Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Publish Date: April 19, 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Trade Paperback
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Synopsis: Devin Kelly - Air Force brat. Band nerd. Bookworm. Loner. After the death of her father, she and her mother move to Los Angeles to start a new life. Devin is "welcomed" to her new school by Jason, an arrogant bully who promises to make the rest of her senior year miserable. Things turn around, however, when beautiful, intelligent Melanie Parker, who happens to be Jason's sister, comes to her rescue. Devin is inspired by her new friend, and for the first time, begins to excel in school and is able to nurture her inherent musical talent. As Devin's and Melanie's relationship grows, Devin finds herself becoming increasingly drawn to her friend's vivacious spirit. Devin's newfound confidence is severely tested, however, when Jason's bullying takes a violent turn...and she realizes that her feeling for Melanie are more than platonic.
Review: There are few things worse as a kid than being a military brat. Devin's been moved around the country and the world because of her father's Air Force career. She's never really had any friends that last longer than the next move. However, all that ends when her father passes away and she moves to Los Angeles with her mother to be closer to her mother's family. On her first day of school she meets Jason, who trashes her the second he sees her, and his sister Melanie, who is the exact opposite of Jason. Devin and Melanie become fast best friends, but Jason's threats don't stop. However, Melanie and Devin are not going to let anything get in the way of their friendship - which turns into so much more.
Ms. Rice has written a beautiful YA novel which deals with high-school pressures, bullies, coming out to friends and family, and the overwhelming feelings of falling in love for the first time. Devin is a funny and engaging character and you really feel her happiness, pain, sorrow, and love (and the thousand other emotions teenagers go through in the span of 10 minutes). Ms. Rice has an excellent way of showing the scary and thrilling experiences and feelings of coming out, as well as dealing with both the positive and negative reactions a person can receive upon doing so. A great book for teenagers (and adults alike)!