Ever wonder how often Brad Pitt’s high school girlfriend must ponder jumping off a bridge? Ever think about the girl that had her hooks in George Clooney before he took off for TV stardom? How about Leonardo DiCaprio’s ex, or Johnny Depp’s first groupie, or any number of young women who got left behind when their boyfriends set off for greener pastures and eventually achieved unfathomable Hollywood fame?
My name is Layla Warren and I don’t need to wonder about any of those things. I already know. Because years before Trip Wiley could be seen on movie screens all over the world, he could be seen sitting in the desk behind me in my high school English class.
This was back in 1990, and I cite the year only to avoid dumbfounding you when references to big hair or stretch pants are mentioned. Although, come to think of it, I am from New Jersey, which may serve as explanation enough. We were teenagers then, way back in a time before anyone could even dream he’d turn into the Hollywood commodity that he is today.
In case you live under a rock and don't know who Trip Wiley is, just know that these days, he’s the actor found at the top of every casting director’s wish list. He’s incredibly talented and insanely gorgeous, the combination of which has made him very rich, very famous and very desirable.
And not just to casting directors, either.
I can’t confirm any of the gossip from his early years out in Tinseltown, but based on what I knew of his life before he was famous, I can tell you that the idea of Girls-Throwing-Themselves-At-Trip is not a new concept.
I should know. I was one of them.
And my life hasn’t been the same since.
Remember When 2
You know how sometimes, your high school crush grows up to be an insanely famous movie star? Okay, probably not. But I do. ~Layla Warren
Back in high school, Trip Wiley’s fanbase only encompassed the denizens of the nothing little suburb of Norman, New Jersey.
Ten years later, all that is about to change.
In the summer of 2000, Layla Warren is enjoying her career as a journalist in New York City (well, sort of), while Trip spends most of his time grabbing Hollywood by the balls. In the days before what will turn out to be his skyrocketing fame, they’ll find themselves confronted with some life-altering choices.
Remember When 2 is the second story in an NA romance trilogy. It will bring you back to that exuberant and riotous time of life in your twenties when you struggled to figure out your place in the world and the person you were meant to be…
…and the person you were meant to be with.
Review of Both Books
Remember When Trilogy, books 1 & 2. Layla Warren is the star of this show. She is a high schooler in Jersey with her best friend Lisa and their collection of friends. Trip Wilmington is the New Kid and he steals Layla's heart. For most of the first book I wanted to smack Layla for being so gone over Trip and acting like she did but I just KNEW Trip had to be in love with her too so who can blame the girl, really. The first book is very typical high school... lots of parties and school things and then the graduation and pain of leaving your friends and moving to college. It was very good, very well written and edited. The 2nd book picks up just about 10 years later with Layla living in New York and working as a copy editor. She finagles a meeting with Trip again and it's like nothing has changed. There's not much more I can say about book 2 without spoiling anything, and spoilers are the worst. :)
I only took off half a star for the cliffhanger.. I totally wasn't expecting it and it is literally killing me not knowing what is going to happen. So good though.. really.. the 2nd book is just amazing.
Reviewed by Sara
Exclusive excerpt of Remember When 3 – Part 9 of Chapter 2
Trip closed the gap between us in five long strides, falling into each other all over again. He grabbed me, his arms like a vice around my middle, gathering me to his crumpled form, just bawling into my neck. My arms clamped around his shoulders, holding him to me, the tears streaming down my face as well.
Trip cried like he did everything else: Completely. His body racked with trembling sobs, and I joined him, crying as much for us as I was for him.
There were no words that needed to be spoken, but I whispered, “I’m so sorry, Trip. I’m so sorry,” and I was apologizing as much for his father’s death as I was about ever letting him go.
For part 8 of Chapter 2 please go to Hook Me Up Book Blog. Find part 10 of Chapter 2 at The Book Bellas.
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T. Torrest is a New Adult fiction writer from the U.S. She has written many books, but prays that only a handful of them will ever see the light of day. Her stories are geared toward readers of any age that know how to enjoy a good laugh and a dreamy romance.
She likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. She's not much into health food, but she does enjoy talking about herself in the third person.
A lifelong Jersey girl, she currently resides there with her husband and two boys.
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