Our Demons, Best Friends (Half of Me) by Diana T. Scott
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My Rating: ★★★★☆
Meet Ava: she’s got a painful past which she carries with her—silently—everywhere she goes. And then meet Sebastian: he’s also got a past, except he carries his like a lead armour, out in the open for everyone to see without any care for what others might be saying or thinking about him. Ava and Sebastian, both with their own baggage and demons to carry around, crosses path during their medical residency. We all know that deep down we all carry our own personal demons. It’s all in how well they play with each other.
Our Demons, Best Friends was nothing short of a very capturing, fun and engaging read. The premise may sound overwhelming and heavy, but the pinch of humour that the author added made for a perfect combination. Throughout the book, we get to follow Ava around as she goes on about her day being a medical resident, and boy does her life seem ever tiring! Reading this book in Ava’s perspective made it absolutely easy for me to binge read it. Although Ava is your “typical” New Adult female leading character who has a heart wrenching past to hide or keep silent, she was still very…normal. She was like a normal human being! Meaning she was relatable, flawed in her own human being way, and is not a stone cold character despite her horrific past. This is what I look for in my new adult/romance books! She was career driven, motivated, kind hearted and not blinded by love nor was she rid of all human emotions because of her tribulations. She didn’t throw pity parties for herself every other chapter, and she was just an all around kick-ass character!
If you are someone familiar with the kind of genres I usually gravitate towards, you’ll know that new adult romance isn’t usually one of them. I usually have a difficult time getting through romance books and have only ever had enough patience for Colleen Hoover’s writing style. However, Diana T. Scott did such an amazing job constructing a love story that did not involve JUST plain mushy romance that I was sold after the first few chapters! Aside from Ava being an amazing character, I also very much enjoyed Diana T. Scott’s sense of humour. It was the kind of humour that didn’t try too hard. It was the kind of humour that didn’t have to be offensive or childish for the jokes to be funny, and it was the kind of humour that was light hearted but snarky all at the same time. Talk about jackpot!
As I read on, I couldn’t help but root for Ava and Sebastian. If you give this book a chance, you will know what I mean. You will form a strong enough bond with the two characters (more so Ava, since the book is written in her perspective) that you will end up just wanting the best for the two match. “Love and loss share the same unmade bed,” said poet Michael Faudet. And Our Demons, Best Friends is a perfect literature example of just what it’s like when dealing with both love and loss at the same time.