Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fourteen - C.M. Smith

Publisher:  The Writer’s Coffee Shop
Pages:  174
Source:  Won a copy from LibraryThing in exchange for a review
Genre:  YA/Adult Romance

Arianna Weller has never fit in with the other kids at her high school. The daughter of the only lawyer in town, she's overweight compared to everyone else. Being picked on and put down by her peers has become normal—expected.

When she has a bad run-in with Evan, the boy she's had a crush on for 4 years, she decides to bide her time until she’s out of high school and off to college where she can start over.

Evan Drake has never had to worry about not being popular. He's on the football team, has more friends than he knows what to do with, and he doesn't care about anyone that's not in his "circle." So when he is forced to work with Arianna for a science fair project, he decides that dealing with her is just an unfortunate circumstance… until he sees what he's done to her.

The road to forgiveness and acceptance is not smooth. Overcoming peer pressure, jealousy, miscommunications, and social prejudices is never easy—especially in high school. Evan and Arianna have to learn things the hard way and answer one important question. Is it worth it? 

My Thoughts
This was an awesome book.  Bullying comes in all forms.  Anna has been the butt of everyone’s jokes for as long as she could remember.  The thing is she has done nothing to warrant it except being larger than they think she should be.  Instead of retaliating she built a wall around herself.  I like to say that the wall protected her from hurt but it is obvious it didn’t.  As she and Evan become an item I was often exasperated with her responses to him.  Then it hit me that she really had no reason to trust anyone.  This is an inspiring book.  It showed how people can change if they truly want to.  It also showed how difficult change could be.  I absolutely love the way the book ended.  I really didn’t expect it, yet it seemed like that was the way it should have ended.  The characters in this book were spot on.  I was not a fan of the “f-bomb” being dropped throughout the book.  This was a personal point for me. It was not so terrible that it made the book a bad read.  I just didn’t feel it was a necessary addition to the work.  I would not hesitate to read more by this author.  It was very authentic.  I would definitely recommend this book.

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