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Posted June 30, 2013
Hannah Cohen has always lived her life by a set of carefully constructed rules to maintain her family's image of perfection. But now, the rules aren't helping control the chaos that is quickly taking over. Her father's gone into rehab for a prescription drug addiction and her mother's grown even more cold with her 'social' drinking. She opts out to spending the summer in Paris with her mom, and instead heads to the mountains of North Carolina to stay with her estranged aunt. The Blue Ridge Mountains provide a safe haven where her secrets can be forgotten. Then Hannah crosses paths with a new set of friends, including Jude Westmore, and she finds herself breaking out of the comfort of her rules and doing things she had never dared before. As the summer passes, Hannah and Jude grow closer and make up their own rules for dealing with life. But then the reality Hannah has tried to forget rears back, and she has to choose between following the same lonely road she'd grown used to and what she really wants for herself.
I don't read a lot of young adult, even young adult romance, but something about this premise drew me. I'm glad I chose it. This had a smooth, polished heroine on the surface, but underneath she was a white, hot mess. The hero was tortured, having forgotten his own dreams after tragedy. Watching these two come together was sweet and satisfying. The array of secondary characters were needed adds and had me wanting to do everything from spit nails to hug them. That's proof the author knows how to get the reader invested. She also understands the age group and target audience to create uncertainty, interest, and relatability. The setting was well-crafted and the conflict strong. Most impressive was the evolvement of all the characters involved, leading to a realistic and fulfilling conclusion.
Posted June 25, 2013
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Fiction Addiction and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Hannah is going to stay with her aunt for the summer while her mother goes off to vacation in Paris with a friend, and her father is in rehab.
Whilst she’s there Hannah meets Jude – a guy who’s still grieving over his older brother’s recent death.
Together Hannah and Jude try to show each other that there’s more to life than following the rules, and that it’s okay to not do what people expect from you at times.
This was a good YA contemporary romance, that also had some inspiring messages about doing what you really want to do in life, and not letting other people’s thoughts and feelings influence who you are.
Hannah was a girl who was trying to work out who she was, and what she wanted to do with her life. She was angry and disappointed with her father who had ended up in rehab, and her mother who didn’t seem to care about anything other than upholding a perfect public image.
I liked Jude, even though he had problems of his own, and I could totally see why he’d have problems getting over his brother’s death.
I liked the storyline in this book, and I liked how Jude and Hannah pushed each other to move on with their lives. I liked how Hannah tried to overcome her mother’s strict rules, and how Jude tried to come out of his shell a bit. I thought that the soft romance between the two of them was sweet, but they actually got so much more out of their relationship than romance.
I thought the ending was good, and fitting, although I did have worries about the direction Jude had decided on for his future. Most of all I liked Hannah’s new rules though:
Rule 1 – be honest, don’t complicate things.
Rule 2 – do what scares you the most
Rule 3 – always do the thing that could get you arrested.
Rule 4 – don’t be afraid of reality.
Overall; a good YA contemporary romance with some inspirational messages.
7 out of 10.
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