Right Back Where by C.E. Kilgore was such an adorable book! High in emotions and humor, I was left satisfied and craving more. The first book in C.E.’s Welcome to Alvarado series, I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one.
There was a bit of emotional whiplash in the beginning. Sam can’t decide how he feels about Cody or the town in general. First he hates him, then he decides to be nice to him, then he is going to be mean to him, and then there’s love.
I loved the whole town of Alvarado. It provided a great background with interesting supporting characters that weren’t too flat or end up stealing the spotlight.
Kyle and Julie were especially awesome though. They were hilarious and I wanted to be friends with them too.
I really liked how Cody and Sam had so many shared memories from their childhood. The more time they spent together the more things they remembered and it was really sweet.
Sam has a degree in music and he’s the narrator so music was a dominant theme throughout the book. The music analogies during certain important scenes ended up being really beautiful.
I also liked how C.E. made me wait to learn what exactly happened to Sam before he left Alvarado. She drops bits and pieces throughout, but you don’t find out until well into the book. It was really interesting the way she built suspense for an event that had already occurred, but it totally worked.
The ending felt a bit rushed. A lot of things happen in the last ten percent or so to set up the next book in the series.
I was pretty surprised by the ending and Sam’s reaction. I don’t want to spoil anything but it seemed like there was a lot of emotional build up to this one moment and then he didn’t react at all the way I thought he would.
I’m still super anxious to read the next book though. I’m hoping I get some more answers!
I really enjoyed Right Back Where. It was super sweet and the characters were really likeable and relatable. Plus, the town sounds awesome. I’m definitely looking forward to hanging out in Alvarado again.
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Sam’s ended up right back where he started – the small Texas town he swore he’d never step foot in again after making fast tracks to SMU. He’s not the young, gay kid he was when he left. He has a music degree now, with no job and is about to lose his dorm room… Shit.
When an old friend has him coming back to where he started, Sam struggles to deal with old memories and an unexpected reality. Things in Alvarado aren’t exactly how he remembers them, and neither is his arch nemesis Cody Greene.
When the two men get stuck together by a promise, the hated memories that Sam’s bitterly held onto for five years begin to unravel. When the dust settles, Sam and Cody have to decide if they can let go of the past to build a future.