July 2013, 325 pages.
Source: borrowed from the library
Caymen works in a doll shop with her mom and her world shifts to a
different place around the time of her senior year. She meets
honey-voiced lead singer for the Crusty Toad's, Mason, just after she
meets Xander, a customer's grandson. I guess in a way, this is a love
triangle, but things are clearly in favor of one of the guys.
referred to herself at one point as living the life of a 40 year old,
which was very sad to me. Yes, teens today need to learn responsibility,
but not so much that they aren't able to be a teen and have fun with
their friends, dream of college, have a social life, etc. Caymen
shouldered so much for her mom and sacrificed even more. Her dry humor
really did mask a lot of her feelings.
I liked how easy going Mason was. He was accepting of all and fun to be around, which was just what Caymen needed at that time.
Xander was awesome!! So down-to-earth, even though he had every reason not to be. I loved the career days he planned.
felt like things were wrapped up a little too neatly. Of course, I love
a happily ever after ending, but with so much conflict with Caymen's
mom and her family, it was just a little to quickly resolved for me. I
guess I wanted more story!! :)
All in all, I loved it and can't wait for more from Ms. West!!
Content: brief mentions of teen unwed pregnancy and drinking; kissing. Clean.
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