Book review: Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Under Rose-tainted skies

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall 

Published by Chicken House Books

Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother. For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths …

Review

To start with, this book comes in three different shades of pink, which I think is absolutely the cutest thing ever!

Under Rose-Tainted Skies focuses on protagonist Norah. She’s a very open and honest character, having no problem talking about her ‘problems’. Norah is agoraphobic, she doesn’t leave the house. She has major social anxieties. She has OCD. The strange thing about Norah for me was that she made fun of herself for the things she had going on. I guess it would be a coping mechanism for Norah.

When Luke, the new boy moves in next door Norah cannot help but to be intrigued. Luke is obviously a love interest in this story but that doesn’t mean that Norah is miraculously cured. Norah first isn’t sure how to tell Luke about the things that make her different. She thinks that he will judge her and not want to know anymore. Luke was really refreshing though because instead of doing those things, he did the opposite. Luke wanted to know more and to be educated. He wanted to help Norah in any way he could and most importantly, he was patient!

Now, this isn’t really a negative about the book but I guess there isn’t much of a plot. I mean, there is, but not in the way you’d expect. Under Rose-Tainted Skies is about Norah’s personal journey and that is the plot. There is no love triangle drama, no bitchiness of going to a high school (although this does kind of crop up). Louise Gornall makes this such an interesting book even though the protagonist barely leaves her house!

I really enjoyed Under Rose-Tainted Skies. It wasn’t what I was expecting but it was very fun but educational for me at the same time.

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

Book review: Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman

download (1)Olivia and her twin brother Aidan are heading alone back to Earth
following the virus that wiped out the rest of their crew, and their family, in its entirety.

Nathan is part of a community heading in the opposite direction.
But on their journey, Nathan’s ship is attacked and most of the community killed.
Only a few survive.

Their lives unexpectedly collided, Nathan and Olivia are instantly attracted to each other, deeply, head-over-heels – like nothing they have ever experienced.

But not everyone is pleased. Surrounded by rumours, deception, even murder, is it possible to live out a happy ever after . . . ?

Review

So, the first thing you need to know about this book is that it was inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello. I took a whole class on Shakespeare in university but somehow never read Othello so going into this book, I had no idea what to expect apart from the fact that it was set in space. Me and space books have never really got on well before but seeing as Chasing the Stars was by Malorie Blackman I was willing to give it a go.

Being set in space I thought this would be quite one dimensional and I couldn’t imagine that it would be exciting at all. Oh how wrong I was. To start with, Vee and her brother Aidan manage to rescue a load of people being attacked and end up with a whole host of colourful characters on their ship. The beginning of the book is really exciting and it had me hooked within a couple of pages. The there is so much drama from beginning to end. Strange ‘accidents’ keep happening on board the ship and no one is really sure what is going on and who is behind what is going on.

Something that I thought would bother me in this book was the romance. Vee and Nathan have this whole insta-love thing going for them and normally this is something I hate with a passion. Malorie Blackman made me not hate it at all. I think maybe I didn’t hate Vee and Nathan together because they both had so many questions about the other and they constantly questioned their feelings for one another. The ‘love’ wasn’t so solid and perfect from the off and that was a good thing for me.

Unfortunately, Chasing the Stars has a really disappointing ending. I felt like there was too much left up in the air. I wanted a concrete ending for Vee and Nathan and I didn’t get this at all. Vee was exactly where I would have expected her to be at the end of the story but Nathan, not so much. I was not expecting the ending so while it was good that it was a bit of a shock, I was left wanting more.

Chasing the Stars was published by Doubleday Children’s on 21 April 2016. I received a copy in exchange for a review. 

Blog Tour: Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier

image005Title: Jamaica Inn
Author: Daphne Du Maurier
Series: N/A
Acquired: Review
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Virago
Release date: 1st published 1935 – reissue 16th July 2015

In the bitter November wind, Mary Yellan crosses Bodmin Moor to Jamaica Inn. Her mother’s dying wish was that she take refuge there, with her Aunt Patience. But when Mary arrives, the warning of the coachman echoes in her mind: Jamaica Inn has a desolate power, and behind it’s crumbling walls Patience is a changed woman, cowering before her brooding, violent husband. When Mary discovers the inn’s dark secrets, the truth is more terrifying than anything she could possibly imagine, and she is forced to collude in her uncle’s murderous schemes. Against her will, she finds herself powerfully attracted to her uncle’s brother, a man she dares not trust.

