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This story was about a girl, Penny, who was having a rough time right before her winter break from school. Because of this, she decided that it would be best if she go on a little vacation over the holiday to New York with her parents and best friend. While there, she meets a boy, Noah, and they have this whirlwind romance. It turns out Noah is keeping a huge secret from her and as soon as she arrives home, it all goes to hell.
I think I’m going to leave it there because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. I could not put this book down. It was one of the most engaging and fastest reads I have read in awhile. I put this all down to the writer. Zoe Sugg is a great writer. I also want to add that I don’t give 5 star reviews on Goodreads very often, but this one I think deserves it.
Yes, this is a young adult novel. Yes, I’m 28 and still reading YA novels. I don’t care. It’s a genre I have always loved reading. I will not stop reading them probably ever.
Anyway, you’re probably wondering what parts I loved most about this book. Well, there were quite a lot but I won’t bore with everything.
I pretty much loved all the parts with Penny & Noah and all the parts with Penny & Elliot (her best friend). The part I liked the most with Penny and Noah was when she and her family spent Christmas with Noah and his family. Noah was so sweet and thoughtful. He got her this great present and made her a tent in the basement, just like she had when she was a child. And the part I liked most with Penny and Elliot was when they were at Choccywoccydoodah (this is a real place in Brighton, England. Look it up.) and saw some of Penny’s schoolmates. They went over and basically told them off for what they did (read the book and you will see why they were told off) and then poured their milkshakes on their heads. It was an epic scene!
The last bit I really, truly loved wasn’t even part of the story line. In fact, it was a tiny blurb on the front page. *It reads, “I have this dream that, secretly, all teenage girls feel exactly like me. And maybe one day, when we realize that we all feel the same, we can all stop pretending we’re something we’re not. That would be awesome. But until that day, I’m going to keep it real on this blog and keep it unreal in “real” life.” This quote is so true and I wish the same now in hindsight. As a teenager, I thought I had to wear the coolest clothes, act a certain way, or wear makeup just to fit in. As an adult, I see that it never really mattered. It still doesn’t matter. This quote runs so true even now. As women, and men, we need to stop tearing each other down and start building each other up.
Okay, okay! My rant is over. And so is this review. Like I said, I really enjoyed this book and I hope you do to. And if you have already happened to have read it, I would love to hear your thoughts about it in the comments. I really love hearing from you guys.
Thanks for reading!
*I wanted to give credit where credit is due. I included this quote from the book because it really hit me and I think it’s something we should all think about. So, I just want to thank you Zoe for including it in the book.