Author: Leslie Connor
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: HarperTeen (June 24, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 2.5 Stars
Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when basketball star Brady Cullen asks her out, and she just about faints when her strict father actually approves of him.
But when school starts up again, Brady changes. What happened to the sweet boy she fell in love with? Then she meets a smoldering guy in his twenties, and this “cowboy” is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina.
Bettina knows that breaking up with Brady would mean giving up her freedom—and that it would be inappropriate for anything to happen between her and Cowboy. Still, she can’t help that she longs for the scent of his auto shop whenever she’s anywhere else.
When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth—and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.
Leslie Connor has written a lyrical, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about family, romance, and the immense power of love.
Even though I love these type of reads, once in a great while I will come across one that I just can't connect with, sadly this was one such read.
I really really wanted to like Bettina, I wanted to feel for her and love her and be able to relate to her but I just couldn't. For some reason I had an amazingly hard time trying to push through this and the worst part is, I can't even say why.
It deals with different kinds of abuse, from physical to emotional and I think it even has some very insightful heartfelt messages but yet, I still wasn't into it. I do think however that soemtimes these things just happen. Whether I wasn't in the right mindset when I started this or it was because I had just finished something that blew me away or maybe I was just too distracted with real life issues, I do believe others will really like this one and enjoy it.
I know this was the author's debut novel and while I didn't connect any way to the characters or plot, I did like the writing and I would give this author another try in the future.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*