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- Publisher: Self Published
- Publish Date: May 14th, 2013
- Source: eARC provided by YA Bound Blog Tours for review
College freshman Quinn Montgomery will do anything to avoid the mistake her sister made—killing herself over a boy. But when she is forced into nude modeling at a local college to support her family after a bankruptcy, she begins to crack, just enough to let Torrin, the university’s top varsity oarsman, see that the real Quinn is not as feisty and unapproachable as she wants everyone to think. But letting someone in comes at a steep cost and, it turns out, Torrin is connected to Quinn’s family in more ways than she could ever imagine.
I have been on a contemporary NA kick lately so it was a given that I would want to read this. That tagline totally had me. This book was great and had just what I like in NA novels, which is a broken character who is trying to manage without breaking, is lost, but is able to find the person inside that they didn't know existed. Unlike so many other books in this genre, the love interest is super sweet and awesome, not the douche bad boy. (Though there is one of those too!)
Brooklyn was one of those characters who is not likeable, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy her. I felt for her, I sympathized with her to a point, I even cared what happened to her. She is an unlikable character, but she's intended to be that way. It's her armor, her shell. She needs her bitchy attitude, and don't give a shit personality to get through each day. Sometimes I really wanted to jump into the book and tell her to just stop being such a bitch to everyone around her, but that is how she copes with her issues.
Torrin was fabulous! Unfortunately, besides being nice, funny, athletic, artsy, and persistent, we didn't get to know a whole lot about him. I really liked him, so I wish we would have gotten to know him a little bit better. He really was great with Quinn though. He made her see that it's okay to trust people, to break down her walls, let people in who really care. Sadly, he keeps a secret from her (in defense, she's keeping a secret from him too) that is pretty big. I liked the way that he handled it though and it made me like him even more.
This was very predictable to me, but I still was able to really enjoy it. That's a good book when even with an unlikable MC and a predictable storyline, it can still win me over. I just took it for what it was, and let myself enjoy the journey of Quinn discovering herself and not being afraid. It wasn't intensely emotional for me, but I did feel the buzz of them at certain points. Overall I thought this was a great read, and loved that it didn't stick to the normal standard of the virgin girl or the bad boy. I also liked the realness of how the characters are. They are just typical college kids doing what they do. And total bonus points for no insta-love!! I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
About the Author
Brooklyn Skye is just your average awkward girl who's obsessed with words. She grew up in a small California town where she quickly realized writing was an easy escape from small town life.
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