Author: Kaui Hart Hemmings
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: September 22, 2015
Genre: Contemporary/YA Lit
Lea Lane has lived in between all her life.
Part Hawaiian, part Mainlander. Perpetual new girl at school. Hanging in the shadow of her actress mother’s spotlight. And now: new resident of the prominent West family’s guest cottage.
Bracing herself for the embarrassment of being her classmates’ latest charity case, Lea is surprised when she starts becoming friends with Will and Whitney West instead—or in the case of gorgeous, unattainable Will, possibly even more than friends. And despite their differences, Whitney and Lea have a lot in common: both are navigating a tangled web of relationships, past disappointments and future hopes. As things heat up with Will, and her friendship with Whitney deepens, Lea has to decide how much she’s willing to change in order to fit into their world.
Lea Lane has lived in between all her life. But it isn’t until her junior year that she learns how to do it on her own terms.
This was a cute book about a friendship that develops between two girls, Lea Lane and Whitney West, after Lea and her mom move into the guest house at the West’s house. Always feeling in her semi-famous mom’s shadow, Lea just wants to have her own story and not be part of her mom’s.
I suppose you could say this is a coming-of-age story, however, there were several times where Lea was frustrating, mainly in her attitude with her single mom who is trying her best to give her daughter everything. It seems for most of the book that Lea does not appreciate anything her mom does for her, and instead resents her for all the little things. This was the biggest thing that annoyed me throughout and took away some of my enjoyment of the book.
Then there was her developing relationship with Whitney’s brother, Will—a boy who already has a girlfriend, but which fact Lea seems to ignore. I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone, so I won’t go into any detail, but let me just say that their story ticked me off for a good portion of the book.
Despite those draw backs for me, I did like this book. It was cute, summer read that I would most likely read again. Who know, I might even have a different opinion next time I read it.
Rating: 3/5 stars
I received an arc copy of this book through Penguin Random House’s First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.