This is the first book (and definitely not the last) that I’ve read from authors (yes, authors. Twins at that!) G.L. Tomas. I am feeling their flow! The dialogue, the language (A lot of it is AAVE or African American Vernacular English), the setting, the rocky, complicated relationship between Timothy and Naima…This is young love at its finest!
One thing I must say that sets this book apart from most of the new adult romances that I’ve read, is all of the things that I’ve mentioned above. The authors did not try to present a “respectable” (for lack of a better description) romance where the guy and the girl deal with some personal challenges that get in the way of their relationship. This story is on some real level shit that some of y’all just won’t like, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. The basis of this narrative is how do you separate what you feel in your heart from what you know is the right thing to do? And the answer is, you always can’t or don’t even want to. The heart is that funny organ ya know, that has a mind of its own. It doesn’t always make the right choices, but whatever it compels you to do, comes from a place of genuine emotion.
So what am I really saying here? Basically that love is complicated, and we can’t control how we feel, even when we’re committed to other people. I’m always of the belief that you cannot let an outsider penetrate your “bond” with someone if there weren’t already cracks in that relationship to begin with. Same Page is the story of how two people who have no damn business being together cannot deny the intense attraction and connection they feel for one another. It transcends the physical, and when it becomes more than sex, you are screwed (no pun intended).
The setting of this story takes place in the state of Rhode Island (which is fresh.) Naima is a Nigerian American from New York who pursues her college degree out of state. What I liked about Naima from the jump is she’s older, twenty-seven to be exact. Naima gets a part-time job at Synopsis which is a bookstore/café type of establishment, and there she meets Timothy, who is not only a cute down-ass white boy of Portuguese descent, but also her boss. They hit it off immediately. They’re attraction is immediate, but there’s a slight (or maybe not) problem: Timbaland (as he is nicknamed) is taken. His girlfriend of four years lives a thousand miles away in Texas, and for all intents and purposes, has no desire to uproot her life to be with him on a more permanent basis. This initially frustrates Tim until he meets Naima, then the game totally changes.
The entire dynamic of Tim and Naima’s relationship frustrated me to an extent, not because of the triangle factor itself, because there really wasn’t one, but because Naima allowed herself to become the side chick. She knew what she was getting into and as hard as tried to deny it (or did she?), her heart (that pesky organ…) told her Girl bye, you know you and I want this boy, and I always get what I want…The story was a page turner (or Kindle swiper) to the very end, and yeah, this is Book 1, so the story ain’t over yet. That ending was some aww hell nah. Why y’all do this to us? I’m call out the Twinjas: Don’t be taking five lifetimes to bring us book 2! Very much worth the read. Click it up!