,Anthony, Nathan, Pheniox and Vance. As well as all the other characters that formed Rosie into what she became in the end:) It was great to see Rosie find out what love really is all about. I believe that Vance saved Rosie but that Rosie also saved Vance. I loved this quote that Vance said to Rosie about love, "Its choosing to be with somebody despite every obstacle or excuse you can come up with. It out lasts everything and overcomes all, no matter what, because when it's real, you never stop fighting for it. That's the perfect love." This quote explaines everything about this WONDERFUL BOOK!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Rogers

    "It is a story of betrayal and grief. Loneliness and pain. The development of real friendship. Rebuilding trust. Facing fears and healing. Finding myself again. Discovering hope. It is the journey of redefining perfect love." - Rosie This book really got into the nitty gritty about love, life, and relationships.The highs and lows, what to expect from human nature and how others act or react to information they have or are given. We see humanity at its best and worst in this story. My heart broke "It is a story of betrayal and grief. Loneliness and pain. The development of real friendship. Rebuilding trust. Facing fears and healing. Finding myself again. Discovering hope. It is the journey of redefining perfect love." - Rosie This book really got into the nitty gritty about love, life, and relationships.The highs and lows, what to expect from human nature and how others act or react to information they have or are given. We see humanity at its best and worst in this story. My heart broke for Scarlett with all she had to endure, the choices she felt were forced upon her, and how she dealt with pain, suffering, sacrifice, denial, love, joy, happiness and everyone around her. I see myself in many of the choices she made as I am sure many others might. As an adult I have so much more life experience, and I wanted her to stop shutting everyone out. But I am sure I would have done the same at that age. She went through some truly horrific situations, stuff I would not wish on my worst enemy. She finally learned that avoiding and running was not the answer but she must face and move on!! For me this book mosied along, however the writing was clear and understandable, the character development was good and I connected and identifies with several different characters within the storyline. I laughed and cried with this story, I was angry and my heart broke, I felt rapture and triumph. So many FEELS were present that while it is not my normal genre I read, I truly enjoyed this story of life and how one young lady handles the cards she is dealt right or wrong. How she learns from her past choices and comes to terms with what is hanging over her head.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    *I want to thank the author for allowing me the opportunity to receive this book for free in exchange for an honest review.* This was an interesting read. There were times where I got extremely frustrated with the way the author wrote this book, but after I finished reading the whole story, everything made sense to me. I finally understood the main character’s actions and why the author wrote the relationships between each character the way she did. And I can honestly say I did not expect that tw *I want to thank the author for allowing me the opportunity to receive this book for free in exchange for an honest review.* This was an interesting read. There were times where I got extremely frustrated with the way the author wrote this book, but after I finished reading the whole story, everything made sense to me. I finally understood the main character’s actions and why the author wrote the relationships between each character the way she did. And I can honestly say I did not expect that twist – it completely took me by surprise which is rare for me. I was definitely impressed. I really enjoyed the overall message of this book and would highly recommend it to everyone. I do want to say that it was a very emotional read, so be warned but it is definitely worth it. I want to share a quote that I think epitomizes what this book was about and the overall message the author was trying to convey. “Life isn’t something to endure… it’s something to experience.” I am intrigued to find out if the author is planning on writing another book with these characters – I want to find out where Ricky is and what is in his future. I really enjoyed his character and even though I understand why I was still kind of sad at how his and Scar’s relationship unfolded. It would be interesting to get his point of view during these same events. And who doesn't love a great guy like Vance - he was adorable and I laughed out loud quite often. I can’t wait to see what is next for this author.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Simona

    First of all I would like to thank the author for giving me the chance to read the book. I would try to be fair with the story. I liked it very much, even if is maybe a classic. It gives you goosebumps, your heart breaks and joy with the characters. It was a little long in my opinion, but without all the details it wouldn't be the same. To arrive at the end, you have to make baby steps with them, to see the progress, to understand way Scarlett is so massed up. My favorite was definitely Vance, b First of all I would like to thank the author for giving me the chance to read the book. I would try to be fair with the story. I liked it very much, even if is maybe a classic. It gives you goosebumps, your heart breaks and joy with the characters. It was a little long in my opinion, but without all the details it wouldn't be the same. To arrive at the end, you have to make baby steps with them, to see the progress, to understand way Scarlett is so massed up. My favorite was definitely Vance, because he knows what he wants and fight to have it. He see when Scarlett is vulnerable and help her. And unfortunately she needs that help desperately, even when she doesn't want it. Sometimes she is to stubborn the accept it and that maked me so mad with her because she almost lose everything. The second characters are very important, every one of them have their stories, some bad, some good. I would like to see how is going to be the story of Ricky. He is an important part in Scarlett's life and he deserves a better end. Even if we don't know what happened in he's life to make him so bitter, he's good deep down and deserve a second chance. So maybe, I hope, he's going to be ok. I don't won't to make spoilers, so I'm gonna stop here. Read the book and enjoy the story. It worth it. Especially for the end, it's gonna blow your mind! P.S. Be kind with me, is my first review ever!! <3 <3