Review

Before being offered books from this author for review I had never heard of Daphne Du Maurier before. However, her books are known as classics and they have recently been reissued for the young adult audience.

Du Maurier sets the scene perfectly in the opening line of Jamaica Inn ‘It was a cold grey day in late November.’ You know from the very first sentence that this is going to be a bleak kind of book, but not in a bad way. I think the opening makes the book seem eerie and sombre.

The plot, told in third person, follows Mary Yellen and how her life changes after the death of her mother, whose last dying wish was for Mary to go live with her aunt. Mary doesn’t know what to expect from her aunt and uncle when she moves to the Jamaica Inn to live with them. It has been many years since she has seen her Aunt Patience and she is not prepared for how much she has changed.

Jamaica Inn starts off quite slowly but Du Maurier does such a fantastic job with the characters in this book that I didn’t mind. Although they’re definitely not all likeable, you cannot help but want to know more about them. Mary has had to go from a pretty happy life to living in such an awful place, surrounded by awful people and she has to make the most of what she has…not that it’s much. This is a book full of mysterious characters with plenty of secrets and they keep you hooked.

Mary soon realises that the Jamaica Inn is a meeting place for all kinds of bad man who have something to do with her aunt’s husband. This is a book filled with murder, smuggling, theft, friendships and even a little bit of romance. Luckily, the romance aspect didn’t take anything away from the really exciting plot but instead added more to it. The romance really tied everything together well and it also made it possible to hope for a good ending for poor Mary who is put through a hell of a lot.

This was such a different read for me but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It really did have everything I could have asked for in a book without being over the top in any way. If you’re a fan of Gothic novels then this one is a must!

Young Adult review: Never, Always, Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Title: Never, Always, Sometimes
Author: Adi Alsaid
Series: N/A
Acquired: Review
Publisher: MIRA Ink
Release date: 13th August 2015

Never date your best friend. 
Always be original.
Sometimes rules are made to be broken. 

Best friends Dave and Julia have vowed to never do a long list of things because they don’t want to end up being high school clichés. Although they wrote the list a long time ago, Dave and Julia are now in their senior year and decide that doing the ‘nevers’ list could actually be really fun. But, being outside of their comfort zones forces them both to find out who they really are.

Review
I’m always on the look out for contemporary young adult novels as next to new adult novels, they’re my absolute favourites. I had never read anything by Adi Alsaid before although I had heard good things. 

Never, Always, Sometimes begins with a prologue explaining the ‘nevers’ list and how it came to be. In this first short paragraph you get a glimpse of who Dave and Julia are as people. You can quickly see that they’re a fun pair and I liked them both instantly. There was just something special about their friendship and I couldn’t wait to read more about them.  

The list of ‘nevers’ was written at the beginning of high school but the bulk of the story is set during Dave and Julia’s senior year. It’s clear that these two characters have been close for a very long time and they know each other very well. They know how one another works and they know exactly the kinds of things the other would like. Adi Alsaid writes really likable characters who you are able to relate to. They’re not the most popular in school, they have issues and hang ups but most of all, they’re funny. 

The list is pretty funny and I loved watching the two main characters work their way through the list. One of my favourites had to be ‘Never dye your hair a colour found in a rainbow.’ Quite a lot happens in this book as Dave and Julia have a fair few things to work through. While some things on the list are pretty silly, some are more serious such as ‘Never date your best friend.’ While the things on the list are all quite different, each has an impact on either Dave or Julia, whether it be good or bad so it was interesting to see how each ‘never’ affected the characters. 

The pacing was also pretty great. Although there is a lot happening, Alsaid doesn’t rush things. Some of the events occur slowly over a period of time, rather than being instant. There was a real mix going on in  Never, Always, Sometimes and I was hooked from page one. The writing is fresh and fun but it’s a story that many people can read and enjoy. This one really made me want to read something else by this author. 

