Snarky yet good-hearted Robbie DeCaro made his first appearance in the pages of Tales from Foster High: End of the Innocence, years after the loss of his first and only love. A New York transplant, Robbie now decides that his work is done in the town of Foster, and the time has come for him to leave Texas.
Returning to his childhood home on Long Island, Robbie reunites with his family members. Each using their own unique methods, they try in vain to help Robbie reset to a life he knew before he left it all for the fairy-tale love he found, then tragically lost.
As he remembers some of the darkest moments from his past, Robbie wonders if he’ll ever find the “after” in “happily ever after.”
"Bitch mode unlocked." That's my favorite line from this entire book. : )
The line is not only telling as far as the type of dialogue delivered by Robbie, the quirky, bitter and devastated Foster transplant, but also of the general tone of book 7 of the "Tales of Foster High" series.
Robbie is a bit of a self-proclaimed cunt. But it's always best to know and embrace yourself, right? Well, he does and he isn't very good sugar coating anything, so he really doesn't try. Ever.
Book 7, "The Way Back to Then", is Robbie's story and chronicles a lot of back story from Robbie growing up, attending college, meeting Riley and all that follows.
If you enjoy books that help fill in why characters in a series behave the way that they have in previous books, then this is definitely a book for you.
When Kyle and Brad leave Foster for college in California, Robbie decides that his work in Foster is 'D.O.N.E.' and he needs to get the hell out of Dodge, finally able to leave without feeling like Foster has beaten him.
So he packs his bags and moves back to Long Island with his family. But Robbie's mind is still firmly planted in the past, with Riley, so he isn't really moving forward with his life.
That doesn't last long, though, as he runs into an old 'friend', then is set up on a disastrous blind date by his sister. From that point on, Robbie begins to actually heal and entertain thoughts of moving on with his life.
The book is very bitter and jaded, which I normally *hate* with a passion hotter than three suns, but the story is tinged with a ton of humor, so the book did still work for me and I highly recommend this entertaining read about moving on and finding your way back to yourself and happiness.
The book was well-written and well-paced, plus the almost instant connection between Robbie and Sebastian actually felt real, which I truly enjoyed.
One thing that still perplexes me about book 7 of the series is exactly why it was penned by Robert Halliwell, instead of John Goode, so if anyone has an answer to that question, please let me know.
Also, the story ends with an emergency back in Texas, where Robbie is poised to hop on the next plane back, which started to piss me off, due to the wait for book 8.
However, I checked and book 8 is to be released only a few weeks after this book comes out, so *whew* on that count. I'm not a big fan of 'the wait.' : )
This read was a solid 4.25 *tagged-squarely-in-the-junk* stars for me, so read it now, if you're all caught up on the previous books.
My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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