Siding with plato

“Siding with Plato” reminded me of the 90’s teen and college drama television shows I used to watch during the glory days of my youth; very Beverly Hills, 90210. I felt like I was along for the ride with Brooke while she’s venturing outside of the life she’s known, meeting new and interesting college friends who later become her closest allies.

There are cute frat boys who live right across the hall, introducing Brooke to all the coolest college parties and raves. We can’t forget the mean girls; the college sorority chicks who set out to make Brooke’s life absolutely miserable. There’s even the neighborhood coffee shop stoner!

When Brooke falls for James, I get the feeling he’s that first real crush, the one you never, ever forget. There are a lot of ups and downs for this couple, and even at the end of the book, you’re left wondering what’s next for Brooke and James. Will they work out, or is James a stepping stone to someone more suited for Brooke?

Maybe this will segue into a sequel, where we fast forward five years and find out what’s become of not just Brooke and James, but the other characters, too, especially the coffee shop stoner and the mean sorority girls. I’d love to hear how their lives turned out.

Plato is a sweet read and just the kind of book that will satisfy your own need for nostalgia. I know it did for mine!


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I don’t typically write book reviews, one thing you might not know about me is that I LOVE to read. A compelling story, in any format really, can make my day. P.S. if you don’t have the This American Life NPR app downloaded – do so NOW!

Back to books. I knew one of my bests from college was working on penning her first novel, I had no idea just how much blood, sweat and tears (mostly tears) were put into “Siding With Plato“. From the flip of the first page I adored Brooke Aarons, the main character. In fact – she reminds me entirely of a beautiful friend I know, as do the rest of the characters.
Michelle does a fantastic job of taking the reader through Brooke’s bright eyed viewpoint. It’s the college experience you never had (but I certainly did). The parties, boys, ridiculous sorority girls – lived it, loved it, and I promise you will be entertained by “Siding With Plato” from start to finish.



Screen shot 2013-07-08 at 11.38.43 AMSiding with Plato” by Michelle Manning is a must summer read.  Brooke, the main female character, reminded me a lot of myself, but lived the college life I always wish I did.

Therefore, I am obviously hoping for series to this character allowing me to live vicariously through her. This book is set in Austin, Texas, already a plus for me, because honestly who doesn’t love the south and the values…and men it brings to the table.

When we first meet Brooke, it seems luck was just not on her side, and it wasn’t really the entire novel. However, this quality, along with her sarcasm, sense of humor and always being in the wrong place at the wrong time makes for such an endearing character.

As she settles in to college, she quickly meets her dream team of friends, each making mistakes of their own over the next year, but always supporting each other nonetheless. Brooke and her friends stay true to themselves and won’t let anybody conform them in to a snobby sorority girl.

They each also deal with their own situations when it comes to their romantic lives with the boys in their school, each choosing a different way of approach. But with Brooke being the main character, we have access to her every move and have the opportunity to see her struggle with finding love and facing the feelings of rejection and disappointment in James.

James is truly the ultimate dreamboat, with good looks, athleticism and southern chivalry. With all this to offer, can he be a one woman man when he can get whomever he wants?

Read the book and find out! Five stars to Siding with Plato by Miss Michelle Manning!

Siding with Plato

  • “This book hit home! Very funny and fast and fun read! I hope she makes this a series! LOVED IT!!!”
  • “I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an escape back into the best years of your life! A MUST READ.”
  • “Buy 2 copies of this relatable book – one for yourself and one for your best friend.”
  • “Siding With Plato is a must read for every girl who has gone away to college! It reminded me of my college years and the relationships between different boys, but most importantly the amazing friendships that were created. I could relate to all of the characters at one time or another. Siding With Plato is well written, funny, witty, and full of emotion. I definitely recommend reading this book!!”

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Wow! This was a great read with so many of my memories of college rolling back in as each page was turned. I love the main character Brooke who is clumsy, sweet, & a little bit wild. She reminded me of my first years in college where second guessing and goofy screw ups happened on a weekly basis. The setting of the University of Texas was wonderful for this Texan, but this book could be about any college campus across the country as it is relevent & funny on so many levels. Michelle Manning truly has it all using her gift of humor and angst that every college girl and guy lives in their goal to get that higher education. Oh yes, James is quite the awesome character as well whom this reader fell in love with on first introduction.



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