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Author: Staci Stallings
Published By: Spirit Light Publishing (2014)
Synopsis: Secrets. Alison Prescott has collected a boatload of them in her short lifetime. Moving to a new school in a new town was supposed to fix everything; however, when she meets a new set of friends, keeping those secrets might just ruin everything.
Chad Dourozette has the world by the tail as his crazy T-shirts proclaim every day, but Chad has deeply held secrets of his own. When Chad meets Alison whose life looks absolutely perfect from the outside, will he have the courage to try to win her heart, or will the secrets they both carry keep them apart forever? (Taken from Goodreads)
One word to describe this book: Wow!
I loved this book so much, and I normally don’t like romances—if that doesn’t tell you something about the book, I don’t know what will. It was such a sweet story and I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up. The characters are done so well that you can’t help but cheer for them as they navigate through life. From the first sentence, you know you’re going to love these characters, and you do.
There were very few characters and lots of time to get to know them and their distinct personalities. As for the main characters in the story, you get a glimspe of their life beforehand, and then watch as they slowly fall for one another. It was so sweet, and everything stayed clean, wholesome, and appropriate.
I loved the Christian themes and how the characters are such strong Christians. Besides the romance plot, I really liked the addition of the concept that both main characters have their own secrets they’re hiding and how they must learn that they don’t have to keep them cooped up inside of themselves. I liked the way the author wrote this book, changing perspectives while staying in 3rd person. That is a tricky thing to do, but I’d safely say the author did a great job.
It was a fun, sweet, and awesome read. However, some of the themes were definitely for an older audience so I’d have to recommend this for ages 13+.
Recommended to: Ages 13+.