My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: August 20th, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Family Dynamics, Romance, Substance Abuse
This is a book that truly surprised me. First, Brandy Colbert completely improved upon her previous release—Finding Yvonne—a book I did not care to finish. I enjoyed Little & Lion from her, but this was twice as good and well developed. I dare say it’s a page turner from the start. Another reason why this book and author surprised me was Booker, Birdie’s love interest. The way he is presented in the beginning makes the reader think he is trouble. I mean, any guy who encourages a girl to sneak out of the house is a no-no for me. But then I got to know him better and saw how sweet he was to Birdie and began to like him quite a lot.
The third thing that surprised me was the big revelation, which I will not spoil for you of course. I did figure it out before the main character did but I was still pretty shocked when I put two and two together. But instead of coming out of the blue like some revelations do and making no sense whatsoever, it actually helped me figure out the puzzle that is Birdie’s family. Family is a very important theme in this story, one I loved to see being explored. I enjoyed reading about Aunt Carlene, who recently joined Birdie’s household, almost as must as I did about the heroine herself. Not only that but Aunt Carlene’s dark past helped clarify Birdie’s present and future funnily enough. I’m pretty pleased with how things turned out and curious to see if the author will give us another winner next.
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