Review: Heat of the Moment (Moment of Truth #1) by Lauren Barnholdt

Posted June 4, 2015 in review / 2 Comments

Review: Heat of the Moment (Moment of Truth #1) by Lauren BarnholdtHeat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt
Published by HarperCollins on May 12th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 304
Source: Edelweiss
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In the first book of Lauren Barnholdt's captivating The Moment of Truth series, Lyla discovers that trusting her head might be easy but trusting her heart is a whole other matter.
Lyla McAfee had all but forgotten the email that she wrote to herself freshman year and scheduled to be delivered right before graduation—the one promising that she'd learn to trust by the end of senior year. But when she receives it the first morning of her senior trip to Florida, her life is sent into a tailspin. Soon she's questioning her seemingly perfect relationship with her boyfriend, Derrick, her attraction to the school player, Beckett, and whether ending her friendship with Aven and Quinn, her former BFFs, was one of the biggest mistakes of her life.
Each book in this trilogy is told from the perspective of a different girl—Lyla, Aven, and Quinn—former best friends who, back in freshman year, wrote emails to their future selves about the one thing they hope to accomplish before they graduate. Over the course of the series, each girl will learn about life, love, and the truth about the fight that ended their perfect friendship.

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

This series is about three girls who sent their future self an email about what they wanted to accomplish before graduation. A few years later and no longer best friends with the others, this book is about Lyla, who received an email from her past self. Before graduation, I promise to…… learn to trust. Suddenly, she starts doubting herself, her relationship and everything around her.

I have a problem. I love this book, I honestly do. I loved the story, I loved the setting. But you know what I really truly hate? The main character, Lyla. She totally ruined the whole story, and if I could, I would go into the book and strangle her alive, because SERIOUSLY. She was super whiny and I swear she overthinks EVERYTHING. Plus, she is completely obsessed with sex. My GOD. *throws pillow at her* I really love the whole idea because this series, and trust me, I am going to read the other books too. It’s just the main character. She gets me SO frustrated throughout the whole book and I feel like she’s just too….. WHINY. I have this thing where I totally hate whiny characters. I mean, HONESTLY, even until the end, MC still does not admit that she was in the wrong too. GAH.

But you should read this book, nevertheless because the idea behind the whole series is quite cool. I mean, wouldn’t it be quite awesome if you received an email from your younger self about a promise that you totally forgot about? I would totally do that, except, well, I’m scared of the future, HAHA so it’s okay, I’ll just stick to reading about it. 😀

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