Publisher: Harlequin Teen/ Mira Ink
Pages/File Size: 288pages/1348KB
Formats Available: Paperback, E-Book
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Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around...
...but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all...the almost-girlfriend.
When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.
I received a paperback copy of this book from Mira Ink in exchange for my honest review. I had requested it on Netgalley also and was declined for an e-copy so I am pleased I had the paperback!
So, the cover goes really well with the other book in the series. I like it when all the covers have a similar theme. I love the font styles, placement and styles on the cover. I also love the byline "If you're not true to yourself, why should anyone else be?"
In this book Rose is a little older and entering her sophomore year but is she any wiser? Well rose seems to think so. this year she has a plan, she is Rose mark 2. Rose mark 2 is a more confident version of the old Rose. This year Rose is going to stay away from any trouble or controversy, she is determined not to be the one to come to the rescue or be called to Principal Chen's office to be pumped/interrogated for information on the other students anymore. Rose is also going to try something new, she's going to be a singer, and another thing, she isn't going to be at the beck and call of Jamie Forta anymore!
So Summer break is over and Rose hasn't seen Jamie, nor has he returned any of her calls or texts, but there's nothing she can do about that so she's just going to carry on and be Rose mark 2.0, who doesn't care about Jamie, or think about him all the time.
Traci, Rose's best friend has talked her into going to a party at one of the swim team houses. All looks the same as usual, girls posing, guys drinking and eyeing up the posing girls. then the swim thugs start hazing Conrad. It starts with calling the guy names, homophobic names that get worse and worse. The hazing goes on becoming more physical as well as the chants and shouting, to the point it looks like Conrad is going to drown. Rose has a dilemma, the old Rose would call the cops or...or do something Seeing Rose is a "new" person she decides to reach over and try to drag Conrad out of the pool. Of course she can't quite reach and as she leans out further and further one of the swim guys thinks its hilarious to push her in too! It sets off a whole chain of events where Rose has to decide whether to once again speak up or keep her mouth shut very something she knows is totally wrong. Of course whilst this is going on there's drama over her website (her mum doesn't like it), her brother has been taking drugs (maybe his way of coping with his dad's death?), she's still in therapy with her mum, her mum decides to date, and the list goes on and on . . . . oh yeah and there's the ever indecisive Jamie Forta too.
This book is even better than the first. It's so well written, flows really well, medium paced and is so realistic, it's brilliant.
So did I enjoy the book? I really did, I definitely didn't want to put the book down, I just felt like reading another chapter, then another,....then just one more etc. Would I recommend the book? Yes, though the book is set in an American school, it could easily be tweaked and set in a school in England. All schools have the "it" girls, the sporty guys, the nerdy geeky people, the bullies etc. Would I read a Book 3? Yes, Please. I need to know more about what happens with Rose's family and of course her on off relationship with Jamie Forta, there's so much more to happen to Rose. I think I'd secretly like her to date Angelo! Would I read other books by Louise Rozett? I definitely would, I love the pace, style and tone of her writing.