⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5
Wow! This book was not exactly what I was expecting, but it ended up being much more. A story of young love, tragedy, bullying, and finding a path in life.
I have to say that I love the cover of this book, its beautiful. I also absolutely loved the quote at the beginning of the book. “To be nobody-but-yourself – in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” E. E. Cummings
Erin Michaels hasn’t had the easiest time growing up. Her start in life wasn’t the best, but she has a good home, and a loving guardian. Unfortunately, she’s the target of the mean girls in school and has been for years. She tries as hard as she can to be invisible, but her senior year seems to be the year the that she’ll be noticed the most.
Mason Knight, the new kid in school. He’s mysterious and hot, and the only open seat in class is right next to Erin. She is not thrilled that his presence next to her has drawn more attention to her, but she’ll end up happy with the attention he shows her this year.
This story had me getting very angry at the way that the mean girls ruled the school, and no one stood up to them. The story was a tough story, but it was done very well. The tragedy in the story was pulled from the headlines. I loved that Erin was able to show her kind heart and how Mason saw it from the beginning.
This story had the typical high school cliques and showed so many characteristics in the characters and how life can change so quickly for anyone. I loved Erin, Mason, Monica, and Gram. I look forward to more on these characters and to see where life takes them next.
I give this story a 5-star review and highly recommend it to readers who enjoy YA love. However, be warned that there is some tragedy in the book, and you’ll need the tissues close.