From the national bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths series and The Simple Wild comes a poignant story about a girl trying to change her future while evading her past.
Almost sixteen-year-old Aria Jones is starting over. New postal code, new last name, new rules. But she doesn’t mind, because it means she can leave her painful regrets behind. In the bustling town of Eastmonte, she can become someone else. Someone better.
With the Hartford family living next door, it seems she will succeed. Sure, Cassie Hartford may be the epitome of social awkwardness thanks to her autism, but she also offers an innocent and sincere friendship that Aria learns to appreciate. And Cassie’s older brother, Emmett—a popular Junior A hockey player with a bright future—well … Aria wishes that friendship could lead to something more. If he didn’t already have a girlfriend, maybe it would.
But Aria soon finds herself in a dicey moral predicament that could derail her attempt at a fresh start. It is her loyalty to Cassie and her growing crush on Emmett that leads her to make a risky move, one that earns her a vindictive enemy who is determined to splinter her happy new world.
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*** 3 Star Review ***
This one is a hard one for me to review. I am stuck in limbo with my thoughts and feelings on this book. I can't deny Tucker's writing ability. She is definitely a fantastic writer. However, I had a hard time connecting with this book and its characters. I just can't seem to put my finger on it.
I won't deny that I devoured this book. It's an easy read from start to finish. It moved pretty fast for me. The storyline kept me intrigued and hopeful. The characters were pretty straight forward.
If I am being honest with myself, I think my ambivalence with this one is the emotional side. I have come to expect an emotional experience with this author's books. I didn't get that ride with this one. I think I should have given the theme of the book. However, the emotional aspect just wasn't there for me. I felt disconnected, although invested, with the story.
Overall, this book is a good book. Easy to read. Hot topics depicted fairly well. It just wasn't the homerun I was hoping it would be. I am sure many are going to really enjoy this book.