Still conflicted over falling for her best friend Tanner and losing her first love Braden, Amanda finds herself lost in anxiety and reeling from the aftermath of decisions clouded by drugs and alcohol. As she struggles with adulthood, she successfully hides her double life from those who think they know her best—including herself.
When history collides with her present, her wary heart must make another choice. Will she finally come clean or bury her past?
Can Amanda find the path to redemption while concealing the devil inside of her?
This book has many of the same positives going for it as its predecessor, A Girl Like You. The author’s writing voice is smooth. The story’s pacing is even. It’s obviously been professionally edited. Further, the descriptions of Amanda’s time in rehab (or “summer camp”, as she calls it) are endlessly fascinating, and seem authentic. I would imagine the author has done a good job researching the topic, which I totally appreciate.
All that earns this book 4 stars. And if you’ve read any of the other reviews on the site, you know that 4 stars is a pretty damned spectacular rating. But…I had to deduct one star for the same thing that dinged A Girl Like You: the heroine Amanda.
Young Amanda is flighty, and her addictive personality makes her cling almost desperately to the men in her life (and there are many, many, men in her life). That neediness, that desperation, makes her hard to relate to and even harder to like. But, that’s young Amanda. The Amanda that sacked-up and checked herself into rehab? I like that Amanda, which is what keeps me reading the series.
I guess while I’m nit-picking, I’ll point out that I fail to see why everyone (meaning all the men in her life) are so in love with Amanda. Everyone seems to want her, and I don’t get why. Tanner, Shawn, Braden, Max, all the “bench” players...they can all do better. Why aren’t they even trying? It doesn’t make sense to me.
But, like I said, overall, this is a well-written series that I highly recommend to anyone who likes an “outside the box” read. I look forward to getting to know adult Amanda a little better.
Full disclosure: I was offered an ARC in exchange for an impartial review, but I didn’t take it. I downloaded via Kindle Unlimited instead.
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