Friday, July 15, 2011


Released July 12th, 2011
320 Pages
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

 This book runs along the same lines as last year’s Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott and Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti.

This book addresses the question “Is it ever OK to fall in love with your BFF’s man?”

Hannah spends the first week of summer vacation drowning her sorrows in Ice Cream and Friday Night Lights DVD’s after finding her boyfriend of five months, Sebastian, in a serious lip lock with a sophomore who “Does it Better” (you have to read the book…haha).

Ava, who is Hannah’s BFF, has taken a camp counselor position in Maine, leaving Hannah to wallow alone for the rest of the summer.  Ava sends Noah, her boyfriend, to check on Hannah, you know…making sure she isn’t swallowing every pill in the bottle. 

Noah pushes her into taking a waitressing job at the diner where he works as the cook and it turns out to be the best thing she could have done.  But suddenly Sebastian isn’t the one giving her butterflies and Hannah can’t understand why Noah keeps going hot and cold with their friendship.

The book flips between the summer and the first day of Senior Year, which is also the first day that Hannah will be seeing Ava, after a whole summer apart, Noah, after the night that changed EVERYTHING, and Sebastian, who wants Hannah back. 

You will have to read the book to find out what happens between Hannah and Noah, Ava and Hannah, Ava and Noah or Hannah and Sebastian.

I really liked Lauren’s take on the subject.  I’m not one who loves when authors portray the Best Friend of the heroine as a huge Bitch, just so that they can justify the boyfriend choosing the heroine.  Sometimes the person you are with may not be the best person for you.  There may be someone who you have more in common with or share similar interests.  Or as in the words of Riker “Sometimes It Happens”.

Don’t forget to check out other books by Lauren Barnholdt:

Two Way Street, One Night That Changes Everything and Watch Me

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