A Way to Get By by T. Torrest: Review

A Way to Get By by T. Torrest: ReviewA Way to Get By by T. Torrest
on May 17, 2016
Genres: Love & Romance

What happens after The Ballad of Brenda and Eddie?

This is not a romantic comedy.
This is not a fairytale.
This is not what you're expecting.

Lies, secrets, betrayal.
Marriage, divorce, sex.
Love, heartbreak, money.

Best friends.
Old enemies.

Soul mates.

Happily Ever After comes in many forms.
A WAY TO GET BY is the story of how Brenda and Eddie found theirs.

Alexis says…

I can’t believe this is my first book by T. Torrest! I know, I know-I need to get with the times and read her other ones!!

I’ll admit I read the lyrics to “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel AFTER I read the book. Not knowing gave me a glimpse to the genius that T. Torrest is for building a book around a song. Seriously, this book is such a unique and cool concept.

“That was the thing about Eddie. He could love me and break my heart all at the same time.”

Brenda is in my opinion, a very unlikeable heroine. She has her mind set on the finer things in life and Eddie as hard as he tries cannot provide what she needs. I really did not like her…there I said it. She just came across as vain, self-centered and lacked the motivation to do anything to better her life. But I never questioned her love that she had for Eddie, I knew deep down it was there.

Eddie on the other hand really just broke my heart. I really think he meant well in most situations and just wanted to provide everything under the moon for Brenda. His unwavering love for her knew no bounds and was evident throughout their love story.

This book was exactly what I was looking for. It was a book I did not want to put down-it kept me addicted until the very end. The writing was flawless and another reason why I loved this one so much. This story is told in dual POVs through the late 70s and 80s. Though I was born in the early 80s, I can definitely relate to some of the things that were mentioned.

“Nobody smiles like Bren. Nobody laughs harder. Nobody looks finer. Nobody fucks better. Nobody loves me like she does.”

The love, heart break, and angst was perfect. I think I’m just floored by how the whole story came about and I would never spoil the awesomeness of Eddie and Brenda’s story. Bravo to T. Torrest for penning such a UNIQUE love story.

Can pure love outweigh everything else? <–Read the book!


About T. Torrest

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.

Ms. Torrest was a child of the eighties, but has since traded in her Rubik’s cube for a laptop and her Catholic school uniform for a comfy pair of yoga pants. 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 sons.