Published by Speak on June 13th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
On one summer night, everything changed. Life in Samantha Reed's home is neat and clean and orderly―precisely planned by her local politician mother. Next door, at the Garrett's, things are loud, messy, and irresistible. And when gorgeous Jase Garrett climbs the trellis outside her bedroom and enters her life, she finds herself falling passionately in love with him and everything he brings with him. The only hitch is, she's got to hide it from her mother. Then something unthinkable happens, and Samantha is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
GAH SO CUTE. This is what I needed after reading about too many deaths in the fantasy genres. SIGH, finally a happy ending.
But anyway, yes, this book is SUPER cute, reminding me all over again why I actually love love love contemporary romance genres. This book was all kinds of amazing, and I hugged this book the moment I finished it. I don’t know how to write a review right now because all I wanna do is spazz and tell people to read it because oh my God, girls and guys, you need this book. You definitely need need this book.
The main female character Samantha Reed is so modest, innocent and just basically the girl next door type. I definitely love her since the first page because that’s who she was. She definitely shaped the whole story, focusing more on her life, rather than her romance. Her life is the perfect example of a messed-up rich family. And yet, Samantha is nothing like a spoiled rich brat. She actually worked her ass off to get her own money and I loved that the author portrayed her that way. Finally, a book that doesn’t have teen angst and drama. I love watching Samantha grow from always listening to her mother, to finally standing up for what she feels right. And that’s the part that I want to emphasize on. She doesn’t become the girl who finally learns to rebel, which usually includes teen angst. But instead, she stands up for what is right.
Instead, the issues like with Samantha’s mother. I thought I’ve read about enough messed-up parents, but woah, her mother takes messed-up to a whole new level. Throughout the whole book, the mother was both important and also not important. Like, she’s barely there in the story, but in the end, she’s basically the most important character in the book. It took me awhile to understand the mother, because I spent half the book hating her, for always not being there.
You know what I really love? The Garretts. They are what I would call the perfect family, despite them being loud and unruly and basically very very imperfect. I totally looked forward to reading about their hilarious scenes, because you can just feel the family love oozing out from this book. *sighs and hugs book* I want a family like that. AND GEORGE, THE CUTE LITTLE BROTHER. AND PATSY, THE BABY. Yep, where can I get myself the Garretts?
And the romance between Samantha and Jase. *squeals* It was really sweet and loving, but not at all cheesy. It’s the kind of relationship where one would tweet #relationshipgoals because honestly, they were basically the cutest couple I have ever read about, and like I said, no drama whatsoever.
ALSO, THERE IS A STORY ABOUT TIM AND ALICE AAAACK. I knew there was something between them. *smirks*