This book was a revelation. I expected to find another typical angst-ridden high school romance and instead got something real, honest and wonderful.This book was a revelation. I expected to find another typical angst-ridden high school romance and instead got something real, honest and wonderful. It's been said that the intensely romantic nature of the Twilight series is a big part of why it's so popular with so many readers. This beautifully crafted novel shares that romanticism, and sets it in the real world.
As Sara starts her senior year, she’s determined to find real love - a relationship with someone who truly understands her, just the way she is. She hopes that someone is Dave, a boy she’s been crushing on all summer, and he asks her out on the first day of school. But as Sara fits herself into the mold of ‘Dave’s girlfriend,’ she begins to suspect that he is not at all the kind of boy she hoped he was. Instead of being with someone who understands her, she realizes she's becoming someone else, just to please Dave.
Tobey has known Sara since elementary school, but he hadn’t talked to her in years until he had art class with her in the spring of their junior year. Over the summer Tobey dreams of Sara, believing she may be his ‘something real..' He starts senior year determined to win her, only to see her hook up with Dave on the very first day.
This story of searching for and finding what just might be true love is told in chapters that alternate between Sara and Tobey’s point of view and the author gives each a genuine voice and complex characterization. If you’re in the mood for an honest-to-goodness real-life romance, this is the book for you....more
Amy is preparing to leave the Pinewood Teen Treatment Center where she has spent the summer dealing with her binge-drinking and the crippling depressiAmy is preparing to leave the Pinewood Teen Treatment Center where she has spent the summer dealing with her binge-drinking and the crippling depression that followed the death of her best friend. Her therapist suggests that she might like to keep a diary in order to chronicle “her journey.” Alienated, depressed and disconnected from her friends and parents, Amy cannot conceive of keeping any kind of a journal. The only person she wants to talk to, the only person she would even consider writing to, is her best friend, Julia. Julia, who has been dead for 75 days. Julia, whose death Amy caused.
This gut-wrenching novel of grief and understanding is made all the more fascinating by the absolute truth of Amy’s character. Like all of Elizabeth Scott’s protagonists, Amy is utterly real, with both flaws and strengths. Her struggles with self-image and her lack of any kind of relationship with her parents; as well as her ultimate acceptance of the nature of blame and choice are all told with shattering honesty. Seriously, this is one of the best Y.A. books I have ever read, so don't miss it....more
They think they have it all figured out. Meg is the rebel. John is the responsible one. They couldn’t be more right ... or more wrong.
A high school seThey think they have it all figured out. Meg is the rebel. John is the responsible one. They couldn’t be more right ... or more wrong.
A high school senior just a few months shy of her graduation. Meg wants one thing - to leave her small hometown and never look back. To keep herself sane while she waits for the day she can leave, Meg parties a little too hard, lives a little too recklessly. One night she takes a dare too far and that’s how she meets John.
John could have left their little home town a year ago. Instead, he made a conscious decision to stay. He joined the local police force and now he takes his job very seriously. When he sees Meg, he pegs her as a spoiled brat headed down a road that can only lead to jail time or dying young. When Meg looks at John, she sees someone without the strength or the imagination to leave their one-horse town behind.
The real truth is that both Meg and John have secrets. Neither is as shallow or as selfish as the other believes. And if they can learn to trust each other with the truth, they might discover that they don’t have everything figured out after all.
It would be literally impossible to praise this book highly enough. The characters are deep and so well drawn that you feel as if you remember their lives before the book began. The emotions and interactions between Meg and John are exactly right throughout the book. Truly, don't miss this....more