Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Publication: July 7, 2020 by HarperTeen
Synopsis: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Alex Flinn comes a tale of taking a chance on love and letting your inner voice soar.
Jacaranda Abbott has always tried to keep her mouth shut. As a foster kid, she’s learned the hard way that the less she talks about her mother and why she’s in jail, the better. But when a video of Jacaranda singing goes viral, a mysterious benefactor offers her a life-changing opportunity—a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school to study musical theater. Eager to start over somewhere new, Jacaranda leaps at the chance. She pours her heart out in emails to the benefactor she’s never met.
Suddenly she’s swept up in a world of privilege where the competition is fierce and the talent is next level. As Jacaranda—Jackie to her new friends—tries to find her place, a charming boy from this world of wealth catches her eye. She begins to fall for him, but can he accept her for who she really is?
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)
I was really excited for this one, especially seeing as the cover is so gorgeous. It wasn’t quite what I expected, but it was still enjoyable. I couldn’t put it down, though there were some parts that felt odd to me.
The concept of this book was very interesting. I wasn’t aware that it was based on another novel until after I’d finished the book and was reading a few reviews, but I’ll definitely check Daddy Long Legs out.
I also really liked the way it was formatted. I don’t see many books written through letters or emails, and the few I have read – before this one – weren’t as amazing as I feel they could have been. This one, however, was written extremely well. It was a little confusing when it went from a typical chapter straight to emails, but it wasn’t too big of a deal to me.
Jacaranda was a little obnoxious, but I felt like it made her character more realistic and likable. She definitely didn’t act her age at times, but then again, several characters were the same. I didn’t feel much of a connection to any of them, but they were decently written.
The one thing I really didn’t care for was the ending. It felt a bit rushed. My initial reaction was that the small twist was ridiculous, but once you consider the dramatic nature Jackie had, it wasn’t nearly as bad. I do think the ending could’ve had a bit more detail added to it, though.
Overall, it was a really cute book, and the majority of the problems I have with it were minor. It felt more like a middle grade novel than a young adult novel at times, but I do think it was worth the read. I liked Flinn’s writing style, and I’ll definitely check more of her works out. If you like slightly cheesy romance, I’d say to give this one a try!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via Goodreads and am voluntarily leaving a review. This did not affect my opinions in any way.
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Meet the Author
Alexandra Flinn is an American writer of novels for young adults. To date, she has written twelve books and one original e-book, that have been published with another due in 2017. Her books have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller lists and have been translated into over twenty foreign languages.