About the Book
But what if the three of you wind up assigned to a group photography project, where rumors are already circling about the new girl being ridiculous? You know she’s nice but very alone, so you convince your crush to help protect the new girl. Suddenly, working on the project makes hanging out, texting, talking—and even high school—seem fun and completely normal when it’s anything but normal.
*WHAT IF YOU KISS*
What if you kiss Ellen Foster and it’s perfect enough to make you believe in things you shouldn’t. You tell her secrets and share your dreams. You make the kinds of promises and create plans to be together that might be impossible to keep when you’re only sixteen and your parents control your entire future,
*WHAT IF YOU HURT HER...*
Can two trapped people help each other, or will they simply bring each other more heart ache?
Okay, so I really liked Almost and so I decided to read this one for this month's diversity challenge. I can't remember if I added it to my list before or after Lenore's recommendation video, but I originally bought both books in this series because she posted about a sale and I gave into her whims. I also got the audiobook for this around the same time.
I really like how the narrators work with both of Anne Eliot's books I've read thus far. Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross also did this series, and I really like how they play off each other. I also listened/read a bunch of books between the two, so I wasn't bothered that they were the same. Also, I actually didn't notice because they did such a great job separating the characters. I was planning on just reading the second book, because I own the kindle edition, but I've decided to hold off until I get paid again so I can just buy the audio and listen to it as well. They're so good and I've already fallen in love with the way they tell the story. Plus, I do what I want.
This needs to be said, and it's incredibly important. I freaking love Laura. She's crazy af, but she's fantastic. And amazing. And I wish she was my best friend... but I'm also glad she's not, because I'm a hermit and she seems like she'd require me to effort and wear pants.
One of the main characters in this story, Ellen, has cerebral palsy. She also lives in a smaller city, so everyone knows her because she's the town "charity case" and whatnot. Although she tries hard to prove she does quite well on her own, even at the expense of her health. Because she's a punk. Or stubborn, same thing. But it's also because of this that Cam, the school's quarter back, feels she's out of his league. Because she's pretty much awesome, and he knows it. And he's a bit intimated by her. But then Laura happens... and she turns everything upside down and inside out... and it causes Cam and Ellen to talk. And then ALL THE DRAMA happens. All of it.
So, there's feels and frustration in abundance. Also, this is a series and it doesn't exactly end on a cliffhanger, but it ends in a way in which my life is pretty much ruined until I get paid in a couple days so I can buy the blasted audiobook and finish the series. I am wallowing here.
Amusing tidbit... I had never heard of Ladyhawke before reading this book... and now I'm planning going through my parent's movie collection to see if they have it - else I'll have to rent it or something. Because now I want to watch it.
Anne Eliot is quickly becoming a favorite writer of mine. That's twice she's written something out of the ordinary, but did so in a way that didn't make me feel as if it was. I'm trying to find a way to express my thoughts on this into words that make sense. It doesn't feel like she's exploiting the subjects she's writing about. Instead, she's writing fully formed and strong characters that are incredibly relatable and fantastic. Oh, and also she totally is a nerd... and I have a thing for nerds. (My first crush, when I was 6 btw, was on Rick Moranis. And that was followed by Gene Wilder when I turned 13... so that should tell you something about my taste. Oh, and my husband is definitely a nerd.)
Enough rambling. Just... read this book. Because I said. It's great.