The Boy I Grew Up With by Tijan

Posted October 29, 2018 in review Tags: ,

The Boy I Grew Up With by TijanThe Boy I Grew Up With by Tijan

Genres: New Adult
Source: ARC
Also by this author: Fallen Fourth Down, Fallen Crest University, Anti-Stepbrother, Cole, Eye Candy, Bennett Mafia, Teardrop Shot, The Insiders, The Damaged , The Revenge, My Anti-Hero

I have loved Channing Monroe all my life.

In first grade, he asked for my Trapper Keeper.
I hit him in the head with it.
Third grade, we were best friends. We kissed in seventh grade.
Eighth grade, he turned into a bad boy and the rest was a tumultuous storm.

Growing up, the problem was never love for us.
Bad times. Good times. There were times when I felt our love in every inch of my body, vibrating, making me feel like it could bring me back to life.

The problem was us.

The problem is that we’re living in two different worlds now.
Fallen Crest and its millionaires for me. Roussou and their criminals for him. I was thriving in mine and he was running his.


But there were nights I felt we couldn’t be further apart than we were, and there were nights I felt we shared the same heartbeat.

When was it time?
When was it time to either sacrifice, make a change, or walk away from the boy I grew up with?

Its finally Channing and Heather’s story! The angst is strong with this one. These two have been up and down more than a roller coaster. If you have read the Fallen Crest series, you are aware of parts of their story, but The Boy I Grew Up With gives us the WHOLE story.

These two love each other, but they aren’t always good for each other. Their downs are toxic at times, but you can see the true love they have. As I said, uber angsty, full of feels, and your heart will feel the pain of it all. Tijan is the only author I will read angsty books from (yall know I hate the angst!). Tijan makes it work though! I loved finally getting the details of Channing and Heather and it was worth the wait for sure! Also, I love both covers (there is one for the ebook and 1 for the paperback)! I will say that you may THINK you know what their relationship has been, but this book still brings some unexpected events.


super angsty new adult books like Bully by Penelope Douglas, Racer by Katy Evans, Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines …then you will probably like The Boy I Grew Up With!


The Boy I Grew Up With



About Tijan

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new standalone Anti-Stepbrother, due out August 22nd along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

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3 responses to “The Boy I Grew Up With by Tijan

  1. Fantastic review. This sounds like an interesting read,. I tend to not like the stories with a lot of up and down in them, especially if the down times are toxic. It always leaves me with the impression that after the last page of the book, the couple will eventually not work out. This one sounds interesting though. I am glad you enjoyed this one.

  2. Great review. You have to love an author who can do angst well. There aren’t many who can and so when angst arrives in a book I am always wary and ready to DNF at the first sign of me not enjoying it so it’s good to see Tijan does it well and works for you.

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