Hey all, Dani here.
I want to wish a very Happy Book Birthday to Brigid Kemmerer, for her newest release. This was a book I was lucky enough to get an e-galley for, so thank you to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for letting me read this book early. As always, this early access has no effect on my rating or review. My opinions are my own.
Okay, let’s jump into the review.
When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.
Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.
When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship…
This captivating, heartfelt novel asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?
Rating: 5 stars
So I’ll just start off by saying that I started this book last week while Damian was mowing our yard. I had fully expected to only read a chapter or two and then need to set the book down. What ended up happening was me devouring the first half of the book in just that first sitting. Actually, if it wasn’t for the fact that I was trying to go to bed at a somewhat responsible hour, I would have just stayed up super late and finished it all in one day.
I just got so hooked into the lives of both Rob and Maegan, and I needed to know what was going to happen with them. Oh, and in case you didn’t know, this book is sort of a modern take on the story of Robin Hood…which I didn’t realize at the time, but I know now and it should have been obvious to me with Rob Lachlan’s name, because it is fairly similar to Robin Locksley.
Also, this YA book has parents that are actually active and present in the story, and the lives of their teen children. That is sadly a rarity in YA, but I’ve started to see a few more books like this one, so hopefully the culture is shifting a little. My favorite adult figure in Rob’s life actually has to be the school librarian. He was seriously my favorite character in the whole story.
The character relationships in this book were so interesting to me, and it was probably the strongest element to this story. The characters and their relationships and the dynamics between them all helped to build the story up and move the plot forward.
I continue to be a big Brigid Kemmerer fan, whether it is her contemporary or fantasy books, and I look forward to reading a lot more of her books in the future.