Yesterday I was so lucky to get to share an interview with Allie Brennan with you guys, and today I’m going to share with you my thoughts on her book, Tight Knit.
If you don’t know what this book is about, here’s the synopsis:
Talia Gregory relies on her Nan for everything, especially helping her calm the anxiety that controls her life. But Nan gets sick, and it couldn’t be worse timing. Talia’s panic attacks are getting worse, her boyfriend is a jerk, her best friend is distant, her parents are more absent than usual and she’s stuck planning the Cozy Christmas Charity Drive for her knitting group in place of Nan. If that’s not panic inducing enough, enter Lachlan.
Lachlan McCreedy doesn’t rely on anyone. Not after what he’s been through. It’s him and Gram, nothing else matters but keeping his past buried, and his secrets hidden. So when Gram forces him to help with her Christmas sale, Talia is the last thing he expected, and trusting her with his secrets comes as a shock to both of them. But when he unexpectedly falls for her, the question becomes can he trust her with his heart?
So a long, long time ago, I started dabbling with yarn projects. I bought a few different sets of knitting needs, some crochet hooks, and various other supplies and decided I was going to create things! Unfortunately for me, knitting was too hard, so those knitting needles are currently gathering dust. Tight Knit made me want to pick up my knitting needles again — or, at the very least, start crocheting again (way easier than knitting, if you ask me). Talia, the main character in the story, sounds like someone I’d love to have around. With the Canadian winters being as cold as they are, it’d be great to have someone create some cool hats for me.
While I loved all of the characters in this story, I have to say that it’s the relationships I loved most. I longed for my grandma while reading, wishing she was still around to help me with my crocheting or to make me some of her epic grilled cheese sandwiches (she seriously made the best!). Talia and Lachlan both have amazing relationships with their grandmas and it was nice to read a story that had such relationships. I mean, usually it’s just about the boy and the girl, so it was nice to see that family was a big part of the story.
And really, when I talk about relationships, I can’t help but talk about Lachlan. It’s funny because I remember talking with Allie about the book and she mentioned (as you can read in the interview yesterday!) that all of the characters have a bit of her Nan in them … except for Lachlan. He’s definitely a character all his own! I fell in love with Lachlan. He’s got that tough-guy persona to him and is still dealing with issues from his past, but he’s just such a great character. He loves his Gran and even though he tries to hold on to that whole “bad boy” image, it’s great to see him break out of his shell and bring a little bit of goodness to his character, and really, allow himself to feel happy despite his rough past. And he and Talia really have a great balance with one another. I swear, whenever they were around one another, I was smiling!
The writing was also wonderful … I loved how each chapter was told by either Talia or Lachlan — it’s always great to get into the boy’s head in a story! And Lachlan is a little complicated, so we really needed to be in his head! The story also sucked me in right from the first page and I remember going to read “just a few pages” before going to bed and then the drama would suck me back in again! I love a story like that!
If you love contemporary YA reads, I highly suggest this book! I started reading it after my horror short story read-a-thon just after Halloween and it was the perfect book to get out of that genre. It’s not just a light, fluffy read, but a story with depth, great characters, and, well … it’s just a great story! I also love how the end of the story was a little open ended, leaving the possibility of maybe a second book. I would love to see more of Talia and Lachlan in the future!
Want to win a copy of this book?
I will gift a ebook version of Tight Knit to one lucky reader! The giveaway will be open until November 30th. Just leave a meaningful comment below, as well as an email address I can reach you at, and I will pick a winner the beginning of December!
Open to everyone! The winner will be picked using Random.org.
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Have you ever read a book that made you want to dive back into an abandoned hobby?