Book Review: Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia Williams

9 May 2015

Book Title: Sincerely, Carter
Author: Whitney Gracia Williams
Series: Standalone
Release Date: April 29th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Just friends. We’re just friends. No, really. She’s just my best friend...

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it. Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything. At least, it should’ve ...

Just friends. We’re just friends. I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend..



  "Some people come into your life for a reason, some a season, and some a lifetime."

With all the hype surrounding this book recently and having enjoyed this author's work in the past, I think I went into this book with high expectations but was feeling rather bummed after I finished. Don't get me wrong, I still felt that it was a nice decent story for a quick weekend read but for everything that I liked in it, I found other parts that weren't to my liking. Weighing all of that together, I find myself settling for a mediocre rating.

 The story revolves around Arizona and Carter, best friends since forth fifth grade, they hated each other's guts at first but one day after exchanging their love hate letters, they became the best of friends. Ever since then, they've continued their friendship in a very strictly friends manner without either of them having any sexual thoughts about each other...until now.

I found it adorable that the author incorporated the exchange of letters from their early days and even in the present, the exchange of texts make up for some hilarious banters. What I thought was done well about this read was that the author didn't downplay the friendship that Ari & Carter shared over the years, it was genuine and you can tell that they really did care for each other especially after all of their fluked dates with other people.

 What I did struggle was the sudden realization of their attraction to each other. It was like they both got hit by some magical fairy dust because out of nowhere (and within the same day), they saw each other differently and by different, I mean they finally realized that they're both very attractive people. Cue in the sexual thoughts thereafter. The randomness just threw me off and part of me wished that I could've seen something more in-depth or a build-up that would have provoked them to take it to the next level. Like I said earlier, I genuinely loved their friendship but the sudden sexual chemistry between these two? Not so much. 

 The read was filled with a lot of light-hearted moments, some really LOL-worthy banters and unabashed dialogues between Ari & Carter that goes as far to discussing their sexual encounters. For the most parts, I really enjoyed these scenes but at times I found some to be rather juvenile. At first they were bearable but later I started to eye-roll at the constant question of "How big do you think his(Carter) cock is?" uttered by almost every girl in this book. I'm starting to think it's meant to be a running joke throughout the entire read but it was overdone to the point that I couldn't care less. 

 I also struggled with her writing style in this one as compared to her RD series which I really enjoyed. I felt that the story and dialogue didn't flow as smoothly, with some scenes jumping around quickly and overall, it felt a little rushed at times while trying to cram the entire timeline in one whole book. Don't even get me started on the ending there because I can't believe it just ended like that, GAH!! I felt like someone just ripped off the epilogue from my copy because I refuse to believe there isn't a proper closure by the end of it. 

Despite all that I've mentioned above, I still found it to be a quick enjoyable read if you're looking for a cute, sexy friends-to-lovers story. I really loved the last 30% of the book because that's when the angst kicked in and it wasn't stretched out too long, just the right amount to hit everyone in the feels. Me not loving this book in its entirety is most likely another case of "it's not you, it's me" situation, I have friends who love this one so I'm just being an oddball here :)


  Sincerely, Carter is a standalone NA contemporary romance read and recommended for those who enjoy the friends-to-lovers trope. 


A self diagnosed candy addict, travel junkie, and hypochondriac, Whitney Gracia Williams LOVES to write about characters that make you laugh, cry, and want to (in the case of Selena Ross) reach through your Kindle and slap them.

She is the "imaginary bestselling" author of the Jilted Bride Series, Mid Life Love, Wasted Love, and Captain of My Soul.

When she's not locked inside her room, feverishly typing away on her laptop, she can be found here:

She also loves getting emails from her readers, so if you want to tell her how much you loved (or hated) her stories, email her at!

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