Young Delight Review: Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris

Posted March 31, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews, Young Delight / 22 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Young Delight Review: Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris
Eyes on Me

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Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
Published by Entangled Teen
Released on March 26, 2019
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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2 years ago

The cover is so cute so it’s nice to hear it’s the same for the story

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

It was definitely adorable inside and out. 🙂

2 years ago

I was also a teen in the 80s, and I have been a sucker for those teen movies forever! I loved the way Angela could find a rom-com to explain any situation, and yeah, I loved Angela in general, and I hope she and Chase get a book.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Sam@WLABB

Those movies are great.
Ha! Yes, she was great. I wonder if she will do a companion book…

2 years ago

This sounds like a cute YA romance novel! I am not always in the mood for YA, but I like to read some YA books each year. That’s neat both have parents who are a solid presence too. I do wonder what Stone’s secret is, although they can also annoy me at times, as just like you say you just know the secret is going to come to light at the worst possible moment. That’s good to know it didn’t dive in to much deep drama tough. Great review!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lola

It was a cutie. His secret was shared with others and was meant to be a good thing, but yeah, I was waiting for it to come out. And, boy did it. I loved how this was centered around friendship and dance.

2 years ago

I like the 80’s vibe you mention in this one. Also, fun tune pick!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  vvb

Yes, that doubled the fun for me.
Thanks! 🙂

JoLee @ Wickedly Delicious Book Blog

Sometimes just need a cute teen book.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Agreed. It was adorable and left me in a great mood. 🙂

Debbie Haupt
2 years ago

what a cute cover I know some bloggers who will love this YA thanks for sharing

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Yes, it is a cutie cover and represents well the story inside in tone and appearance. Yeah, I think lots of people will like this one, but particularly the YA contemporary fans.

Angie Elle
2 years ago

OH, wow. You have me wanting to know what the secret is. LOL I love a good 80’s flick. 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

It’s not a deep dark one and, in the beginning, it was good for everyone involved and had good intentions. But… became a dead albatross around Stone’s neck the longer he kept the secret.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

I love 80’s teen movies! My favorite is Pretty in Pink! This sounds like such a great read! The salsa dancing, warm fuzzes, and depth of the story with the failing family farm make it sound like a book that I would enjoy. Great Review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Same here! That was the one that I’ve watched a dozen times over the years. 🙂
There were a lot of great warm fuzzies in this one.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I was a teen in the 80’s too, and I did love the teen movies like Sixteen Candles and Uncle Buck. Gotta love a romance between the popular guy and geeky, brainy girl, or vice versa. This sounds like fun and I like that it’s low-drama. I’m not a fan of a secret hanging over the story, one where you know when it comes out it’s going to explode. It stresses me out. Glad to hear the explosion didn’t last long. Wonderful review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Uncle Buck! I forgot about that one. Yes, that was a good one along with 16 Candles.

This was a cute one all around. The drama was painful, but not overblown or too long. Yeah, the secret did cause tension, but it was also a secret that fit with the story so I understood why it existed. That helped me deal with it.

2 years ago

It has been awhile since I read a teen romance. I used to love reading Swee Dreams and the like, ah the memories. Glad this was a good one.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

This one brought back a lot of memories for me, too. 🙂

herding cats
2 years ago

That does look cute. I don’t think I’d seen this one before. Yikes on the big blow up. You just want to yell at them when you see it coming like that. lol

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

Yeah, its been fun getting the Entangled Teen offerings now and then. I like their group of authors and the type of books their putting out.