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Blurb (from Goodreads):
When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.
And it isn’t pretty.
Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.
As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.
Debut author Sharon Huss Roat crafts a charming and timely story of what happens when life as you know it flips completely upside down.
My rating: 3 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.)
“We were moving to Lakeside.”
This was a YA contemporary romance, about a girl from a rich family, who suddenly found herself not so rich anymore.
I liked Ivy, and I was pleased that while she was upset about having to move house, and losing her piano, she didn’t throw a total tantrum or think only of herself. She actually tried to think of ways to make things better for her whole family, and was prepared to give things up to achieve that.
“I’ll get a job,” I said. “I just put an application in at Save-a-Cent.”
The storyline in this was about Ivy adapting to her new life, but we also got a bit of romance. I wasn’t sure whether Ivy would end up with James or Lennie, and we were kept guessing right up ‘til the end! I did find the pace in this a little slow though, and the book felt long because of it.
“We both laughed, and he took one of my braids in his fingers and tugged it until my lips were close enough to kiss. And then he did, he kissed me,”
The ending to this was a happy one which was good, and it seemed that Ivy was really learning to see what was really important to her, and what wasn’t so important.
6.25 out of 10