I HOLD YOUR HEART – Karen Gregory (Honest Review)


Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Target Audience: 14+
Rating: B (78%)
Goodreads Rating: 4/5

When Gemma meets Aaron, she feels truly seen for the first time. Their love story is the intense kind. The written-in-the-stars, excluding-all-others kind. The kind you write songs about.
But little by little their relationship takes over Gemma’s life. What happens when being seen becomes being watched, and care becomes control?

WARNING: Emotional abuse is present in this novel.

I strongly believe that this novel is very important. Manipulation is something everyone will deal with through their lifetime. Sometimes, it takes a moment to realise what’s happening, and other times it can be noticed straight away. This novel shows the love interest, Aaron, gaslighting Gemma throughout the entirety of the book.

What is gaslighting? Because, despite having heard the term on numerous occasions, I never investigated the definition. So, I want to make sure everyone knows the exact definition of the word.

Gemma is happy. She has great friends and an amazing (and hot) boyfriend. Everything is great, until it’s not. I won’t dive into detail, because I’m not here to destroy the novel for you. The manipulation is the main storyline, and is defined in the description, so even that isn’t a spoiler.

Is there anything I didn’t enjoy about this book?

Yes, but only a few things, and a lot of it had less to do with the story and my personal preference on Karen Gregory’s writing style. In some instances the scenes seemed rushed, or not all there. The fact that this is my only concern, is fantastic. It was an incredible novel, one that had me wishing I could climb into the book and strangle Aaron myself.

I liked the characters, I did. They were well fleshed out and seemed human. Even the parents in this one are present! (Always a positive for a YA book). It’s just overall, a really good read. A very important read.

Thank you to Net Galley for sending me a free digital proof of this novel.

The break down of my rating:
Characterisation: 8/10
Style & Tone: 7/10
Enjoyment Factor: 8/10

Published by Tash Broom

I just like books 🤷🏼‍♀️

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