Author: Jordanna Fraiberg
Publication: May 2, 2013
Olive Bell has spent
her entire life in the beautiful suburb of Vista Valley, with a
picture-perfect home, a loving family, and a seemingly perfect
boyfriend. But after a near-fatal car accident, she’s haunted by a
broken heart and a melody that she cannot place.
Then Olive meets
Nick. He’s dark, handsome, mysterious . . . and Olive feels connected
to him in a way she can’t explain. Is there such a thing as fate? The
two embark on a whirlwind romance—until Nick makes a troubling
Heartbroken, Olive pieces together what really
happened the night of her accident and arrives at a startling
revelation. Only by facing the truth can she uncover the mystery behind
the song and the power of what it means to love someone.
Thank you YABC and Razorbill for this ARC.
What I liked: The cover is the reason I wanted to read this. *grins* This was a unique coming of age story with an interesting plot twist. I was able to read it fairly quickly but not because it was full of rainbows and unicorns. The issues these characters deal with are more mature than the average teen romance but the lessons they learn are life changing. Olive figures out what real love is supposed to look like and how essential it is to be able to love yourself first. Nick was full of angsty, tortured swoon without being over the top and the ending was movie worthy.
What left me wanting: The pacing was a bit slow for me and I never really connected with Olive on a deep level.
Final verdict: Not your average summer romance but still worth the read! (Fans of Susane Colasanti and Sarah Dessen will want to check this out.)
Review also posted at YABC.