Escaping her past, Aubrey Tate moves to Southern California for a fresh start with her older brother, Brandon. Starting over at a new school seems easy with her cousin, Mckayla, and her two best friends at her side, but handling the new guys is another matter. Aubrey ends up in the middle of three rivals that each want her to themselves. Mike claims her first and declare himself her friend and protector. Luke is the school heartthrob that stops Aubrey in her tracks, speechless. Gage is the mysterious, dark outsider that Aubrey can be herself around. How will she navigate her new life while she's still haunted by her past?
I'm not a big tv or movie watcher. I would rather read and that's mainly because I can really get into a book. I can connect to characters by their thoughts and feelings. A book is deeper than a story played out on screen. I felt like I was reading a movie with this one. The characters are superficial and I really wanted depth. I wanted to know why they were feeling the way they do or what they were thinking about different situations. I wanted to be in their heads.
Aubrey has had a traumatic year and is ready for a new start. She moves from Chicago to Southern CA and lives with her older brother. As her past comes out, I found myself appalled that NO ONE believes her, especially her mom. Aubrey does try to make the best of her situation and her relationships. She is consistent with a teen and maybe that's why she's shallow. The story floats along and I kept expecting some twist, but it didn't come until the end.
When Aubrey moves in, she immediately attracts the attention of four different guys. Typically, I have a guy who I'm rooting for to win her over, but I had a hard time with this one, probably because I didn't really get to know any of them that well. They all have great characteristics and they all have their flaws.
I did enjoy the relationship that Aubrey has with her cousin. They haven't seen one another for a few years, but they pick up right where they left off. I also loved the relationship she shared with her brother, Brandon.
Readers who enjoy an easy teen read with a touch of drama are sure to enjoy this one.
Content: mild descriptions of abuse, stalking, and attempted rape; mild kissing; a girl and a guy stay overnight together, but nothing happens. Clean for an older reader.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
Brittney had been an avid reader since she can remember. Her parents' form of punishment for her growing up was taking away her books and making her go outside to play. She was born and raised in Southern California, with a brief hiatus in Arizona. She loves the beach, exercising, sleeping in, and cookies. She is an obsessive dog lover, although her affection currently has no outlet. Something that she is planning on remedying soon. She currently lives in Utah while she and her husband finish college.