One Way or Another by Kara McDowell

How I Read It: Print/Audiobook

Dates Read: 12/20/20-12/21/20

How I Found It: Instagram

Hello and happy holidays my friends! I didn’t necessarily grow up on Lifetime movies at Christmas time, but I did grow up on movies like You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle, so I grew up on the idea of romanticized love. So when I learned about this book, I was incredibly excited to read a cute little romance, and then I left it sit on my TBR shelf. But when you finally make the decision to put down the Twilight books, this is apparently the book equivalent of a rebound.

Paige has never left Gilbert, Arizona, but she has always dreamed about seeing the world. With her final Christmas in high school looming, she is forced to choose between spending the holiday in New York City or with Fitz, her best friend and crush, and his family in the mountains of Williams, Arizona. The set up for this book is that Paige has an undiagnosed anxiety disorder, and Fitz is one of the only people who know how to talk her down from her anxiety attacks. But Fitz is a hopeless romantic who is a serial monogamist, and Paige has had to watch the man she loves dating other girls over and over again. So Paige writes him a letter, detailing that she loves him and how it hurts too much to be his friend so they should probably “break-up”. But anyway, we follow the story, with one fate going to New York and the other to Williams, and watch as their lives head down that path.

What I will say about the overall idea of the book, before we get to the fate section of the book, Paige falls and hits her head. I spent the entire novel waiting for the moment where she wakes up in the ground or in the hospital and learns that the entire thing happened in her imagination. As it stands in the book (SPOILERS AHEAD) the idea that we don’t even know which fate she lived out is really frustrating to me. And while I get that the entire purpose was that these two were inevitable, a girl needs to know what happened!

As for the writing style, considering I purchased this on Audible after reading half of it in print gives you a pretty good idea of how excited I was to finish this one. I personally enjoyed this book, though it was a little predictable for romance fans. However, that feeling was probably stylistically added based on the context of the novel. There were some moments where I was a little confused by some parts of the book, but overall, I had a really good time. For all of those reasons, I am going to give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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