Review | Four Doors Down – Emma Doherty


four doors down

Four Doors Down by Emma Doherty

226 pages
Published: July 05,  2016 
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance


Becca McKenzie is just trying to make it through her senior year of high school. She has good friends and a gorgeous boyfriend but Ryan Jackson, the bane of her existence, keeps popping up everywhere.

She doesn’t care that they were best friends for years. She doesn’t care that their moms are close and therefore she hears more about him that she’d ever care to know. She doesn’t care that their mutual friend, Jake, keeps pushing them all to hang out together, and she especially doesn’t care that the rest of the school bows down and worships him.

Becca decided years ago that he wasn’t worth her time and nothing, NOTHING, is going to change her mind.




It’s been a while since I posted regularly and life is just in the way … all the time. I am incredibly behind on book reviews. You guys have no idea but I’m trying to catch up. This book was read waaaay back in 2017 and I’m finally getting around to writing this review. It was really important for me to write it because this author and this book isn’t famous. I’ve started getting into more indie authors and not well-known authors so I definitely wanted to put this up!

Four Doors Down was an interesting read. It was light and fluffy with a lot of angst and misunderstandings and witty banter. I really enjoyed the storyline. It’s about best friends who lost touch and then it started to resurface. I love how the book switched between the past and the present and it let you see how Becca and Ryan’s friendship ended the first time around. I liked the progression of the plot, it kept me glued enough. My main problem, however, was with the main character. Becca annoyed the crap out of me. I couldn’t wait to see her grow out of her childish ways. She was very selfish but refused to acknowledge her selfishness. There were problems going on with each of the characters but through her eyes, she was the only one that had drama.

It was hard to push aside the problems I had with Becca because it was constant. There were some scenes where she really did improve and I thought that it was finally time to say hi to the mature Becca but then the next chapter, she devolves back to her old ways. She made a terrible choice with her boyfriend. Ughh, why did she even like him? He’s creepy and selfish. Well, maybe she liked him because she saw herself in him. I was really interested in knowing more about her little cousin and his troubles rather than her boy problems, really. I understand why she despises Ryan, I do. At the same time … build a bridge and get over it. It’s time to be mature. Luckily for us, Becca does improve in the end.

Ryan, despite the past that Becca describe, was awesome. I knew he was a good guy and that he was sweet and kind. Maybe because I didn’t like Becca or couldn’t relate to her, I knew that her view of him was unfair and skewed. From the things that he was doing, there was no way he was as cruel as Becca described. At first I believed her, it was hard not think he was jerk, especially with what he said to her. But then, he showed up more. He was nice to her, defended her and her friends. He was sweet and really truly cared for her, and was genuinely a really good guy. Jake was the exact same way. He was the epitome of a sweetheart. It was seriously these two guys, along with Sam (Becca’s best friend), that made me continue. Also because I wanted Ryan to get a happy ending haha.


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2 Responses to Review | Four Doors Down – Emma Doherty

  1. ChrissiReads says:

    This book does sound intriguing! 🙂 Perhaps a good one to read inbetween heavier reads?

    Liked by 1 person

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