What brilliant debut book. I was gripped by the lives of these school friends (and enemies) from the first moment and carried along on Alice's journey of self-enlightenment.
There is a wonderful slow-burn romance, unexpected allies and changing dynamics as alliances shift.
The way this group of teenagers survive the trials of high school (and one another) is such a realistic portrayal of the issues faced. I love how loyalties are formed and tested along the way.
It's also a lesson in not judging a book by its cover - as far as people go, you can absolutely judge the entertainment of the story by this cute cover. Teddy is a bit of a lost soul but a deep thinker and feeler who is a perfect match for Alice.
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