Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Cross My Heart

Title: Cross My Heart
Author: Katie Klein
Pages: 225
Profanity: PG
Mature Content: PG
Level: Middle/High School
Recommendation: Good Read

Review: Jaden McEntyre and Parker Whalen are a wrong fit from the start. Jaden is driven and focused, Harvard Med School within reach. Parker has a past—a reputation—and the rumors about his mysterious habits abound. So there’s no reason why, when they're assigned to work together on a project in English, they should discover they have anything in common, or even like each other, and they definitely shouldn't be falling in love. As they bond over Edith Wharton’s tragic novella, Ethan Frome, the “bad boy” vibe Parker plays begins to dissipate. Soon, Jaden finds herself shedding her own “good girl” image: sneaking around to be with him, confiding in him, and ultimately falling hard for this leather-wearing, motorcycle-driving loner who plays into the rebel stereotype. Still, Jaden can't shake the feeling that there's more to Parker than he's letting on. He's hiding something from her, and discovering the truth means reconciling the Parker she's grown to love with the person he really is. Because it's possible that his life inside the classroom—everything Jaden knows—is one, massive lie.

Review: Although parts of this book were very un-realistic (mostly near the end), I could connect with the charactes. The storyline does have a twist that is unexpected (see the above statement). This story takes me back to high school because I was able to connect with the main character. I enjoyed the characters as well as the situations they were put in. Just a reminder to me that one should never judge a book by it's cover . . . .in novels or in real life.

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