Read: May 2017
Amy (a.k.a. Bird) seems to have the perfect life: loving parents, a hot boyfriend, the best friend ever. She even writes an online advice column, full of Top Tips, to help other teens take control of their lives. But after a new guy shows up at school, Bird can’t seem to follow her own wisdom.
Pete is the consummate bad boy. He’s everything Bird is not: wild, unambitious and more than a little dangerous. Although she knows he’s trouble, Bird can’t stay away. And the more drawn she is to Pete, the more cracks are revealed in her relationship with Griffin, her doting boyfriend. Meanwhile, her parents’ marriage is also fracturing, possibly for good.
Bird is way out of her comfort zone. All it takes is one mistake, one momentary loss of control, for her entire future to be blown away . . .
When I was going through the unread books on my Canadian bookcase (what, you don’t have one of those?) I was drawn to the cover of Alice Kuipers book – it’s one of those covers that just makes you have to read a book because it’s so gorgeous! I did really enjoy reading the book, too, and felt that her writing was very engaging even if the story could have been a bit longer for me.
I really liked Bird’s character, even if I didn’t really like a lot of the choices she made. I felt like a lot of the drama in this book happened so quickly and decisions were made without thought and were almost uncharacteristic of Bird. It’s very much a teenage drama book, one that I had a hard time connecting with as an adult. Actually, while I couldn’t connect with parts of the story, I felt empathy towards Bird, especially when it came to her relationship with her parents. They drove me a bit crazy with their own drama and I wondered who was the teenager at times.
However, while I felt that a lot of the story was predictable and maybe too young for me, I really enjoyed reading it and thought that Alice Kuipers wrote in a way that just pulled me in, wanting more. It was a really fast read and it really is such a pretty book for the bookcase. I do look forward to reading more of her titles, too!