I downloaded this book during an ebook sale quite a while ago and just now got around to reading it. I was not compensated for this review in any way.
Charlotte (Charli) Blake is a seventeen year old who grew up in a tiny town in Australia and has no other dreams beyond leaving it behind to travel the world. She just wants to get through French class with her nemesis teacher, Gabrielle Decarie. Everything changes when a new guy in town almost runs her over with his car.
Adam is everything every guy in town is not: cultured, handsome and kind. He sees more in Charli than her troublemaker ways. He’s also Miss Decarie’s cousin from America. The more they learn about each other, the more they feel like they were destined to meet. There are too many coincidences.
As their relationship progresses, secrets start unraveling at a quick pace. Adam’s secret that he’s rich is the least interesting one of the lot, and far less life changing than the others. Will Charli give up her travel dreams for love, or will her ‘flee-itis’ keep her from simply letting herself be happy?
As a rule, I find most YA these days to be predictable and overdone, but I really liked this one. I like how they convince us that Adam and Charli are actually in love, but it’s very realistic in that no one expects a seventeen year old to actually change her life for a guy, nor does she really want to.
I really recommend this book. The secrets that come out are not what you’d expect, I like when books surprise me. I also like that this is the first of a series that actually feels like it’s not a cash grab. A lot of books tie everything up pretty neatly and then you see that it has a sequel or a series and it feels pointless. The ending is left open enough that a sequel makes sense, and I might be purchasing it at some point.
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