YA review: The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

Title: The Heartbreakers
Author: Ali Novak
Series: The Heartbreaker Chronicles #1
Acquired: Review
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: 1st August 2015

Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.

Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favourite Disney movie in her ear. 


But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver – dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band – when her sister could be dying of cancer? 

Review
Stella, Drew and Cara are triplets and each year they have a competition to see who can get the best birthday present. Cara is obsessed with The Heartbreakers so Stella and Drew head off on a road trip where the band are doing a signing to get the perfect present. After standing in line for hours the band leave and Stella and Drew never got an autograph but a chance meeting in their hotels means spending more time with the band that Stella hates and she even tells them so!

The Heartbreakers is a really fun young adult read. Stella’s twin sister Cara is a massive fan of The Heartbreakers whereas Stella doesn’t like them one little bit. Still, she’s prepared to wait for hours in line for an autograph for her sister. Cara has cancer and undergoing some pretty serious treatment so Stella and brother Drew want to do something amazing for her. I absolutely loved the relationship between the triplets. All three are incredibly close and I really enjoyed seeing how far they would go for one another. 

Although Cara has cancer that isn’t really the main aspect of the story which was refreshing. There are plenty of other novels out with characters with life threatening illnesses which are quite depressing and dark in parts but that wasn’t what this one was like at all. Cara’s cancer is part of the driving force behind Stella’s actions and her interactions with The Heartbreakers. Cara herself was a great character. For someone with cancer she was upbeat most of the time, supportive of her sister and pretty funny as well. 

Stella was a wonderful protagonist. She’s fiery, outspoken and brave too. The relationship between Stella and Oliver (lead singer of The Heartbreakers) was so much fun. There is a lot of banter between the two characters, mainly due to Stella’s dislike of the band. As Stella and Oliver are around other band members quite a lot of the time when they are together they add something as well. Each band member has a distinct personality and I would love to read their stories as well. 

The Heartbreakers was a lot of fun and quite different to other books with similar ideas e.g. a band member and ‘regular’ girl. The characters made the plot more light hearted than it could have been and there was very little I disliked about it. The dialogue was a bit cheesy at times although I’d expected that so it wasn’t a big deal. As I said before, I’d love stories about the other band members as I did enjoy this one. 

YA review: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

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Title: Every Last Word
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Series: N/A
Acquired: Review
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release date: 16th June 2015

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to the Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

Review

Protagonist Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD, something I knew nothing about before reading this book. Sam has obsessive thoughts that she can’t get rid of and can’t control. They can cause her panic attacks by thinking she may act on these thoughts. None of this works well for Sam, especially in her group of popular friends. There is the need to be perfect all the time and the thought of not fitting in and being what other people expect scares Sam.

When Sam meets Caroline things begin to change. She’s introduced to Poet’s Corner, a place where she can speak out and not be judged, a place where she can be herself. Caroline brings out something completely different in Sam, whose regular friends are absolutely terrible. I really enjoyed seeing Sam and Caroline together as Sam became a different person, someone she actually liked instead of someone she questioned all of the time.

This book really shows how certain relationships can make a massive difference in a person’s life. Not only is Caroline someone good for Sam but also her therapist is too. This relationship was something very different for a young adult book but I loved how the therapist tried to get Sam to think of her OCD in different ways instead of it being a bad thing. She tries to get Sam to realise that her OCD isn’t the end of anything but instead she just needs to learn how to deal with it and to learn coping mechanisms instead of acting on initial thoughts.

Every Last Word is such an interesting book about probelms people have and not just teenager problems about boys and being popular. This book runs much deeper than that. The plot is great and there is a massive twist that I would have never seen coming. I really enjoyed this one.

 

YA review: All The Rage by Courtney Summers

Title: All The Rage
Author: Courtney Summers
Series: N/A
Acquired: Bought
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: 14th April 2015

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.

Review
It has been a while since I have read a Courtney Summers novel but this one instantly intrigued me when I found out about it, so much so that I had it on pre-order. My review for All The Rage is certainly not going to do the book or Courtney Summers’ talent justice though; I’m not even sure where to start. 

This is one of those books that has a title that fits perfectly. I really did feel all the rage while reading this one for many, many reasons. 

