I’ve read this lovely book twice, and it never gets old! The plot, family dynamic and the Christian themes provide just enough depth to tone down some of the annoying characters. (Characters that are actually necessary to the feel of this story.)
It’s senior year, and Whitney Richards is tired of the constant pressures to be perfect. When she gets a D in Calculus, her mother immediately hires a tutor, worried Whitney won’t get into the ‘right’ college—her alma mater—with imperfect grades. Her tutor, Taylor, is a quiet, mysterious boy who is unlike anyone Whitney has met before. But Taylor’s rougher upbringing has her mother and friends discouraging any type of relationship. Tired of having to play a part for everyone else, Whitney quits the cheerleading squad that once defined her social identity, and begins spending more time with Taylor. Her mom and friends worry Whitney is making a huge mistake, and even Taylor begins to show concern for some of her choices. But for the first time, Whitney is in the driver’s seat of her life. Will she be able to find her identity—and God’s plan for her life—before she throws everything away?
This book is a contemporary in that it’s very simple to read and understand but it’s not fluffy or “air-head-ish” like most of that category!
Whitney suffers from the consequences of her parents spoiling her just a bit too much-and getting a rude awakening when she meets Taylor. Immediately, that relationship is very interesting…..Their personalities and backgrounds being so different; not to mention she feels humiliated having to meet with a tutor. God uses him and many other circumstances to teach her about the shallow-ness of the circles she runs with. She realizes through painful conversations that everything she’s been striving for in the past several years has been meaningless and not near as important as her and her family always believed.
I LOVED this book both times I read it. It’s super quick, yet packs a punch!
As for some of my negative thoughts, I don’t appreciate how Whitney described appearances a few times….A tiny bit too descriptive for my taste. I’m not saying it wasn’t realistic, it just shouldn’t be portrayed in a book that’s read by younger girls. :-) But that’s honestly all.
Overall- I would recommend this book to any girl 12 and up, especially if you’re in the mood for a “palate cleanser” storyline!! ^_^
~By His Grace,
SOME INFO AND LINKS FOR THE AUTHOR, AMY CLIPSTON:
-Her Roadside Assistance Series-
Amy Clipston is a wife, mother, bestselling author, crazy cat lady, Disney fanatic, Marvel fan girl, kidney donor. (Bio from Instagram)
***She’s also written over 30 books, so be sure to check her other series’ out!!***