265 pages, YA Contemporary Romance
My rating: 4 stars
Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents.
-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one.
-Things are not always how they appear.
Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away.
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one.
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.
Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy.
Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced... Until he mysteriously withdrew.
Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father.
A secret that could permanently change all their lives.
My 2 cents
This is a story of a girl, Anna, who has been sort of a recluse in high school, and has now decided she will be different for her senior year. In response to this, she attracts two very hot guys--Julian, the hottest boy in school and her friend, and Jack, the new rich guy in school.
Anna can't believe that Julian is all of the sudden interested in her and asking her out. She thinks he's just being his goofy self. No way would the most popular guy in school want her! And Jack....he makes her feel all gooey, and she practically throws herself at him--many times I might add--and he seems okay on taking her up on her offers!
What I loved about this book was Anna's self discovery on figuring out what she really wanted. She makes several mistakes, and it takes her awhile to get her head on straight, mainly because of lust. Its pretty clear that Jack is lust, and Julian is love--the kind of love that gives you a best friend, too. And I really loved how the book highlights this. I think our society gets way to caught up in the lust, but lust doesn't last forever!
In the middle of all this, Anna discovers a shocking town secret while interning at the town's newspaper. This really made the story for me, I love a good mystery! There is a big of a cliffhanger ending, but the next book comes out in July, so thanks to the author for not making me wait very long!