Tuesday, 11 July 2017


I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has.

India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including Eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

But India’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. In fact, everyone’s life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever…

I have been sitting here wondering how I explain how good this book is without giving too much away.

It is no secret that I love Samantha Young’s writing; she just has this ability to put so much emotion and love into every single page of her books that you can’t help loving this woman.  She is also a very lovely person in real life.

I digress though:-

I am not a lover of YA books, but I love what Samantha Young writes so I decided to try something new from her and it floored me, literally, knocked me for six.

In life we go about thinking of how shocking the world can be but we don’t really realise how people are affected by things, unless it happens to you or someone you know, well in this book, I felt that Samantha got to grips with some of the issues that young adults are dealing with and brought them to the light in such a loving way. 

It made me think back to when I was at school and wonder if some of these issues that are in this book were just hidden from sight then and not talked about and how much our society thinks it has changed and moved with the times but shows that there are people who will never move on and stay in the dark ages.

This book is so full of emotion, the way it is written is so careful and heartfelt you can feel everything that is going on.

Our three main characters, India, Finn and Eloise are all drawn together through India’s mother getting married to Eloise’s father and in doing so opens up everything from shock to acceptance. It does take India a while to actually get close to her new Step Father and Step Sister.

It is not an easy ride for India and Eloise to get close but through time they do begin to form a great bond with each and even Finn at the beginning is a bit standoffish to India begins to melt towards her.

India is a character, she is guarded but she has some great one line moments that had me laughing but she is also suffering through some immense trust issues however, as time goes on her trust starts to come back.

Everyone has some secrets in their lives and these three have a few between them. 

I loved all of them, they are individual people but who all come together and fit like a glove.  There are ups and downs, tears and laughter and through it all you know these three are going to be strong and get through whatever is thrown their way

I would recommend this book to everyone you won’t be sorry



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Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET, Best Romance 2014 for BEFORE JAMAICA LANE, and Best Romance 2015 for HERO. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in thirty countries. Samantha's YA contemporary lit debut THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US releases from Harlequin Teen June 2017.