You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith _ Blog Tour & Review


On sale: November 2, 2021

ISBN: 978-1335405685

Inkyard Press

Teen & Young Adult; Romance

$18.99 / $23.99 CAN

336 Pages


A sweetly charming love story that leaves the reader with a lasting sense of hope.” —Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star

“The perfect novel to snuggle up with.” —Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read

No one ever said love would be easy…but did they mention it would be freezing?

Adam Stillwater is in over his head. At least, that’s what his best friend would say. And his mom. And the guy who runs the hardware store down the street. But this pinball arcade is the only piece of his dad that Adam has left, and he’s determined to protect it from Philadelphia’s newest tech mogul, who wants to turn it into another one of his cold, lifeless gaming cafés.

Whitney Mitchell doesn’t know how she got here. Her parents split up. Her boyfriend dumped her. Her friends seem to have changed overnight. And now she’s spending her senior year running social media for her dad’s chain of super successful gaming cafés—which mostly consists of trading insults with that decrepit old pinball arcade across town.

But when a huge snowstorm hits, Adam and Whitney suddenly find themselves trapped inside the arcade. Cut off from their families, their worlds, and their responsibilities, the tension between them seems to melt away, leaving something else in its place. But what happens when the storm stops?


ERIC SMITH is an author and literary agent from Elizabeth, New Jersey. When he isn’t working on other people’s books, sometimes he tries to write his own. He enjoys pop punk, video games, and crying during every movie. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and best friend, Nena, and their son, Langston. WWW.ERICSMITHROCKS.COM

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You Can Go Your Own Way
 is a new YA Contemporary by Eric Smith. This is my first time reading the author, but I thoroughly enjoyed his writing and plan to read some of his other works in the future.

Adam and Whitney were best of friends as kids until the summer before high school when Adam’s dad passed away. Him drowning in his grief led to her finding other friends, who I’d classify as mean girls, and their friendship was severed. Now it is senior year, and they are both struggling under the weight of their parent’s businesses. After a series of events cause them to call a truce, and then they end up snowed in alone overnight at Adam’s families pinball arcade, they rekindle their friendship and more mature feelings along with it. But when Adam’s nightmare happens, it will break what they started and change who they both are and their futures.

“Some things should stay the way they are.
Arcade games. Vinyl records. Old row houses.
But that’s not how life works.”

I quite enjoyed You Can Go Your Own Way. I enjoyed both character’s point of views and even though I wanted to shake Whitney once or twice, it was good to see her perspective of what went wrong in their friendship. I loved her personal growth and her finally stepping up to her dad at the end, even if his response was a bit too little too late. Adam was my favorite of the two. I loved his pinball ramblings, his old school music, and throwback knowledge. There was a good amount of teen drama, but not overly so. It wasn’t the main driving force of the plot, which I appreciated, along with the big conflict not being stupid but a realistic reaction to the situation. The book’s focus was on Adam’s continual grief over his father and his struggle to let go and focus on what would make him happy. It was also about mending Adam and Whitney’s friendship and second chances. The romance aspect of their relationship was really sweetly done, very low steam and fit the story perfectly.

“In the middle of a snowstorm, sitting here in the dark. You’re what I want. It’s the people. The person. Not the place.”

You Can GO Your Own Way by Eric Smith is filled with mending friendship, personal growth, twitter fights, cactus’ appreciation, Swedish fish heart to hearts, pinball greatness, and a snowed in with one blanket scenario.

—Written by Amanda—

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