Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
- Imprint: Simon Pulse
Date Published: July 10th, 2012
Format: Hard Cover
Source: Toronto Public Library
In this humorous love story from the author of “Two-Way Street”, an unlikely romance is the best sort of surprise—but the wrong secret can ruin everything. Kelsey’s not going to let one mistake ruin her life. Sure, she got kicked out of prep school and all her old friends are shutting her out. But Kelsey’s focused on her future, and she’s determined to get back on track at Concordia High.
Isaac’s been kicked out of more schools than he can count. Since his father’s a state senator, Isaac’s life is under constant scrutiny—but Concordia High’s his last stop before boarding school, so Isaac’s hoping to fly under the radar and try to stay put for a change.
When Kelsey and Isaac meet, it’s anything but love at first sight. She thinks he’s an entitled brat, and he thinks she’s a stuck-up snob. So it surprises them both when they start to fall for each other. Kelsey’s happy for the first time in months, and Isaac’s never felt this way about anyone before. But nothing’s ever completely perfect. Everyone has secrets, and Isaac and Kelsey are no exceptions. These two may have fallen hard, but there’s one thing that can ruin it all: the truth.
Number of Days It Took to Read: 1
I’m not a fan only because these types of covers don’t appeal to me. If anything, the synopsis was got me to read it. It feels a bit too editorial and thus forgettable.
The Writing Score: 3.5 out of 5
Recommendation: Casual Perusal
Memorable or Forgettable: Forgettable
Rating: 4 out of 5
Why forgettable but got 4 stars? The lead up was done wonderfully but the reveal fell flat. The book is told in two perspectives: Kelsey and Isaac. It also switches between before the aftermath and after it which leads up to THE aftermath. THE aftermath wasn’t all it was hyped up to be and I felt like the strong, negative feelings towards it weren’t warranted.
Before the big reveal though, I really liked this book. I love Kelsey so much. She’s a hilarious head to be in and I completely agree with “the action” that caused her to get kicked out of her last school but that’s just me. I really enjoyed Isaac as character as well along with Marshall and Chloe. The relationship between Isaac and Kelsey were great too.
I just wish the story was longer. I feel like Isaac and Kelsey’s relationship wasn’t going through enough obstacles (yes, more than what was already going on). I also would have liked Isaac’s issues with his dad to be explored further as well.
A. A. Omer
The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.