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What If (If Only... series Book 2) by [Pine, A.J.]
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A new adult novel from Entangled's Embrace imprint... Sometimes it takes letting go of the past to find out who you want to be.

During his semester abroad, Griffin Reed almost gave his heart to a girl who loved someone else. Lesson learned. Now he’s home, where following in his father’s footsteps may not be what he wants, but it’s what his parents expect. It might be taking the easy road, but he doesn’t see a way out.

Something that could have killed Maggie Kendall took away the person she used to be instead. Her condition makes her dependent on sticky notes, photos, and medication just to get through each day. The last thing she needs is a distraction—or someone new to disappoint.

What they refuse to see is they are perfect for each other. Maggie makes Griffin want to be a better man, and he makes her believe a future is possible. But these two have to find a way to share the secrets ripping them apart, if they’re ever going to have a chance at happiness.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Embrace (Dec 8 2014)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00PP8K6HY
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What if? What if…you were afraid your own body would betray you in a way that’s possibly deadly? What if…you were known as a player and no one saw you as anything but? What if…you were afraid to fall in love, but that’s exactly what happens? These are just some of the things Maggie and Griffin deal with in What If, a fantastic, realistic, unique New Adult book by AJ Pine.

I really liked Griffin in If Only, but his part in the story left me with a bittersweet feeling. I was also left feeling curious about this apple-shampoo-scented player, so when I found out he was getting his own story, I was excited. As much as I liked Griffin in If Only, I loved him in What If. There’s so much more to him than meets the eye. Both he and Maggie are incredibly complex characters. They’re both afraid to get involved in something serious because of their past experiences, so when they decide to ‘not date’ each other, they just want something fun and light. They get a lot more than they planned on, though, and I loved watching them progress from friends to something more. Their interactions ranged from sweet to swoony to frustrating to sexy to heart-achingly beautiful.

Some of my favourite things about What If (that you totally won’t get unless you read the book, so READ THE BOOK): Gilmore Girls, Wild card, spray paint, Polaroid camera, ground rules, MILES, Chicago, fancy lattes, reunion, sexy shirtless nerd reading in bed. There was so much to love about this book, and these things just barely skim the surface.

Pine did a fantastic job with the dual POV. There was never any repeat information, and Maggie and Griffin both had really strong, distinct voices. The secondary characters were fantastic, too. I liked Griffin’s sisters, and I LOVED Maggie’s best friend, Miles.
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I really enjoyed the plot and characters. It didn't get bogged down in minute details but gave you enough to use your own imagination to fill in the picture. I would have preferred Griffin's history to be more robust and Maggie's "previous" personality more descriptive. Historical anecdotes on both main characters would have filed out their development a little bit more.
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Awsome book. Loved the originality of it. i highly recommended this book
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa266999c) out of 5 stars The First NA I've Ever Liked Jan. 17 2015
By Auggie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Well, WOW! That was a roller coaster ride! Reading Maggie and Griffin's stories was like seeing people I know struggle with their own heartaches and fears. Doubt can be so crippling, and A.J. Pine does a fantastic job of showing just how harrowing giving in and letting go can really be, especially when it involves being vulnerable to another human being.

To be honest, this romance was a bit on the dark side for me, and extremely realistic considering the stuff both Griffin and Maggie are dealing with when they come together. The grittiness of it made the ending even more beautiful, though. Some of Maggie and Griffin's behavior had me almost flailing in frustration because as a reader I could SEE THE TRUTH and they were both struggling so much, and my heart was aching for them. It truly felt like I was a friend/sister watching from the sidelines and not being able to do a dang thing. And all the while they were mindlessly hurting there was this absurd little voice screaming in my head "WHY CAN THEY NO SEE TWOOTH?!" I mean seriously, the voice was having a cow. And it needs some English lessons.

But that's the beauty of this book, the realness of it, the battle of the heart and the mind, the coming to terms with the fact that loving can be HARD and SCARY and full of ups and downs and wrong turns and right moments... but that it can be oh so good, an oh so worth it too. Sometimes you just have to give in to your "What If"s.

Oh, and I LOVED THE ENDING. Just thought you should know that.

4/5 to "What If" by A.J Pine. A truly moving read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa29c0198) out of 5 stars Review: What If by A.J. Pine Jan. 15 2015
By Tori @SmexyBooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
What If is the second story in A.J. Pine’s If Only series. Those who read If Only will be pleased to see Griffin Reed is finally getting his chance at happiness. I’ll admit I wasn’t a fan of If Only. I didn’t like the heroine at all ( I never felt she displayed the emotional maturity she should have at her age or her circumstances) and really wanted someone to tie her up and drop her off a cliff. However, I enjoyed the story to an extent and really liked Griffin so I decided to give it another go. I’m glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this story better. The writing is solid and well plotted but there was evident maturity. Engaging dialogue and a dynamic cast gave this one the friendship and romantic emotional connections and potent chemistry I felt was missing from book one.

