At C.O.P.A. Saturday, April 1, 2017, when I came across Tina Torrest, heard the name but didn’t have the opportunity to read her work. Walked over introduced myself, turns out she is a North Jersey girl, just like me, I grew up in Paterson, she comes from Wayne, the next town north. She starts telling me about her books, WOW, really impressed, trying hard to rein in the fangirling, but it’s impossible. Sold me by saying, A Way to Get By is loosely based on Billy Joel’s song about Brenda & Eddie. Stranger album one of my favorites started singing as I was waiting to purchased the book, yup, embarrassing. Oh and Tina Torrest is now my new best friend, she may not be aware of this information yet, I’m trolling, stalking, fangirling really hard. Today, I sat down to read it in a few hours so here is my review. It’s nothing compared to her writing but it might or might not persuade you to read her work, if not, please don’t let her know it’s cause of this review.
This is Brenda and Eddie’s story, yes, they bought a waterbed and a couple of paintings from Sears. Truth be told this is no love song, no one compares to them. Their story is unique and so is the way in which the story is told, it will leave you shaking your head, singing to yourself, and remembering a fonder time in your life, that is, if you were born and lived in the late 70-80’s. BTW, this is an emotional read; feeling may range from anger, betrayal, frustration, hatred, love, and restlessness. I enjoyed reading this unique story and look forward to more of Ms. Torrest writing.
About the Author: Tina Torrest
T. Torrest is a 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’s a pop-culture junkie, a movie aficionado, and an enthusiast of talking about herself in the third person. A lifelong Jersey girl, she currently resides there with her husband and two sons.
She also really digs it when she hears from readers, and is known to use words like “dig” in a non-sarcastic way.