Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (February 15, 2011)
Source: ARC from HarperTeen for review
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Author's Website: http://sarabennettwealer.com/
Buy the book: Amazon
I don't like Kathryn Pease. I could pretend everything's fine between us. I could be nice to her face, then trash her behind her back. But I think it's better to be honest. I don't like Kathryn, and I'm not afraid to admit it.
I saw a commercial where singers used their voices to shatter glass, but the whole thing is pretty much a myth. The human voice isn't that strong.
Human hatred is. Anybody who doubts that should feel the hate waves coming off of Brooke Dempsey. But I don't shatter; I'm not made of glass. Anyway, the parts that break aren't on the outside.
Brooke and Kathryn used to be best friends . . . until the night when Brooke ruthlessly turned on Kathryn in front of everyone. Suddenly Kathryn was an outcast and Brooke was Queen B. Now, as they prepare to face off one last time, each girl must come to terms with the fact that the person she hates most might just be the best friend she ever had.
Ok, I know this sounds bad, but I didn't really expect to like this book all that much. I'm not really into music (at least not the kind of music Kathryn and Brooke are into) so I thought I would get totally lost in all the music talk. But I was so wrong!
This book took me on such an emotional roller coaster ride! It alternated (each chapter) from Kathryn's point of view to Brooke's. I love this type of writing. I feel like you get a much better idea of who the characters are when they are described by themselves, and then by someone else as well. About the girls....at first I hated Brooke, and I liked Kathryn. Then I didn't like Kathryn and I started liking Brooke. Then I realized that I hated them both. And I realized I loved them both. I felt like I was nothing like Kathryn or Brooke and that I couldn't relate to them at all. Then I felt like I was EXACTLY like Kathryn and Brooke and could relate to them completely! I was angry with them and angry at them. I cheered for them and crossed my fingers for them. All this just goes to show how emotional invested I was in these characters. A sure sign of a fantastic story!
It's funny because there isn't that much in the way of romance in this book (there is a little) but I almost had the same emotions that I have in a romance. The miscommunications, misunderstandings, jealousy, spitefulness, pride, desire (although it's desire for friendship) were all there. I've never felt this way about a book about friends before. I got so frustrated by the way that they treated each other, and let each other down. I just wanted them to see how much they meant to each other, and how good they could be together if they would only stop being so prideful, insecure, and jealous.
Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down! The only thing I didn't care for was the profanity (which contemporary YA seems to not be able to live without). Mostly I just devoured it and loved it!
If you love music, you will undoubtedly adore this book. If you don't, trust me....you will love it anyway.
Come back tomorrow for an interview with Sarah, and a giveaway of the book!
- Sexual Content: Minor
- Profanity: Heavy
- Violence: Mild
- Other Notables: Lots of partying and underage drinking
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