Our heroine, Maggie Kendall, seems okay but she isn’t. A part-time student, she suffered a brain aneurysm and now has short-term memory loss. She uses sticky note, photos, and medication to try to normalize her life as much as possible. She is embarrassed by her ‘crutches’ and guilty for the strain she feels it places on her friends. She struggles with day to day maneuvers; things we all take for granted. She thinks her life has no room for romance…but she never met anyone like Griffin Reed.

Griffin Reed is a bit of a player. He readily admits to drinking too much and frequenting bars to find someone to share the night with. Only one night. He has no urge to commit to anyone, feeling that his life is screwed up enough without dragging someone else into it. Considered a disappointment to his family, he perpetuates the cycle by doing everything he can to live up to their lack of expectations. Meeting Maggie throws him for a tailspin. She is everything he was never looking for or hoping to find.

Pine slowly builds the romance between Maggie and Griffin, infusing the story with humor, sex, and some emotional introspection. She uses their personalities and personal lives to show us that even with their different backgrounds, they are more similar than they think. Though the romance is a main aspect of the storyline, Pine intertwines it with external plotlines, using them to further elevate the romance and guide our protagonists into revealing their secrets to one another.

Maggie and Griffin’s story is engaging and but thankfully lacking in the heavy dramatics and theatrics beyond the normal age appropriate reactions. New Adult romance often walks a fine line between normal actions and over the top reactions. Pine maintains the age dynamics without succumbing to the need for ridiculous and over the top escapades. All misunderstandings are resolved in a receptive manner and their communication was pretty straight forward though I felt Griffin was more forthcoming than Maggie. What I really enjoyed was watching them fall in love. Pine gives us Maggie’s and Griffin’s internal thoughts, dictating it in a way that allows us to really feel like we are experience the relationship with them every step of the way.

A winning cast of friends and family add depth, humor, and a sense of continuation to the story. Milo and Paige are delightful as they provide strong much need friendship and stability for Maggie. Though Griffin’s father is not in his corner, the rest of his family is, especially his sisters and his niece. They provide advice, laughter, and plenty of arms to hug him whenever he needs it and when he doesn’t.

The ending is solid if not a little rushed with Maggie being forced to come clean with herself and Griffin if she wants him in her life. There is even a small epilogue that assures us Maggie and Griffin will be just fine. I enjoyed What If though I did find it odd that we really don’t see the moment when Griffin learns what Maggie’s secret is though his reaction to it is heart melting.

Overall an enjoyable bittersweet romance that uses an unusual set of circumstances to bring two damaged souls together and gives them a second chance happiness and love.

Rating: B
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1703b88) out of 5 stars Definitely no "what ifs" with this wonderfully written book... Dec 8 2014
By Jen Valencia - Published on Amazon.com
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"What If" by A.J. Pine is the second book in the "If Only" series and I'm going to be upfront about this and say that I went into the book with a bit of trepidation because of my reaction to the first book in the series. As I mentioned in my review of "If Only", I had somewhat of a love-hate relationship with both the story and the lead characters. It felt more like a young adult (YA) read rather than a new adult (NA) one. Still, one of the standouts in that book had to be Griffin Reed, the assumed manwhore (though he wasn't one at all in that novel) with a heart. When I started reading book two, I was pleasantly surprised at how much more mature the tone of the characters and story were and I read the whole thing in one sitting. ♥

Two years ago, Griffin Reed found himself falling for a girl who was in love with someone else. Since then, he's back to leading the rudderless life he's been wading in, a life he doesn't necessarily want but does nothing to change his circumstances. He doesn't know what he wants to do with his life and continues to stay on the path that his father has selected for him. But Griffin is far from the picture-perfect son that is expected from a family like his. He gets into random fights and steers clear of any committed relationships, believing that he doesn't really have much to offer. When he sees a hitchhiker on the side of the road, he has no idea his journey is about to veer off-course.

Maggie Kendall has been given a second chance at life, but what kind of a life can she possibly have if she can barely remember simple things like where she left her phone or what time her bus leaves, what more lifetime memories that she can cherish? She copes with her circumstances as best she can, taking photos of the people she interacts with at her job and making sure she always jots down reminders and notes on Post-Its. She takes medication and knows what triggers to stay away from so that she doesn't suffer from setbacks. What she doesn't prepare herself is the driver of a truck that stops to pick her up on the side of the road and there's simply no way that she can stay away.

Griffin and Maggie have several things in common: they both don't do the whole dating thing, they both have secrets, and they're both broken. However, they decide to pursue the non-dating even though it's obvious that what they're actually doing is dating. Even when fear and insecurity creep up on them, there's simply something about one another that draws them even deeper and closer. Being together makes them begin to believe that a future could be a possibility. But then the self-doubt comes back and they both find themselves pushing the other away. For these two to actually have a chance at a future together, they'll need to stop asking "What if?" and begin moving forward, leaving the past and doubts behind.

