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Heat of the Moment

(Moment of Truth #1)

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  1,230 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Lyla McAfee had all but forgotten the email that she wrote to herself freshman year and scheduled to be delivered right before graduation—the one promising that she’d learn to trust by the end of senior year. But when she receives it the first morning of her senior trip to Florida her life is sent into a tailspin. Soon she’s questioning her seemingly perfect relationship w ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by HarperTeen
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Emily Every book takes place at the same time but they are companion books. The last book's ending will spoil the rest of the books but they can be read out…moreEvery book takes place at the same time but they are companion books. The last book's ending will spoil the rest of the books but they can be read out of order too if you want.(less)

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Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt
Book One of the Moment of Truth series
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

Before graduation, I promise to...learn to trust. In the first book in the Moment of Truth series, Lyla discovers that trusting her head might be easy but trusting her heart is a whole other matter.

Each book in this paperback original series is told from the
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Before graduation, I will… learn to trust.”

This was a light and easy summer read, but the main character just told so many lies!

I didn’t dislike Lyla in this book, but I did get a little annoyed at the number of lies she told. It got to the point where everything out of her mouth seemed to be a lie, and if I had been her friend, I think I’d have gotten pretty sick of it
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
This is the moment when I feel like I'm too old for a certain book. There's no way someone my age(25) would find the inside of this girl's mind sane. She was childish and obsessed with finally getting laid on her school trip. Guuurl...

While I was reading Heat of the Moment I kept thinking about how much this book reminds me of a bad, teen Zade(Hart of Dixie) fanfiction. While Hart of Dixie is charming and silly, this book was just silly.

The MC irked me from the start where she's talking trash
2.5 / 5 stars

You know it’s a Lauren Barnholdt book if:
• Main character freaks out over something small
• MC lies about something and keeps lying to cover it up (because she’s a pathological liar)
• the love interest is either:
• Pretentious/cocky/asshole
• or sweet/swoon-worthy
• or both if there’s a love triangle

• Lots of slut-shamming from all around
• The MC creates more angst/problem for herself because she can’t stop fucking lying
• The MC obsesses over silly little details over everythi
Anabel (inthebookcorner)
DNFed at 28%
Did not like the main character. Wow was she annoying. Didn't want to waste my time on a book I wasn't enjoying at all. Also, I don't think I could have handled reading more about her repeatedly stating how she was dying to lose her virginity to her boyfriend, just to get it out of the way, while flirting with some other guy the whole time. blah.
Sep 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF. This book could have been good, and definitely suffers from the "great synopsis, terrible book" syndrome. The main character was just so annoying. I immediately stopped reading once I got to the line that literally was written, "His back was, um, muscular." ...more
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
I received a free copy from Edelweiss for review purposes.

DNF 43%

A while ago I read Lauren Barnholdt's novel Through to You and it's fair to say we did not get along. When I saw this go up on Edelweiss, I requested it before I realised who the author was. Big mistake. Instead I decided to give it a good go and I made it nearly 50% through the book, but the absurdity of it affected my enjoyment massively and I couldn't go on any longer.

So, when Lyla was 14 she, along with her two best friends, wr
Kathy Martin
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a story of the most poorly-supervised class trip that I have ever read about. The seniors are traveling from somewhere in New England to Florida for Spring Break. This episode, the first in a trilogy, is told by Lyla McAfee. It begins with her receiving an email from her 8th grade self which reminds her of her vow to "learn to trust." Next, she just about misses the flight to Florida when her mom is late bringing her to the bus at school.

Luckily, another senior has also missed the bus. A
Laura's Book Addiction
#HeatOfTheMoment by #LaurenBarnholdt 3/5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ a likeable story. I loved Beckett but Derrick just got on my nerves. I'm looking forward to reading Quinn's & Aven's books!!! ...more
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, disappointed, 2014
What to say…what to say? First off, I don’t feel like this book was exactly as the description advertised. Lyla doesn’t appear to begin questioning her relationship with longtime boyfriend Derrick because of the email she sent to herself. And she doesn’t really even start to question whether ending her friendship with Quinn and Aven was the biggest mistake of her life either. I mean I don’t want to give too much away, but that’s just not how this book went down. I mean that might have been how t ...more
Brandi Kosiner
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I wanted to read this because it sounded like a nice summer read but also one that would have some depth. I also love the premise of writing to your older self and seeing how those goals and promises line up with how life turns out three years later.

The friendship between the three is shrouded in her hurt, she feels like they betrayed her trust, and they have been estranged for almost as long as they wrote the emails. Of course, getting the emails they wrote so long ago, and when they were th
Nov 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, books-for-review
I wanted to like this book, but the protagonist was frustrating. Her boyfriend was frustrating. The situations were frustrating. The conclusion was frustrating and a little random--it was something that could have been dealt with a lot earlier in the book. Also, the prose was infuriating.

Imagine that you're having a monologue. And you're just talking like this in your head and you have a random thought and suddenly--

"Look, I'm interrupting your mental thought. Every. Single. Time."

