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How to Choose a Sweetheart: A Review

I was given a copy of How to Choose a Sweetheart by the author, Nigel Bird, in return for my review.

This has got to be one of the most aptly titled books out there. It’s a very sweet gorgeous story about Max and his journey to get over his ex girlfriend and charm the woman of his dreams.

The whole way through the book was a very real, normal look at life for the average 20-30 ish age adult whose just trying to get through life and find someone to live the highs and lows with. The characters are easy going and quirky without being larger than life and I adored them all.

The plot isn’t the most special going, but the way this is told and seeing it all through Max made it seem like a brand new story and I defintiely didn’t mind that I knew what was going on.

On top of that, the piano teacher, was just plain awesome and was a brilliant sideplot to the main thread.

All in all a brilliant romance with a good bit of real life thrown in.

Who We Are by Boyzone

So this is the latest single by one of my favourite boybands. I grew up listening to these Irish lads and so there’s still something special when they bring out a new song, but this one, well this one’s extra special. Catch it on youtube here

As usual with songs it’s the lyrics which really grab me (I’m a writer, words are a big part of my life) so here’s the songs lyrics.

We make mistakes
We rise again
We choose the road we shouldn’t take

We bend the rules
We cross the line
It’s just enough to feel alive

But it makes us who we are
Tonight,

Every battle, every scar
We are warriors
Hear us shouting from our hearts
This is who we are

We have travelled near and far
Fought a  thousand wars
Hear us screaming from our hearts
This is who we are
Aaaaare,
Aaaaare,
This is who we are

We play with fire
We laugh and cry
We taste the dark to see the light

We’re wild and free
Without a clue
We put our trust in someone new

But it makes us who we are
Tonight,

Every battle, every scar
We are warriors
Hear us shouting from our hearts
This is who we are

We have travelled near and far
Fought a  thousand wars
Hear us screaming from our hearts
This is who we are
Aaaaare,
Aaaaare,
This is who we are

Every battle, every scar
We are warriors
Hear us shouting from our hearts
This is who we are

We have travelled near and far
Fought a  thousand wars
Hear us screaming from our hearts
This is who we are
Aaaaare,
Aaaaare,
This is who we are

As a writer this pretty much sums up everything I write about. My characters go on these journeys where they explore, make mistakes and fight (often physical battles, but also often metaphorical ones as well) and learn from them, becoming stronger people because of what they’ve been through.

I suppose this is what life is. it’s the journey we go on and who we become because of it. It’s the glorious amalgamation of our scars, flaws, achievements, fears, discoveries, lessons and conquests in one body and personality. So many of my characters, that I’ve written about, writng about and yet to write about could sing this song.