This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Entangled Teen
Released on March 26, 2019
An opposites attract high school romance with enough conflict and personal growth to make the story interesting without tipping into too much drama was just the thing. This author is known for her adorable teen romances and I get in the mood for these now and then when I’m feeling nostalgic.
Salsa dancing for the a klutzy brilliant girl with the most popular guy in school as her permanent dance partner nearly fries Lily’s brain cells. But, then an unlikely pairing on a dare becomes a friendship and something else. Too bad there is a big secret weighing between them…
I was a teen in the eighties and I didn’t have it bad so I can look back on most of it without too much cringing and shuddering. It was funny, but when they released, I thought teen movies were rather cheesy and preferred other movie genres until my thirties when I developed a taste for eighties teen movies and YA. I say all that because reading this one brought those old eighties teen movies to mind. Teenage troubles particularly with the twist of a parent’s death when younger and also a failing family business to give it the substance inside the the warm fuzzies.
Lily and Stone were both cuties and I liked the progression from wariness, attempts to hide insecurities, and a little hope to the solid friendship type of love that I find believable when it comes to teen romance stories. Their parents are also solid presence. Stone’s mother is the dance instructor full of warmth and support while Lily’s dad shut her out in grief over his wife’s death and now a health scare in Lily snaps him out of it and he has to fix the break he caused between them.
The story doesn’t try to do too much. It’s set against the world of high school and has the popular cheerleader ex who cheated on Stone and now wants him back as well as top school achievements in competition with Lily. There are the sects of friends who wonder what this pair are doing together. Teens looking at the future with some fear and a little hope. And, because of Stone’s dare to Lily to loosen up on only academics and give teen life a chance, it was interesting seeing a girl experiencing a teen social year as a senior- football games, homecoming, and more. While they are at it, Lily helps Stone let go of the desperate need to fit in and go with the flow while he makes her take a hard look at her desperation to live a ‘plan’ she thinks is her mother’s for her in an attempt to hold onto her mom.
But, that secret Stone is keeping added the tension to the story. It was like a grenade with the pin pulled out. The reader just knows that its going to blow up at the worst possible time. Yep, it was bad. I pitied both Stone and Lily and even the person who maliciously pulled the pin. But, I am relieved to say that it still didn’t dive into deep drama.
All in all, I found this adorable and the pair of teens engaging and worth rooting for. I can recommend these who want easy low-angst sweeter highschool romance with a nostalgic tone.
My thanks to Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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