India Maxwell hasn't just moved across the country—she's plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder.
It's taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she's living in one of Boston's wealthiest neighbourhoods with her mom's fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister's clique of friends, including Eloise's gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend, Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.
But India's not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school's golden couple, aren't all they seem to be. In fact, everyone's life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what's left are truths that are brutal, beautiful and big enough to change them forever.
Synopsis from Chapters.Indigo.ca
I saw this in the bookstore and was completely captured by the title – a very basic thing, but it grabbed my attention, so it’s clearly done a good job. I was excited to read it because I the synopsis sounded great, but I ended up on the fence about it by the end of the book. The majority of the book was great, but I felt the ending was way too rushed which somewhat tainted it for me.
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There were small things I just didn’t understand about this book (the characters being so uber-wealthy seemed very gimmicky) but overall I liked it. I understand that this was Young’s first time writing a YA novel so I think some of the problems in this book are just growing pains when going from writing Romance to YA. I do hope that we get a sequel (a nice novella would be appreciated) that give us a bit more of a conclusion to this book so that we can feel like we’re leaving the characters at a good point in their lives. Keeping my fingers crossed!
FINAL RATING: 4/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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