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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.
When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.
Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
16-year-old Amber has aspirations to travel the world, but until that’s possible she’s content to chat to hikers travelling through her small village. With her sister arrested, her father cheating on her mother, and boy problems to boot, Amber is just trying to keep everyone happy as best she can, even if it means doing the wrong thing to achieve that.
Can Amber really help everybody? And will she ever get what she wants?
This was an interesting story about love and loyalty, and I liked the romance.
Amber was a sweet girl, and it was obvious how much she saw, and how much she valued her family and friends. She really did try to keep things that she knew would hurt people away from them, and when someone really needed something, she always tried to get it for them, even when it meant risking everything to do it.
The storyline in this was okay, although I did get a little bored in the middle. I didn’t like the things that Amber did, but I could see why she did them, and I disliked the way that other people used her, and tried to play on her selfless nature to get what they wanted.
The romance was probably my favourite part of this book, although I wasn’t overly happy with the way Will behaved towards Amber most of the time. Hooking up with a girl who isn’t your girlfriend, then going back to your girlfriend as if nothing happened is not very gentlemanly behaviour.
The ending to this was bittersweet. I hated the way that Amber was punished for something that she only did to help someone else. It seemed unfair that by doing something wrong to help someone she loved, she ended up punished for it, and that upset me a bit. Thankfully we did get a happy ending on the romance front though, and Amber was able the bright side, even when she had lost what she personally wanted.
Overall; an interesting story about love and loyalty,
7 out of 10