In the Present Tense

” – You don’t look depressed.
-You did not just say that.
-I don’t look depressed – like there’s a tattoo or something that would mark me. Tell me, O wise one, what does depression look like?”


Miles Lawson is a normal high school student who is in a happy relationship with his boyfriend, Adam. That is, until one day when he wakes up and finds out that he is 25 years old and married to Ana.

The writing style is very crisp, but it works well with the story. It makes it feel very natural. But if you like to mark beautiful quotes in your novels, you might be a little disappointed.

For some weird reason I really liked the characters in this book. I say it’s weird, because they checked almost every single box on my “annoying characters” list. They make stupid, irrational decisions. I can’t relate to or understand their motives. Relationships between them lack substance and are very superficial. And they are still likeable! I have no idea how is this even possible.

The premise of this book is what drew me in. It’s incredibly interesting. And the beginning of the story is exactly what you would imagine. You are a little confused, you don’t really understand what this book is about yet, but you are curious. That’s great. The author also does an amazing job of creating suspense. It makes you want to keep reading. But the truth is that after all this excitement, the unveiling of the mystery is a little… lackluster. But then the book gives you another secret to discover. And another. But as interesting as it might sound, I couldn’t help but be disappointed every time. I think this book needed something a little bit more shocking.

I enjoyed this book. I had a great time reading, especially the first half. After I reached the midpoint though, I will admit it, I finished it only because I wanted to find out who is Miles going to end up with.

I know that this book is getting it’s sequel this year and I am really interested in it. I think this story has a lot of potential.

I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


You can find this book on Goodreads and Book Depository

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