Vivian Marie Aubin de Paris
"She wanted to tell them she would be willing to trade places with them for the evening in exchange for their cheeseburgers."
Annabelle likes her life. She is popular, has a large group of friends and Trevor is finally noticing her. Okay, it could be better, but it's pretty close to perfect. That is, until Will, Trevor's brother, starts popping up in her life. At first it's nice to have someone to help out when her friends are less than reliable. But then he keeps appearing and finding his way into her thoughts. As they spend more and more time together will she find out that he's a bad kid like everyone says? Or is there more to Will? And if so, could be show her that there is more to her too?
My Opinion: This book was a fascinating glimpse into the insecure world of a teenage girl trying to fit it. It reminded me a bit of Mean Girls, but more intense and emotion filled. Annabelle is a bit naive and innocent about the world - trusting her friends too much and putting a lot of importance on popularity. I'll admit there were times I wanted to shake some sense into her - but I feel that way about real-life teenagers too, so I'll attribute that to great writing. :) Will is a deeper, rebellious type but still a great guy. Side characters were good and paint a full picture of high school life - though a bit overly divided into clicks. I do have to say though, that although it is young adult, there is a decent amount of teen drinking and drug use - so I would keep that in mind when suggesting it to an actual teenager.
I was given a free copy of this book to review. No other compensation was given. The summary and opinion are 10% my own.