Published on: May 3rd 2016
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?
But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past….
I have to admit, I wasn’t sure about this one when I requested it on Netgalley, but I thought I’d give it a shot. Turns out I probably should have gone with my first instinct.
I didn’t hate it, but it was just such a vanilla book (I hate using that phase because I LOVE vanilla, but it works, so I’m going with it!). It just felt like nothing happened, I couldn’t connect with the characters and then it just ended.
“She told my sisters I’m their aunt. Her little sister.“
Ivy was a character who I should have wanted to connect with. She basically spent her whole life being abandoned and not feeling good enough because she didn’t have a special talent like everyone else in her family. But I just found her a bit whiney. She had a great family and some really funny friends but she was just a bit drab for me.
“…the Milbourn women are all reckless and bound for bad ends.“
There is a slight attempt at some romance in the book, which is interrupted by an attempt at a love triangle (the whole best friend since kids and now in love with her thing) but that lasted about 1/2 a page and then the guy appeared at the end of the book and said sorry. The romance totally lacked any kind of chemistry or swooniness, and I just wasn’t feeling it.
Also I didn’t feel satisfied with the ending. Ivy had gone through a load of crap and everything just ends up ok-ish in the space of about 10 pages and then just ends. I know life isn’t perfect and I didn’t want everything to be tied up in perfect little bows, but I wanted more than I got.
“Erica doesn’t know me, but she’s managed to zero in on my greatest fear: that I’m not enough, will never be enough, for anyone to love.“
I have to repeat that it wasn’t a bad book, and after checking on Goodreads there are plenty of people who liked it. But for me it was wasn’t enough.
It was a nice easy read and was a good book to read on the bus, in the queue at Starbucks, on the toilet (yes, I totally read on the toilet!) and was very easy to nip in and out of, but it wasn’t by any means spectacular. It was nice and easy but that was about it. No big emotional moments, no big excitement.
“Everybody freaks out at some point. It’s how you patch yourself up that counts.”
I definitely should have stuck with my initial feeling, this book just wasn’t for me, I need more excitement in my reading and this book just didn’t have it.
I would recommend this book to fans of: YA contemporary, summer romances, books set at the beach