This was prob
Shannon Rogers
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-arc
I am such a huge fan of Lauren Barnholdt books, and this one was no exception. At first, I wasn't sure if I would like Lyla. She seemed a little self-centered and kind of stupid actually considering some of the things she just seemed to be completely deluded about. However, as time went on, she definitely grew on me. I started to think back at how I used to think when I was a teenager and I kept thinking, yet, that was me. So she was definitely a pretty believable character. And therein lies one ...more
May 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is the first book that I bought on a whim and it is the last. I wanted a fun and dramatic book to kick off my summer and this just did not live up to its potential. I found the main character Lyla to be selfish and annoying. She told lie after lie to a point that it just got ridiculous! Don't even get me started on the 'school' trip. Where are all the teachers? They are nonexistent in this book... all the students just wonder around Florida all by themselves and go clubbing. I thought her e ...more
writing a review for this book is hard for me, because i felt two strikingly different ways throughout it. sometimes i loved it with the power of a thousand burning suns, and other times i hate it the same way, but both of those feelings were very fleeting and shallow. ultimately, i felt... nothing about this book. it was very much just okay. i knew from the beginning how things were going to go: it was cliché and predictable, anyone who's ever read a book in their life will be able to almost ps ...more
Heat of the Moment is a sweet high-scool/YA romance. I got involved with the characters and I liked the storyline, even though it’s sort of a cliche.

That being said, it wasn’t enough to really catch my attention. It was an entertaining read, but there wasn’t anything really special in it. At least not for me.

It’s not a bad book, the writing is okay. And I don’t mind the youger subjects, but even for a YA book it felt a bit too shallow. I wish it dived more into the subjects.

Also it ended in su
Mar 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf-abandoned
MC female was too much of a spaz.
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was 3.5 stars for me. I really enjoyed the story, but I felt it could've been done better. Some of the characters annoyed me, and I don't know if I could read the rest of the books. ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It took me so long to get through Wayfarer that I was really afraid of falling into another slump. That did not happen. read the entire book in a day. It was definitely intended for a younger audience but I had a great time. A perfect lighthearted summer read
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Lauren Barnholdt is hit or miss with a lot of readers but for me, she’s mostly been a hit. The last couple of books she’s released haven’t been my favorites but I still like her as an author so I try to give her books a go when they hit the review shelves.

This book is the first in her new Moment of Truth series about three ex best friends who are in their senior of high school and have received emails that they sent to each other back when they were freshman in high school. Back before their fri
Ashley (Loves Books)
If you’re looking for a quick, light summer read that’s got elements you’re looking for in a contemporary YA novel, Heat of the Moment is for you.

Now, I’m going to admit early on: I’m not really a fan of this book. There were some parts I liked, and I do actually think I’ll be reading the following two books in this series…but overall, I had so many problems with it.

I think the main problem was Lyla—which is unfortunate, since she’s the main character of this installment. She was just…she lied s
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3 Out of 5 Stars

Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt
Moment of Truth, #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
Source: Advanced Review Copy provided by publisher

Thank you HarperCollins for this ARC for review and this in no way affected my opinion or rating of this novel.

This was the first book by Lauren that I have read and I really liked the fun, easy feel that her writing has. This story was written through only one POV and yet through the details in her writing I
Have you ever read a book that is so mindless that you can’t help but laugh? That was me while I was reading Heat of the Moment.

The concept behind Heat of the Moment is that it is one part of a trilogy, where each book focuses on one of three ex-best friends. The book started with Lyla missing the bus for her senior trip to Disney. She had been looking forward to this trip forever, so she started panicking when she realized that she might not be able to go after all. She luckily ran into another
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First of all, sorry if I make some mistakes english is not my native language!

The book was really lame!
I didn't like the MC, Layla, she was so annoying! She always lied, to her boyfriend, to her friends, to Beckett, to her mother, to herself... TO EVERYONE!!! The only thing she told were lies! It was sooo annoying!
I loved the idea about the emails! It's such a cute idea for a book, but seriously she turned it into something so boring!
Also the Side characters... Most of them were also annoying.
Jul 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction

Disappointing. Almost all thoughts and decisions that Lyla made annoyed me, or didn't make any sense. The plot and events seemed really thrown together and as others have stated in their reviews, not as how the sypnosis describes. She didn't make any sense to me and the drama she made in her head went on for far too long, and all these bad scenarios could have been avoided if she just didn't lie about things that didn't have to be a big deal. Is that why her name is Lie-la?

I read another one of

May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and overall liked the story line and loved Beckett. He was so hot, funny, brooding, mysterious, and handsome. Lyla was an okay main character but she got on my nerves at times because she would never give anyone time to explain things. Once she made her mind up, no one could talk her out of anything. She worried too much and tried a little too hard at times, but she had her good moments. She was witty and had a good heart. She really developed throughout the book and s ...more
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, ebook, library, 3-stars
This was cute. Nothing groundbreaking or spectacular, but just a fun, light read. I'm looking forward to the other books in this series to see what Quinn and Aven's stories are. And as far as Lyla goes, I liked her characterization. She seemed like a real teenage girl.

My only gripe, and it's not just this book, it's most, is that the conflict always seems to be the same: one person is too stubborn to admit something, and when the other person calls them out on it, they get in a big fight for no
Laura Greata
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Different (lower) standards for a beach read. 4 stars to read as a super easy teen read on beach in one day. 3 stars as compared to my other ratings...
Feb 22, 2016 added it
Shelves: romance, everyday
Absolute rubbish - I read it for the laughs! It's the high school version of those stupid books we'd read in primary school about all the popular girls and their boyfriends/love triangles. ...more
Linda Pérez
(2.5) Ah, lying for no reason to cover more lies for no reason. My least favorite trope. It’s been a while.
Some YA protagonists really don’t know you don’t have to lie about everything, huh?
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