Protagonist Romy has been through a lot, not that anyone cares. She lives in a town where name and family mean everything and she comes from the wrong kind. Her father shamed her family and the name has since been dragged through the mud. Romy has no friends at school and instead she’s constantly tormented, picked on and made fun of. Some scenes in All The Rage really reminded me of ‘Carrie’ and how she is treat in that book. It’s not only the girls at school that act this way towards her but the boys as well. The boys are worse. 

Romy is a shell of a person, not really living and not really being. She constantly struggles with who she is, what she looks like and everything else around her. Romy cannot function without her perfect red lipstick and perfectly manicured red nails. If she doesn’t have that, she’s ‘that’ girl. The girl that the terrible thing happened to. The girl that no one believes. Romy’s camouflage makes her someone different and she needs that to get by. 

Courtney Summers sheds a new light on rape culture and one I have not seen before in a young adult novel. Her narrative puts Romy in a place where everything she once was has been taken away from her, a place where she is ashamed of who she is, what she is and who she could be. Romy’s character is utterly heartbreaking and I connected with her on so many levels. I have felt the way she did. I have felt ignored, invisible and silenced. I felt ashamed and disgusted. Summers’ writing could not have been any more spot on. 

This book is so much that it’s hard to put into words. The characters are raw and real, the dialogue gut-wrenching and the plot utterly heartbreaking. Still, there is also hope albeit a very small amount compared with other things in the novel. This book floored me and I was thinking about it for weeks after I finished it. 

YA review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Series: N/A
Acquired: Review (NetGalley)
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Corgi Children”s
Release date: 27th August 2015

Madeline has a very rare disease that prevents her from leaving her own home; not from fear but because she is allergic to everything. When the new family move in next door though her whole life changes. 

Everything about Olly fascinates Madeline. She’s desperate to know more about him but of all the things she’s never experienced before, love may just be the most exciting. 

Review
After reading all of my physical review books I headed to NetGalley to have a bit of a browse and came across this one. I took a bit of a chance with it but I really wanted to read something different. 

Everything, Everything follows Madeline who has a very rare disease which basically means she’s allergic to everything and is unable to leave her very protected house in case of infection. She still does pretty normal teenage things though. She has online classes, shops and goes online. Although Madeline has a very different life she’s pretty content with it. She loves her nurse Carla and really enjoys spending time with her mum. That’s one of the things I loved the most about Madeline. Never is she down about her condition but instead she just gets on with things and makes the most of what she has. 

When a new family move in next door though she’s instantly drawn to the mysterious looking teenage boy who stares up directly at her. Olly’s arrival makes Madeline question everything about life and what she thought she wanted. She becomes brave, secretive and most importantly, really begins being herself when they get to know each other online. With instant messenger type websites being such a big deal now I liked seeing how it was used in this book. I began talking to my now husband online so I could really relate with how Madeline and Olly got to know one another. 

One of the main themes in Everything, Everything is friendships. Madeline has a very close relationship with her nurse Carla and it was such a sweet thing to read about. Obviously not being able to leave the house means not having any friends her own age so Carla was the next best thing. Then there is also Madeline and her mother who are extremely close. It was nice to see a teenage character really enjoy spending time with her mum even if it was forced due to circumstances. 

The friendship between Madeline and Olly was fantastic. As I said before the getting to know each other online first was really good but it was when they were finally able to meet that things really got exciting for me. Nicola Yoon really captures what it’s like to feel something for someone else and how exciting a new relationship can be. There was the butterflies, there was the nervous should I hold their hand or not and there was the extremely cute, shy looks between one another. The writing really was superb. 

Something I have to mention that was one of my favourite things about this book is Madeline herself. Most young adult novels focus on Caucasian characters and there is very little diversity. Madeline is mixed race and to her, it’s a bit of a big deal that Olly is white. Not in a racist way but because the two people she actually knows are not white. It was so refreshing to read about a mixed race character even though it wasn’t made a big deal of in the novel. It was a nice change and I wish there were more in young adult and new adult novels. 

Everything, Everything is such a wonderful novel that made me remember what it was like to be a teenager. Nicola Yoon is an author I’ll be keeping an eye out for from now on. 

