Sunday, April 1, 2012


This is the first time I have ever loved such an unlikeable character. Isabel is a really mean and snarky girl as you begin this book and the only thing that kept me from still reading about her was that she was a very funny mean girl. As the reader, you know she is unhappy and as the book unfolds her layers are revealed in a very interesting way. This was one of the most realistic portrayals of a broken girl I have ever read, but it is not depressing because, like I said, Isabel is hilarious.Also the romance element of this story is real and sweet.

Isabel is the girl who rules the school with an iron fist and a gang of minions who do her bidding. Her friends are scared of her, her teachers can't get through to her, and that's just the way she likes it. With her razor-sharp edges and tall walls, nothing gets to Isabel—and no one, but no one, is ever going to discover her dark, sad secrets. Then she meets Smith. And Isabel learns that sometimes when all the expectations and pressures are too much, you just need someone to help you get lost.

This takes place in the UK and it kind of fits the stereotype that I seem to have that kids there grow up faster (drinking, sex, drugs etc.) than they do in the US. Nothing overly explicit, but it is not a squeaky clean read.

Read more about it HERE.

1 comment:

  1. I've read one of Sarra Manning's adult books and really enjoyed it! I need to seek this one out I'm thinking.