by: Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
When an unexpected inheritance enables Ari to transfer to an elite Manhattan prep school, she makes a wealthy new friend, Leigh. Leigh introduces Ari to the glamorous side of New York–and to her gorgeous cousin, Blake. Ari doesn’t think she stands a chance, but amazingly, Blake asks her out. As their romance heats up, they find themselves involved in an intense, consuming relationship. Ari’s family worries that she is losing touch with the important things in life, like family, hard work, and planning for the future.
When misfortune befalls Blake’s family, he pulls away, and Ari’s world drains of color. As she struggles to get over the breakup, Ari must finally ask herself: were their feelings true love . . . or something else?
Rating: 3 out of 5
Review: What really drew me to this book was the title and the cover. The cover is such a pretty blend of images with a perfectly chosen font, and the title just captured my interest. Plus, I was really looking for a non-supernatual/paranormal romance to read. I decided to read this as one of the books for the Debut Author Challenge, and I must say it was excellently written for a debut author.
The characters were a nice blend. There were rich (Blake & Leigh), middle class(Ari), and working(Evelyn) families. I enjoyed Ari for the most part, but she was very naive. I disliked the fact that her interest in Blake led her so far astray from everything else. I really felt for her though. In the end, she lost a lot, but I think she gained a lot of knowledge from everything that happened. Ari’s mother was probably one of my favorite characters. I really respected her and how she cared for Evelyn and Ari. She could come across as somewhat crass and brusque sometimes, but deep down she really loved her family. I must say that I did not enjoy either of Ari’s “girl”-friends. Both seemed rather shallow and more of types, versus actual characters. The relationships Ari had with everyone were really what defined the book for me. They felt like real pictures of many teens’ friendships and first loves.
The story reminded me a lot of Forever by Judy Blume. If you saw my review for that book, you would know how much I disliked it, but I do not say that here to mean that I disliked this book. It was just that the period and the idea behind the stories were very similar. In the end I really was quite happy with the story of this book. It did have a few moments where I had trouble with it, but I think it was a good look at first love.
All in all the book did fall short of the expectations I had for it, but it was an interesting, enjoyable read. It is somewhat different from a lot of what I read, so I really liked that aspect of it. Since it is a debut, I think the author will definitely be one to watch for. She has a lot of potential to write some very good stories.
Cover Rating: 4 out of 5
I do not know why these images work so well together, but they just do. They are very striking and the font is a perfect color and style.
Image and description from goodreads.