Published: April 30th, 2010 by FriesenPress
isbn: 1770670130 (ISBN13: 9781770670136)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Received from: Author for review
Sloan Sawyer's family began to dissolve the day her father died. Fifteen then, Sloan had turned to her mother for comfort, and had been turned away. Now, at eighteen, a senior in high school, Sloan is alone and playing the role of guardian for her fifteen-year-old younger sister, who appears to be set on ruining her own life. Along with trying to save her sister from her destructive decisions,, Sloan is working day and night to get into a prestigious art program, while working out twice a day to try and clinch a state title in swimming-the same state title that her mother had won when she had been Sloan's age. When an incident at school brings her into contact with the new kid, who also happens to be the principal's son, Sloan finds herself beginning one more relationship that she isn't sure she knows how to handle.
I thought this was an interesting and easy to read contemporary book. It has compelling characters and a realistic story line. Contrary to the cover- this is not a self help book. I say that because I was asked several times about the self help book I was reading. Once you read the book the cover makes sense, but before- not so much. But this is one you shouldn't judge by the cover.
I found I understood the main characters quite well. Sloan's personality was easy to read and understand and Grady was an easy character to fall in love with. The side character's were quite interesting as well- Maria, the fashion Goddess, and her boyfriend Bobby; and then Sloan's absent mother and her sister the teenager that's gone a bit crazy. There were others that were less important but were still well drawn characters. I thought the author did quite well with her character descriptions and I can't say I have any complaints.
The story line was pretty interesting. I won't say there wasn't anything that didn't bug me- I did find in the beginning I got a little bored, the story was moving along a bit too slowly for my taste. But things picked up and although there were the few bigger issues I think lack of conflict could be an issue for some when reading it. Personally I think I was happy with how things went. I teared up a few times, I felt enraged a few times, and I giggled a few times- so it had a bit of everything. The romance was sweet and the family issues seemed quite realistic to me. And really, that was what the main issues were about, family.
I think that this book is as good as most any contemporary book out there, and better then many I've read. It may not have the recognition with a big time publisher or a well known author, but it's definitely just as good.
I really don't have patience these days. I have so many books to read I don't have time to read one that isn't good. If I can't get into it within the first 50 pages then I'm done and chances are it won't get picked up again. This one was good. I give it 4/5 moons.
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Disclosure: I received this book from the author for review. I was not paid or compensated in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.