Synopsis: At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents’ unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa’s ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school’s ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is—or does she?
Review: With this book, you have a nice plot, good characters, and an element that pulls your reader in. It was definitely a cute read and was very useful in killing some time in the car. On one hand, I was more than happy to keep reading pages, but on the other hand, there were times that I didn't really like it. The pacing was just right, except for some parts that dragged.
With a book, you have the good and bad side. The bad side wasn't necessarily huge, but some parts stood out to me. Marissa and all the other characters were made to be teenagers, and it definitely showed. However, some of the writing got on my nerves with terms such as "whatev" and parts like this:
Andrea's all, "Forget it."
Sterling's like,"Could it be any hotter?"
Maybe it was just me. I could understand that most teenagers speak like that when explaining stuff to their friends, but reading about it just got on my nerves. Again, maybe it's just the annoyingness inside of me.
There was something I didn't quite understand. I think I'm slow, but I didn't really get the idea of how Derek finally dated Marisa. I don't know, but I just feel like the author could have shown that a bit more.
Enough of my whining, here's the better aspect of the book: the characters seemed very realistic, which was something I liked. The writing flowed very naturally most of the time despite my complaints. I recommend this book to people who like books about young romance and discovering yourself.
What I thought of:
The Beginning: It didn't hook me in like I thought it would, but with patience, it eventually did.
The Middle: It seemed a little draggy, but I still liked it
The End: Love Nash and Marisa! The ending was just nearly perfect for the book in my opinion! :)
FTC: I bought a copy a while ago, but before I started, I ended up giving it to a friend. So I checked this puppy from the library.