What If

What If

by A.J. Pine

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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

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ISBN-13: 9781503280113
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/18/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 1,046,725
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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What If (Entangled Embrace) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Seeing how Griffin and Maggie help each other find themselves , along with one another. Them falling in love all at the same. Such a wonderful love story.
NA_Reader More than 1 year ago
Truly loved this read. I'm a huge NA reader and would rank What If up there at the top of my lists! I *might* even be tempting to add Griffin to my favorite book boyfriend list. Ok, I already added him to the list. Can't wait to read more AJ Pine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really lovved this book, i just wish there was a epiloge
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book in the series, but this one spoke loudly to me. Beyond the raw emotions of finding one's path after years of fear, both characters find themselves through hope and trust. This YA novel is closest to the Judy Blume novel I always hoped for. Romance, yes; sex, sure; but getting to accept one's self is where this story shines brightly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my cup of tea
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I swear this was one of the most heartfelt stories I've ever read. I couldn't get enough and just want more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe this story was more enjoyable to me than the first one. Griffin was one of the best characters I have read in a while great read
ElieReads More than 1 year ago
I didn't really like Griffin when I first meet him in Only If and not because of anything he did I was just totally team Noah when it came to Jordan but I was super happy to hear he got his own book. Griffin still has his issues he's running from and just doesn't know how to man up to his family but I love that he grows up and fight for what he wants and what he wants is Maggie. Maggie has her secrets too and just doesn't know how to let go of the hear. Which is understandable but I love that she does for Griffin. I loved getting to see what the old Aberdeen gang is up too and just wish that made we get a novella of a certain Greece trip...maybe please =) All in all I gave it 4 stars just cause at times I was frustrated with this two but I loved how it all worked out in the end.
SinfoniaDosLivros More than 1 year ago
This is the second volume in the serie "If Only" and is the first I read from this author. I must admit that the first chapters did not captivate me. I did not feel gripped, nor motivated to read about a boy that only things he does is drink, engage girls and walk fightings just because he does not want to feel whatever it is. Also did not attract me the idea to join this boy to a girl that forgets everything, so that she has to have to take pictures of people to be able to remember them. It's a little sad if you get to think about it. But is not the first time it happens to me: Get a book and not be grasped immediately. This was another who managed to captivate me from the time when things starts to become more serious and yet more scathing. To a certain moment the dialogues were confusing and boring, and then more or less from the fifty page things really starts to get much, much better. So, let's move on to the story and its characters. I particularly loved Griffin. I do not know why. Just liked. If at first he seemed a futile and womanizing guy who is able to take the first woman who appears to him home (= bed), from the moment we know why he actually offers this picture about him, things starts to run very well to his side. He is gentle, careful, attentive and generous. And it is also a tormented boy by his father to be someone like himself in life. He has three sisters who are absolutely fantastic and a super cute and smart niece. I loved the relationship he has with the sisters, despite all the bad atmosphere experienced between him and his father whenever he goes to his parents' house.  However, Maggie just gave me the wish that, in most cases, I could get into the story and give her some mighty slaps to see if she woke up and saw the great guy she had before her.Although I find Maggie a sweet girl, above all she is too upset and dramatic. It would have been much easier if instead of her ruin all the good times they had the two, she had just trusted him and confessed that she suffers a health problem that did not allow her to be like other girls or even as she had been a few years ago. I did not like the fact that she always make the decisions for him, without even knowing what he would say or act in a situation or other. She always did what she wanted with the excuse that she was doing it because she did not want him to suffer because of her illness. For the Love of God! Not that she was dying or anything. She suffered from temporary amnesia episodes and severe migraines. The only thing she could do was be honest with him, just as he was with her. He let her enter its world of parental conflict, loving traumas and a solitary life despite the kind of life he lived. I feel solidarity with Maggie because I know very well what are strong headaches and I am familiar with all the symptoms and how it leaves us completely finished. Just do not understand her position in not wanting to tell him, the person who has always shown that loved her above all, regardless of whatever tormented her. He accepts her friend, her way of push him away and little by little he will gain her love and trust.  This story gives us a great lesson of how we must trust eachother and how we must open our hearts and our minds to the love of others. Love can be around the corner. In case of Maggie and Griffin was only a hitchhiking;) Great Story!
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
What If is A.J. Pine's second book in the If Only Series, If Only been the first book which I did not read prior to reading this book. Now, What If can be read as a stand-alone, the author does a good job explaining what happened in the first book that I see no need to read it unless you actually want to know more of Griffin's past.  After spending some time abroad, Griffin Reed has come back home ready to move on with his life. Having learned a few lessons on love, he knows that he is not ready to give his heart to anyone anytime soon. But that soon changes when an unexpected encounter makes him question whether giving his heart to Maggie might just be what he needs in order to move on.  Maggie Kendall has lived her life with a condition that requires her to depend on her closets friends, and on her trusted sticky notes, photos, and medication to get by. It is important to her to take pictures of just about anything in order to remember people and/or events. Now the last thing that she wants is a distraction, and not just any distraction, she can't afford to have a romantic relationship with anyone, afraid of disappointing the other person. Take a turn of events and she meets the one person she can't seem to forget or get enough of. She does everything to establish a safe distance between her and Griffin, but destiny has other plans and he keeps coming back to her.  