YA review: On The Fence by Kasie West

Title: On The Fence
Author: Kasie West
Series: N/A
Acquired: Bought
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release date: 31st July 2014

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.


To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Review
Protagonist Charlie has always been seen as one of the guys, mainly due to growing up around three older brothers who are crazy about sport, her dad and the boy next door who also happens to be her best friend. It’s only when Charlie is forced to find a part time job in a clothes boutique, and acknowledges the crush she has on her best friend, that she realises she may need to embrace the more feminine side of herself. 

On The Fence is a fun contemporary novel. Charlie was a great character and she was far from a ‘typical’ female protagonist for a young adult novel. She is really good friends with her brothers and also the boy next door and she’s quite happy being a tomboy. Charlie doesn’t have any girls as friends, she doesn’t wear skirts or dresses and she certainly doesn’t wear make-up so when her new jobs means changing her image, she’s out of her depth. I really enjoyed Charlie’s development in On The Fence. Kasie West doesn’t make it so girls ‘should’ be really feminine or wear make-up but instead she makes it so Charlie wants to try some new things that she hasn’t had the chance of before. 

What I liked the most about this book was the relationship Charlie had with her family, even if her brothers and dad were pretty clueless most of the time. Since her mother’s death it has just been the 5 of them and they are super close. Charlie spends so much time with her brothers like they’re her best friends and the relationship they all have is really fun. However, since Charlie is 16 I would have liked to see her brothers recognise that she is actually a girl sometimes and not just have treated her like another brother the whole way through the book. 

The romance aspect of this book was unfortunately a little lacking. The relationship between Charlie and boy next door Braden was very slow going. For the most part, Braden was like another brother to Charlie but also her best friend at the same time. They have these talks at the fence separating their gardens in the middle of the night and they know things about each other that no one else would. This part of their relationship I did really like but both characters were just a bit oblivious to what was really going on between them. Once things were a bit more out in the open, it still wasn’t straightforward because both Charlie and Braden were being idiots.

As I said earlier, this is a fun novel but the romance was lacking for me. I wanted a bit more in this department but I did like other aspects so it was a good read but not fantastic. 

YA review: Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips

Title: Faking Perfect
Author: Rebecca Phillips
Series: N/A
Acquired: Review
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release date: 30th June 2015 

When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High’s resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:

1. Avoid her at school.
2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.


Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler suddenly breaking the rules, Ben asking her out, and her dad back in the picture, how long will she be able to go on faking perfect?

Review
Faking Perfect is one of those books that I think will translate to a lot of teenagers for many reasons. 

Lexi Shaw has worked hard to be a part of the ‘popular’ group at high school and she intends to keep it that way. Her friends are, well, shallow as hell and they expect Lexi to dress and act in certain ways and she feels a bit bogged down by it all. She’s pretending to be someone she’s not every single day at school. This is the reason why I think this book will call out to many teenagers who feel peer pressure to fit in and be someone they’re not. It’s unfortunate that so many feel the need to ‘fit in’ and be what other people want them to be. 

Faking Perfect not only tackles the issue of peer pressure but other things that really do happen in high school such as teenage pregnancy, sex and drinking. These things are often missed out of young adult novels in case they come across wrong or give the wrong impression but Rebecca Phillips doesn’t cast these things in a positive light. She doesn’t cast them in a negative light either but instead they’re things that just are which is exactly how I think it should be done. 

As a character Lexi has a lot going on and as the protagonist I have to say I didn’t love her. I guess that was kind of the point though. I mean, how can you really like someone when you know they’re lying their way through life and pretending the whole time? Anyway, I did really like how Lexi dealt with everything that was thrown at her. She tried to be mature and take on everything possible but it didn’t really work out all that well for a while. 

The relationships in this book are what are really important. Lexi has had a crush on Ben for as long as she can remember but she’s been seeing Tyler behind everyone’s backs. Tyler is not part of the popular crowd so he’s Lexi’s dirty little secret and she wants it to stay that way. It was really interesting to see how Lexi was around both Ben and Tyler because she was like two completely different people and she only really let one person see her true self. 

Faking Perfect is a really good read that tackles so much but also manages to be humorous and intriguing at the same time. I really enjoyed this one.