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    I could not put this book down. I literally snuck in a chapter here and there whenever I had a spare few minutes. I just couldn't wait to see what was going to happen. I loved how the first chapter of the book was set in the past but we as readers didn't know that until the chapter was over. It threw me for a loop, but it was a pleasant surprise. I also loved how I really thought I had the story all figured out as to what happened with Gabriel, but I was completely wrong! Stories that surprise m I could not put this book down. I literally snuck in a chapter here and there whenever I had a spare few minutes. I just couldn't wait to see what was going to happen. I loved how the first chapter of the book was set in the past but we as readers didn't know that until the chapter was over. It threw me for a loop, but it was a pleasant surprise. I also loved how I really thought I had the story all figured out as to what happened with Gabriel, but I was completely wrong! Stories that surprise me are hard to come by. Usually they're all so predictable, and this one wasn't in so many ways. At first I hated Scarlett and her attitude toward life in general. But as the story went on and more personal things about her were revealed, I started to like her more and more. I loved Vance right from the beginning. He's such an easily likeable character and very funny. Ricky is another character I really liked. He is a complete mystery and the parts of him that he did reveal to Scarlett showed that he really can be sweet and there's more to him than meets the eye. I'd love to read a story just about Ricky. This is a definite must read. There are so many funny parts, sweet parts, emotional parts, and sad parts. It's a little bit of everything and I enjoyed every page. *copy received from author in exchange for an honest review*

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chrsitina Somerville

    I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I enjoyed this book, it was a bit of a long read and maybe could have been a two book read or some of it I think could have been cut out. The beginning of the book was a little slow and I struggled a bit with it, but once it got closer to the end I couldn't put it down. This book definitely took you on an emotional roller coaster ending with a major twist. I loved Scarlett and Vance, you could feel the connection between them I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I enjoyed this book, it was a bit of a long read and maybe could have been a two book read or some of it I think could have been cut out. The beginning of the book was a little slow and I struggled a bit with it, but once it got closer to the end I couldn't put it down. This book definitely took you on an emotional roller coaster ending with a major twist. I loved Scarlett and Vance, you could feel the connection between them from the beginning. I was frustrated with Scarlett a bit with how she treated Vance in there friendship/relationship, but also understood her reservations. Vance was AMAZING, I loved him from the beginning, he knew what he wanted and was going for it no matter what, fought tooth and nail to win her over, he never gave up on Scarlett. He was bold and so romantic, someone that any girl would dream of. I loved the secondary characters too especially Ricky, I do wish things had ended different between him and Scarlett and had a chance to learned more about him. Also wish we got more about him in the end and where he was, it was a mystery. I would recommend this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Heavenly

    ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. It was my first book by RJ and I have no idea where to start. The book shook me. After meeting Scarlett in the first chapter and then starting the next I was not sure if there are two characters with the same name. But no. They are the same person and they are created perfectly by the author. The story, the writing and all the characters are creating flawlessly. The background is created in such perfection that I had goosebumps, strong ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. It was my first book by RJ and I have no idea where to start. The book shook me. After meeting Scarlett in the first chapter and then starting the next I was not sure if there are two characters with the same name. But no. They are the same person and they are created perfectly by the author. The story, the writing and all the characters are creating flawlessly. The background is created in such perfection that I had goosebumps, strong emotions with every single chapter. And they were just getting stronger as the story progressed. I had so many feelings reading this book: anxiety, fear, pain, sadness. But I had also good feelings. Happiness, humour and friendship. I loved it. All the characters are so important. Without them the story would be plain. I loved it. I can't wait for the next story by RJ. 5 amazing stars.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karie Gibson

    This book started out at a fast pace but then slowed down. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed it but I was so frustrated with Scarlett at times. Vance is the kind of man any woman would give her arm for. This book touches on a lot of realistic drama drugs and most importantly what PTSD can do to a person. I loved how involved all the secondary characters were in the book. Scarlett had quite a few friendships some were great and some unhealthy. Luckily for her she had Vance as a best friend first and fo This book started out at a fast pace but then slowed down. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed it but I was so frustrated with Scarlett at times. Vance is the kind of man any woman would give her arm for. This book touches on a lot of realistic drama drugs and most importantly what PTSD can do to a person. I loved how involved all the secondary characters were in the book. Scarlett had quite a few friendships some were great and some unhealthy. Luckily for her she had Vance as a best friend first and foremost. It's a very long book so be prepared to spend a lot of time reading and falling in love with Vance and Scarlett.

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