Because I Love You by Tori Rigby Genre: YA Contemporary Release Date: May 17th 2016 Blaze Publishing Summary from Goodreads: Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant.
Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.
Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she's forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go.
When faced with life's toughest decisions to make, what would you do?
For Andie Hamilton, she chose what she believes in, even if it cost her to lose some important people in her life.
The story portrayed a variety of characters coming from different families; broken ones, whole, controlling ones or those who found their family not from their blood relatives. For me, this played a role in each young adult present in the story. The people they turn to for help are the ones who love them unconditionally. In turn, they came to think not only of themselves but how their decisions can affect others too.
Because I Love You is a coming-of-age book that truly depicts how love also equates to sacrifice. It portrayed in all honesty. the flaws each character has. Yet, they came to find the strength they need in order to get through the struggles. It showed how pain, for the sake of your loved ones, can be the source of your own strength.
About the Author
Tori Rigby is a YA author of Contemporary and Historical Romances. She longs to live in the Scottish Highlands, and her favorite time and place in history is Medieval England—so much that she'd give up her Internet and running water to go back in time! Tori also writes YA genre fiction as Vicki Leigh.