I wasn't sure what to expect from this story. Hannah has suffered through a very believable mistake where something is posted to TwitterMore like 3.5.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this story. Hannah has suffered through a very believable mistake where something is posted to Twitter that makes an enormous impact on her life. This is the sort of thing that could, and probably does, happen to teens all the time. It's kind of scary to think about. As a result of this, she's been bullied, both in a cyber aspect and in person as well. In order to cope, she's completely isolated herself. She doesn't even have parents to turn to, as she has only a mother, and one who isn't the best role model out there, and one who thinks moving from place to place and running from problems is the best method for dealing with things. So Hannah gets this honestly. It didin't escape my irony scope that Hannah's method for dealing with her circumstances is to withdraw, which is also a form of running isn't it.
I thought Hannah was a very well-crafted character. She is one I felt very badly and strongly for. She has isolated herself entirely at school by avoiding people, classes, and other things, eating her lunch in the library, and being generally unapproachable. Until a new guy comes along. One that I loved because he was sweet and patient, and slowly but surely tore down Hannah's walls.
The romance was a very nice, slow progression which was gratifying and satisfying at the same time. The story was poignantly and beautifully written, and had some wonderful themes and messages in it. I have to applaud the author for taking on some of these themes and handling them so well. A very good read....more
I've been a big fan of the Backstage Pass series since the very first book, and have thoroughly enjoyed each installment. I've been eagerly anticipatiI've been a big fan of the Backstage Pass series since the very first book, and have thoroughly enjoyed each installment. I've been eagerly anticipating Nathan's story, because he's the one I felt like I knew the least about. He's more quiet, the youngest, and hasn't really taken center stage, so to speak, in the overall plot so far. This book didn't disappointment.
I loved Nathan immediately. He's so sweet and cute. I hated the situation he now finds himself in. All the other guys in the band have girlfriends, so the pressure is on for him to be the "dateable" one, the one people still have a chance with. Thus, he has to go on dates with celebrity girls he isn't even interested in. I know this happens in real life. You know all those celebrity marriages that occur and last a year or less? They were probably PR setups. I felt really bad for Nathan because of this situation, for him to have to hold the entire bag when what he really wants is a more simple girl, down to earth. He finds that in Abby.
Abby was so sweet, talented, and what I thought was a perfect match for Nathan. They meet very early in the story,and they had what I would describe as a "meet cute". I won't spoil it for anyone, but I will say that I was on board with their romance from the first few pages. She's got a YouTube following and is auditioning to be the opening act for Seconds to Juliet. Only problem is, once she's there, she's pretty much forbidden ground for Nathan in all respects.
I loved the conflict in this story, the way PR people try to dictate a celebrity's every move. And I loved the romance. I can't go into more detail without ruining something for those who haven't read it. But the author did a fabulous job giving this book depth inside a cute story, and for ending out this great series with a wonderful installment. Loved it....more