Author: Amy Spalding
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Entangled Teen (Feb. 5, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
My Rating: 5 Stars!!
Things I know about Reece Malcolm:
1. She graduated from New York University.
2. She lives in or near Los Angeles.
3. Since her first novel was released, she’s been on the New York Times bestseller list every week.
4. She likes strong coffee and bourbon.
5. She’s my mother.
Devan knows very little about Reece Malcolm, until the day her father dies and she’s shipped off to live with the mother she’s never met. All she has is a list of notebook entries that doesn’t add up to much.
L.A. offers a whole new world to Devan—a performing arts school allows her to pursue her passion for show choir and musicals, a new circle of friends helps to draw her out of her shell, and an intriguing boy opens up possibilities for her first love.
But then the Reece Malcolm list gets a surprising new entry. Now that Devan is so close to having it all, can she handle the possibility of losing everything?
This is Amy Spalding's debut novel and oh my did she start off in the writing world with a bang! This was absolutely fabulous.
I don't even have words for how heartfelt and fun this was to read. It wasn't a fluff read by any means but it did have some funny, lighter moments in it that had me laughing or smiling like crazy. It also had some very real emotional moments as well that left my heart aching for Devan.
I loved Devan. I can't even pin point everything about her that I loved other than she was so much stronger and braver than she thought. She was scared of so many things, understandable things like putting yourself out there, trying new things and just learning to love and be loved but she pushed forward anyways. She did those hard, scary things and she was better for it. There were so many times while reading this that I just wanted to reach through the pages and give her a great big hug.
This review is going to be hard because I just know I'm not going to be able to say everything that needs to be said about how wonderful this really is and I hate it when that happens. I think the best thing I can say is just that you really need to try this one. You really need to experience it for yourself.
You're going to fall in love with Devan, with Brad (who, okay, I would want for a boyfriend!), with Sai, Elijah, Travis, Mira (just trust me on this one), Lissa and yes, even Reece.
There are some very memorable characters in here that you won't be forgetting anytime soon, at least, I know I won't be.
This is one of those stories that will stay with you long after you have put it down.