Date Released: December 29, 2009
Pages: 308 Pages
The book tells the story of these four teenager, its divided in four parts for and told by the voices of each one of them, in the next order:
Jenna: Really low self-esteem.
Dakota: Stupid Jerk.
Skye: Spoiled Brat.
Owen: Loser with a laptop.
Rough first impressions right? Through the first chapter, this is all I could take from the characters, that’s who they were and how they lived, as the story progresses – like any good and complex character – there’s always more than meets the eye.
Skye did seem completely spoiled, she was gorgeous, rich, and teenage actress, but she was not happy, as you depend into the story, you sympathize with her, and you see she’s not really spoiled, just depressed and hurt. And you learn to love her.
Dakota is a total jerk, but he, too, has his reasons. Through his part of the story you see how he changes (and the hard way) and you see that he’s a good guy, and that people change.
Owen, Dakotas brother, seems like a loser and a wimpy kid, after years of being bullied by his own brother and being compared with him – whom is muscular and athletic – by his father, Owen simply, shuts down, and spends his time on his laptop, working on his blog, where he can be who he really is, and remain anonymous. In his part of the story you learn how to break free and that there’s a world outside, and you can’t live it if you’re always inside your shell.
And Jenna, who was my favorite, easy to relate too, in every aspect, from her shyness and her low self-esteem issues, to the moment she truly sees how beautiful she is and she learns to forgive, and with it, to find love.
Mackler delivered us a great work, where she showed us that people can change, the importance of forgiveness and that we are all different, In many ways, and that its ok. A flawless piece, the perfect ending, a few love stories, and characters that jump of the page.
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