Okay, whatever doubt I had going into this book totally dissolved within the first few pages. I absolutely loved the story of two individuals believing themselves to be so broken beyond repair but find the perfect person in the other. I liked that these two didn't require each other to fix whatever needed fixing within themselves but rather were inspired to see the possibilities that were laid out before them and taking chances to be and have more. This book reinforced just how great a character Griffin was in book one and A.J. Pine took him several steps higher, making him a book boyfriend worth remembering. And Maggie was simply the ideal character to partner him with. I adored these two! ♥

An added bonus to this story was seeing where Jordan Brooks and Noah Keating are two years after the events in the first book, as well as the oh-so-adorable twosome of Elaina and Duncan. Yes, I liked Elaina and Duncan more than I did Jordan and Noah but at least all the angst from the main characters in "If Only" was a thing of the past and they've all moved on. Of course, now that I've read book two, Griffin and Maggie are now my new favorite couple and I really enjoyed Miles and Paige, Maggie's co-worker and neighbor, respectively, and both her close friends who know all about her secret and give her the support she needs, especially when Griffin becomes a part of her life.

"What If" is definitely going on my list of favorite reads for the year and I have no qualms about giving it five very much deserved stars. Averaging the two ratings for the two books, the series gets a four-star rating from me. I'm not sure if there are any other books that will be included in the series but this definitely set the bar really high so fingers crossed that future releases will meet or even surpass that bar. ^.^ I'm so in love with this book that I bought it even though I already read the ARC. I highly recommend What If to my fellow bookaholics and declare it a must-read for anyone out there wanting a love story worth fighting for and reading about. ♥
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa208de28) out of 5 stars Beautiful! Dec 8 2014
By Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer (book blog) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
What if? What if…you were afraid your own body would betray you in a way that’s possibly deadly? What if…you were known as a player and no one saw you as anything but? What if…you were afraid to fall in love, but that’s exactly what happens? These are just some of the things Maggie and Griffin deal with in What If, a fantastic, realistic, unique New Adult book by AJ Pine.

I really liked Griffin in If Only, but his part in the story left me with a bittersweet feeling. I was also left feeling curious about this apple-shampoo-scented player, so when I found out he was getting his own story, I was excited. As much as I liked Griffin in If Only, I loved him in What If. There’s so much more to him than meets the eye. Both he and Maggie are incredibly complex characters. They’re both afraid to get involved in something serious because of their past experiences, so when they decide to ‘not date’ each other, they just want something fun and light. They get a lot more than they planned on, though, and I loved watching them progress from friends to something more. Their interactions ranged from sweet to swoony to frustrating to sexy to heart-achingly beautiful.

Some of my favourite things about What If (that you totally won’t get unless you read the book, so READ THE BOOK): Gilmore Girls, Wild card, spray paint, Polaroid camera, ground rules, MILES, Chicago, fancy lattes, reunion, sexy shirtless nerd reading in bed. There was so much to love about this book, and these things just barely skim the surface.

Pine did a fantastic job with the dual POV. There was never any repeat information, and Maggie and Griffin both had really strong, distinct voices. The secondary characters were fantastic, too. I liked Griffin’s sisters, and I LOVED Maggie’s best friend, Miles. He was incredible. I’m definitely rooting for him to get his own book. *nudges AJ* ;-) It was also amazing to see some familiar faces. I won’t get into spoiler territory, but there was a scene with certain characters from If Only that had me squeeing and happy crying.

What If is a beautiful, engaging story about self-discovery and love. I loved the emphasis on family and friends, and the romance had me invested from the very beginning. This story made me laugh, cry, and swoon. I can’t wait to see what AJ Pine writes next.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2667684) out of 5 stars thoughts on what if Dec 23 2014
By hello-booklover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A very well written and cute romance not romance. I say this because until the end the they don’t admit to dating or even seeing each other. Griffin is a little jaded on women and love. He’s floundering and confused. He wants to continue living how he is but doesn’t want to do what is dad has set out for him however he doesn’t know what else to do. He knows that woman and relationships aren’t his things due to how burned and crushed he got in Scotland. He’s not a bad guy actually quite the opposite just hurt and lost. That is until Maggie enters his world. She takes his breath away. Maggie is a sweet girl but she had a medical incident that has left her with some effects to her health so know she plays everything close to the vest. She is afraid to burden anyone with her medical issues so she doesn’t want to get close to anyone. These two chance meet when Griffin picks her up from the side of the road where she’s hitchhiking to get to work. The banter between them is great throughout the book. So lighthearted.and fun. These two decide to non date and have fun together. As they get to know each other and grow close we see Griffin change for the better. He gains more focus and mellows out on things. He also begins to admit begrudgingly to his feelings for Maggie. When Griffin stands up to his dad, his sister is proud of him and throws a party. This is where the tenderhearted sweet fun romance is cut short. Maggie has a episode and than in order to spare Griffin sacrifices her love for him. This just is so heartwarming and sad. You understand why but hate that it is happening because Ms. Pine has you invested in these two characters. Fortunately for us Maggie has this awesome and funny friend Matt who intervenes on her behalf and him and Paige save the day or kind of due. they butt in. Griffin sees the side of Maggie that she kept from him and loves her still. They are so precious. A book of acceptance and love. Where love helps them grow and overcome fears. Two lost people who find each other and help each other learn to love and let people in. A wonderful sweet romance that has you smile and rood that they stay together.