Being a pretty girl is who Rosie is, but it’s the start of a new school year and she wants to be more. Namely, she’s determined to be better to her best friend, Maddie, who’s just back from a summer program abroad having totally blossomed into her own looks. Rosie isn’t thrilled when Maddie connects with a football player who Rosie was hooking up with—but if it makes her friend happy, she’s prepared to move on. Plus someone even more interesting has moved to town: Alex, who recently garnered public attention after he stopped a classmate from carrying out a shooting rampage at his old high school. Rosie is drawn to Alex in a way she’s never really experienced for a boy before—and she is surprised to discover that, unlike every other guy, he seems to see more to her than her beauty.
Then one night, in the midst of a devastating storm, Rosie suffers an assault that tears apart her life and friendship with Maddie. Forced to face uncomfortable truths about beauty, reputation, and what it really means to be a friend, Rosie realizes that change doesn’t always happen the way you want it to—every disaster has consequences. But with a lot of help and the right people around you, there might also be a way forward.
Wow. This book packs a super powerful message. I wasn’t completely in love at first but the raw writing and wonderful characters won me over.
This book carries a story that may not be appropriate for younger readers, so just because I say it is good doesn’t mean you should just read it. There’s quite a bit of cussing and an amount of sexual content.
Now to carry on I must say this book not only is a good read, but I think it can teach you. It’s got a lot of good stuff about accepting who you are. There’s tons of other good stuff but I would hate to spoil it all for you guys.
What really struck me was the women in this book. They’re all really badass and honestly make you wish you could be their best friends.
I also loved seeing the book through the eyes of a more popular, more boy crazy character than most main characters. I know there’s a lot of books this way but this one was pretty much my first. It was so cool.
All in all I really enjoyed this book.
I received the ARC free through Miss Print’s ARC Adoption. Thank you for the early chance to read this book!
CONTENT GUIDE –
Sexual – kissing, mentioned sex, sexual assault
Cussing – there’s quite a bit. F-bombs, sh**, *h*ll, the like
Violence – there is an assault
Drinking/drugs – drinking, mentioned drugs. Main character drinks quite a bit early on.