Cover Love: Meh. Don't hate it, don't love it.
Why I Wanted to Read This:
I read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks quite awhile ago and really enjoyed it. I haven't read any of the Ruby Oliver books, but this synopsis caught my eye so I decided to give it a shot. Here it is from GoodReads:
A beautiful and distinguished family.Romance?: Yes, a little one.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
One thing that really impresses me about E. Lockhart is that even though she writes contemporary, she doesn't really stick with just one kind. This book has a little romance, but also a mystery and also has a lot about family. I like it when an author pushes their own comfort zone.
The writing. Oh, the writing. It just got under my skin and is so smooth that I was reading pages upon pages without looking at a clock. It just flowed so well. Yes, the story was intriguing and yes, I wanted to find out what happened to Cady, but I know that the style the author used is one reason I was caught so quickly.
This is a book that you can't review too thoroughly because you really wouldn't want to know, you really wouldn't. But, it's a twist I never saw coming and it's heart breaking.
One other note, when you read the author's acknowledgements at the end it's like a Who's Who of YA authors. This is quality stuff people--read and thought about by many authors I enjoy! How could it not be good?!
To Sum It Up: This is a quick, intriguing read. I am pretty sure you will enjoy it, so give it a try!
ARC won from a Shelf Awareness giveaway. Thanks!