Afraid of not taking a risk, she decides to give him a chance, and that's when their relationship takes off. As the two start to learn more about each other, she learn about Griffin's past love and of his family. When she learns that Griffin might not be strong enough to adjust to her condition, she turns her back on him, but Griffin is determined to win her back no matter what, and to do that he is going to have to make decisions that might just change his future for good.  What I enjoyed about the book is how complex the characters are, they both have their own pasts that they want to move away from, and the author does a good job exploring that. It was beautifully written, and realistic enough that it made it enjoyable to read. Now I do wish there was more development towards the end, it felt a bit rushed. The characters have an instant chemistry that was carried throughout the book, that worked really well. Overall, I would definitely recommend anyone to read the book, even though I didn't read the “first” book, it would be fine to read What Ifas a stand-alone novel.  *ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in return for an honest review*
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars LOVED What If! What If ticked all the boxes for me, loved Maggie and Griffin the characters (even the supporting ones) loved the storyline and loved the writing. A.J. Pine has written a heartwarming love story that will make you laugh, swoon and shed a tear or two.  I was left with a heart full of so many feels, loved What If and highly recommend it. 
mandy30 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! This is a unique story about a girl, Maggie, who has a condition where her short term memory is affected. She can remember some things, but needs a lot of visual clues and reminders. Griffin is following the path that is set out for him by his father but is unhappy and acting out. He's a bit of a man-whore and doesn't think he deserves more. He had his heart broken 2 years ago when he fell in love with a girl who is in love with someone else (this happened in book 1, If Only, which I did not read yet.) I love these characters, they are both damaged in different ways. I loved how this story unfolded, the un-date, the supporting characters (Griffins sisters and Miles), there is just so much I loved about this book, it is a definite 5 star read for me. I really hope this author is going to continue with this series, maybe write about Griffins sister Nat or even Miles. I loved this and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a unique romance! Fantastic!!!!
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Fighting fate is fated to fail in this great romance! WOW! A great story about people determined not to date each other because of their past records and possible futures but there are too many forces at work to let them get away with this - love must have a way! Really enjoyed this well written traumatic tale which has great characters with whom the author makes it really easy to relate. It is a heart warming tale that grabs the reader, immersing them into the scenarios and making them feel all the dilemmas, angst and turmoil experienced by the characters as their story unfolds. Maggie Kendall had her life turned upside down and inside out after having a brain trauma two years ago. She easily forgets people, places and events but is starting to get her life back together again by using sticky notes, an instant print camera, the photos she takes and quickly annotates and medication together with some very special, supportive friends. Griffin Reed is reluctantly following the path determined by his parents and constantly wants to rebel. He did have a year out when he almost gave away his heart but now he’s not sure there’s any way he can leave the path set out by his father. When the two meet, they are determined not to date, not to have a relationship with each other and not to share their pasts. What if they stick to this? What if they accidentally fall in love? What if life and all its elements interferes with their plans? Like the UNO cards, what if they turn up and get the full deck? A brilliantly related story which I highly recommend. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley too  for letting me read this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
SweetMarie-83 More than 1 year ago
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.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Amazing read!! So glad to see Griffen (from If Only) get his HEA. Loved the storyline which is different from anything I've ever read. Very enjoyable. Back home after spending a year in Scotland, Griffen Reed is simply floating through life doing what is expected of him. Maggie Kendall is struggling through each day trying to get back to normal. Can these two be the answer that heals both their souls? You definitely want to read this one.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This romance treats us to the story of Griffin and Maggie. Griffin is coasting by, finishing his college degree with no idea of what he'll do in the future except knowing that he doesn't want to follow in his father's business footsteps. Maggie struggles daily to cope with a traumatic brain illness that has affected her memory, focusing on her studies and her job one day at a time. When Griffin picks up a hitchhiking Maggie on her way to her coffee shop job, he can't get her out of his mind and makes a point to come back and see her. The attraction between them startles them both and a no strings attached, 'let's see what happens' affair seems like an easy prospect - only as their feelings for each other deepen they both realize that the only way to have a future together is to be willing to share their secrets with each other. Will opening up be worth the risk? When Griffin was introduced as a main character in the author's first novel in the series, If Only, (standalone but worth the read too!), I was delighted to find out that he would get his own happy ever after and this story definitely held up to the standards and quality of writing I have come to expect from the author. What an intriguing plot, to have a memory challenged heroine! I loved every aspect of the story, in particular the first person point of view of both main characters from which we are able to see Griffin's self doubts and Maggie's as well, for completely different reasons. Griffin is a player, used to non-emotional relationships after having his heart broken and is determined to keep closed off to the possibility of love. He knows his lack of decisions about his future frustrate his family. Maggie challenges him to do better, to decide what he wants for his future and go after it. Maggie's issues, stemming from her illness and subsequent memory problems are perfectly understandable. Yet she too must make the decision to move forward with her life, in this case by having a real relationship with Griffin. The sexual tension between the two of them is well written and leads to some steamy love scenes, made all the more meaningful as they start to fall for each other. Maggie's friend Miles is also a key character in the story, pushing Maggie to leave her comfort zone and take a chance with Griffin, at the same time being loyal to her and their friendship. I'm hoping we'll see more of him in the future. Overall I found this to be an entertaining and delightful read with warm characters, a sweet romance, and a couple who deserve their happy ending. 5 stars!