Author: Louise Rozett
Release date: August 28, 2012
Published by: HarlequinTeen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Freshman year is not what Rose expected. She just buried her father in June, said goodbye to her brother, Peter, who is off to college, and now she finds herself in a world she just can’t seem to connect to. Her best friend, Tracy, is drifting farther away from Rose’s reality: Tracy’s boyfriend is a sleaze, Tracy decides to be a cheerleader, and Tracy is now “friends” with a mean girl.
Rose can’t quite figure out who she is or where she fits in anymore. Everyone around her seems to be having a great time transitioning into high school while she stands on the sidelines and looks on.
Rose gets angry quickly, cries when she doesn’t want to, and doesn’t want to talk to her mom or brother anymore. She also finds herself crushing on a boy who couldn’t possibly be interested in her. What is wrong with her and why can’t she just get back to normal?
My Thoughts: I loved Rose! She is trying to navigate what seems like a different world with a huge shadow following her—her father’s death. She is smart, nerdy, and naïve at times. She is honest, but her blurting out what is in her head often gets her in trouble with her best friend, her “maybe” boyfriend, and her mom. She slammed into my heart and I loved her throughout the entire story—now I need the next book, so I can see what happens in the next year of high school :)
Rose’s relationships with the people around her are what make this story emotionally interesting. I think everyone can connect with the confusion of what to do when your friend seems to be moving in one direction while you move in another. Rose also has boy issues: she has one boy who has liked her since 6th grade—but she doesn’t want him as a boyfriend, and she has a crush on a junior boy who might like her, but who also might just be looking out for her like her brother asked him to.
To be honest, I loved everything about this story, from beginning to end—in fact, I didn’t want it to end! You won’t regret reading this one…Well, you might regret reading it because you have to wait soooooooooo long until the next one comes out! ;)
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