This book is definitely one of my 2013 favourites. Both funny and sad, I couldn’t wait to spend more time with these characters. It’s one of those books that I wished had an infinite number of pages so it would never be over. And no, there’s no dystopian future, zombies, crazy viruses or dark twists. Just good ol’ fashioned growing up pains, love pangs, family drama and a secret or two to keep things interesting. I know, right? Who though I was capable of reading (and liking) thing without death.
When Devan’s father dies, she’s sent to live with her mother in LA. The mother she’s never met. The mother whose identity she only discovered a few years ago. The mother who is a ridiculously famous author while Devan is just a musical-loving, awkward teen. Everything she knows about her mom is kept as a list in her diary, a list she’s determined to complete.
The dialogue between characters (especially between Reece and everyone else) is just brilliant. It’s almost painfully awkward at times, but at the same time so funny you can’t help but giggle out loud. It’s an interesting set-up: girl meets mother she’s never known when forced to live with her after the only family she has dies. I couldn’t help but love Reece from the very first moment we meet her, yet at the same time, I felt so painfully close to Devan as she struggles to understand her mother and why she never reached out before now. Throw in a few quirky friends, a frenemy and a hot boy or two, and you’ve got a recipe for a great set-in-high-school coming-of-age novel.
I’d recommend this book to anyone and everyone. There’s blush-worthy moments, heartache, tears and smiles. It’s just the kind of feel-good novel that everyone needs in their life.
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