Friday, June 22, 2018

Interlude by Chantele Sedgwick {Review}

Interlude by Chantele Sedgwick
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by Sky Pony Press 
Source: I borrowed a copy from the library
When Mia Cox finds out she can't donate her kidney to save her younger sister's life, she doesn't hesitate to jump on a plane to New York, convinced she can talk their estranged birth mother, Carmen, into donating hers instead. She doesn't know the city or how she'll find Carmen when she gets there, but she has to try. If she doesn't, Maddy's going to die.
On the cross-country flight, Mia figures she'll have more than enough time to make a plan for when she lands--where she'll go, where she'll sleep, what she'll eat. But then she falls into an embarrassing conversation with the cute boy sitting next to her, and only after she insults him does she realize he's the one and only Jaxton Scott, the troubled lead singer of a famous rock band she hates. While Mia is running toward what she hopes is a cure for her sister, Jax is running away from his rockstar life. As the hours pass, they get to know each other, and she finds herself opening up to him like she never has to anyone.
When Jax volunteers to help Mia on the rest of her journey, she's hesitant to accept his offer. Under different circumstances, she would want to get to know him better, but how can she entertain this random crush on a real-life rockstar while Maddy lies in the hospital, her name one of many on a never-ending transplant list?
Though everything seems perfect while they're in the air, once on the ground again, Mia's lack of preparation catches up with her, and she receives grave news from home. Clinging to the shred of hope she has left, she accepts Jax's help but makes it clear that her priority is finding Carmen and saving Maddy's life. She will not, under any circumstances, stray from her mission no matter how cute, thoughtful, and sweet her new friend may be.
My Review: 4 Stars

My teenage self really loved three things--romance, celebrities, and a heart-wrenching story that would make me cry. I guess I loved books and movies to help release that angst. INTERLUDE has them all and I really did enjoy it, even with the lump in my throat.

Mia and her younger sister, Maddy, are really close and Maddy is dying. In a final, desperate measure to save her sister, Mia runs away to New York City to look for their birth mom, where she meets Jaxton, a famous rocker. I loved the meet cute they shared and the way they quickly, yet gradually got to know each other.

I love that Jaxton is portrayed as a "normal" person, even though he is a celebrity. People are people. I believe that people, especially young people, can change and it was fun to see how generous and chivalrous Jax was. Mia is very spontaneous and her fierce love for her family is so sweet.

The characters and plot came together in a way that really held my interest and had me on the edge of a good cry. Everyone should follow their dreams. Oh, the feels are real with this one!

Content: mild romance; vague talk of party life

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