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Blurb (from Goodreads):
A passionate summer love story about a girl, her childhood best friend recently released from juvie, and the small-town lies that have kept them apart. A teen romance debut with a dark edge.
Liz Grant is about to have the summer of her life. She and her friend MacKenzie are getting invited to all the best parties, and with any luck, Innis Taylor, the most gorgeous guy in Bonneville, will be her boyfriend before the Fourth of July.
Local teen convict released early.
Jason Sullivan wasn’t supposed to come back from juvie. A million years ago, he was her best friend, but that was before he ditched her for a different crowd. Before he attacked Innis’s older brother, leaving Skip’s face burned and their town in shock.
“Everything is not what you think.”
Liz always found it hard to believe what they said about Jason, but all of Bonneville thinks he’s dangerous. If word gets out she’s seeing him, she could lose everything. But what if there’s more to that horrible night than she knows? And how many more people will get hurt when the truth finally comes out?
“You’re the one person who believes in me.”
Leah Konen’s southern romance swelters with passion as it explores the devastating crush of lies, the delicate balance of power and perception, and one girl’s journey to find herself while uncovering the secrets of so many others.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a YA contemporary romance with a bit of mystery.
I felt quite sorry for Liz in this story as she felt in the dark over what had happened with Jason and Skip, in the dark over her own relationship with Innes, and constantly bullied by her mother and sister to be perfect.
The storyline in this was about Liz meeting Jason again after his time in juvie, and trying to find out what had really happened the night Skip was injured. We did have a bit of a love triangle between Liz, Jason and Liz’s boyfriend Innes, but it seemed like Liz knew who she really wanted to be with.
I did find the pace in this a little slow, and it seemed to take a long time to find out what had really happened.
The ending to this was pretty good, and we did get a bit of a twist at the end.
6 out of 10