Published - Expected release date: 22nd December 2015
Publisher - HMH
Format - Kindle
Synopsis - Can the best thing happen at the worst time? Her
dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little
sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed
seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient
love—is what she's about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones,
her best friend's brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever
pitch, Estelle Laure's soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping
until the very last page.
I was auto approved for this one and the arrival of the first illumicrate box (details to come!) inspired me to delve into it sooner rather than later. This almost never happens - i'm reviewing a book way before it actually needs to be done!
So let's get to it. There are quite a few reviews up on GR already and they seem to be from people who either loved it or hated it...which is always a sign for success in my opinion. I'm kind of in agreement too. It took me just a few hours to read because I was so drawn in but honestly? I'm not sure why.
The biggest thing that stood out for me was how strong Lucille is. The way that she takes charge and does whatever is necessary to take care of Wren was really emotional and inspiring to me. There are so many strong female characters in YA now but i'm honestly still happy whenever I come across one! It was also beautiful to see how many people came to her side to support and help Lucille and Wren. On the opposite end of the scale, there were a few things that stood out to me for the wrong reasons too.
Firstly, Eden. She is Lucille's best friend, ballerina and all time pain in my ass! Not at any point does Eden actually present herself as a friend to Lucille. Her quirks and personality honestly just grated on me and I felt actual relief whenever she wasn't around. Of course, I still felt bad towards the end but to me, Eden was toxic to Lucille and they were better off apart.
Secondly, Digby. Eden's twin brother and Lucille's love interest. I'm not going to lie, Digby has so much potential to be a massive book crush but I just don't understand him. It's made very clear at the beginning of the book that Digby is in a serious, long-term relationship. He's beautiful, charming and one of the only people to stand by Lucille in her serious hour of need and I can totally sense the tension and feelings between them. However it really pisses me off that no matter how many times Elaine is mentioned, it doesn't stop the two of them from acting on their feelings without her knowledge. I really hate that. Anyway...
It was an emotional book full of courage, bravery, strength and community and I think it's going to be a massive hit so make sure you keep an eye out for it over Christmas!