Book Review: Cross My Heart by Katie Klein
First sentence: "Never underestimate the power of glitter."
From Amazon.com: "True love can blossom in unexpected places. This is Jaden pretending not to notice. . . .
Jaden McEntyre and Parker Whalen are a wrong fit from the start. Jaden is driven and focused, Harvard Med School within reach. Parker has a past—a reputation—and the rumors about his mysterious habits abound. So there’s no reason why, when they're assigned to work together on a project in English, they should discover they have anything in common, or even like each other, and they definitely shouldn't be falling in love.
As they bond over Edith Wharton’s tragic novella, Ethan Frome, the “bad boy” vibe Parker plays begins to dissipate. Soon, Jaden finds herself shedding her own “good girl” image: sneaking around to be with him, confiding in him, and ultimately falling hard for this leather-wearing, motorcycle-driving loner who plays into the rebel stereotype.
Still, Jaden can't shake the feeling that there's more to Parker than he's letting on. He's hiding something from her, and discovering the truth means reconciling the Parker she's grown to love with the person he really is. Because it's possible that his life inside the classroom—everything Jaden knows—is one, massive lie.
CROSS MY HEART, told from Jaden's point of view, is a 76k-word/300-page contemporary romance for young adults. Bonus features include the official playlist and an interview with the author.
* In addition to spending more than 100 days on the Amazon Teen Top 100 Bestseller List, CROSS MY HEART is also a 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best YA Fiction."
My take: I really enjoyed this read. Who says just because a book isn't published in the traditional sense that it isn't quality stuff? I enjoyed this book very much and there is something that happens toward the end that makes you go "Wow! I didn't see that coming." Sure some of the book was predictable, as many teen romance novels can be. But that does not detract from the fact that it is still a wonderful read. Jaden was a very likeable girl and a big difference between this book and a lot of other YA books is the fact that Jaden comes from a close knit family. A mom, dad, two brothers and a soon-to-be sister in law and nephew. They live in a big old drafty house. Get yourself a copy and read it today. You won't be disappointed. Click here to visit Katie Klein's page to see what's coming!
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Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 415 KB
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
My rating: A