With a former supermodel mother and a rock-and-roll legend father, Emma Preston has the best of everything. Nothing is as perfect as it seems though. After her parents divorce, she’s forced to live with her mother in a private Santa Monica community. Ignoring their parental roles, her mother becomes more focused on climbing the social ladder while her father is off on tour.
Growing up in a trailer park with his mother, Jesse is used to people looking down on him. When his mother begs him to submit an application for a scholarship to one of Santa Monica’s top private schools, he never expects to actually get it. When he does, he is forced to attend school with a bunch of rich kids. He ignores their stares as they judge him for having tattoos and a less than impressive car. As long as he has his surfboard and the guys at the tattoo shop, he knows he can make it through.
When Jesse shows up on the first day of school, Emma can’t help but be intrigued. Her mother would never approve of Emma talking to someone so poor, but she doesn’t care because something about Jesse draws her to him.
Jesse tries to hate Emma, but he discovers that he can’t resist her. Forced to hide their relationship from Emma’s mother and everyone else around them, things start to fall apart. When Jesse’s friend, Ally, decides to interfere, things go from bad to worse.
Can they survive their first love? Or will they be left with nothing more than shattered ties?
Book 1 of a 2 book series.
“Likewise. Where are you from?” Sean asked.
“Public. I’m a poor bastard.” I grinned as I watched both of their mouths hang open in shock. “Don’t act so surprised. I’m sure you knew already. I know what this whole school thinks of me.”
“Actually, I haven’t heard any poor bastard comments. I have heard a lot of the girls talking about you though,” Charles said.
“Same here, and we hear everything. No one even pays attention to us, so we hear all the good gossip,” Sean added.
“They can keep talking. I’m not interested in rich bitches.”
I heard someone suck in a deep breath behind me. I turned to see Emma standing behind me with a hurt look in her eyes.
“I’m assuming you heard that?” I asked.
“I came over to see if you wanted to sit with me and my friends, but I think I have my answer.” She turned and stomped off, leaving me to feel like an ass.
I wasn’t sure why I cared that I’d made her feel bad, but I did. I was out of my chair in a flash, hurrying after her, before I even realized what I was doing.
“Emma, wait!” I yelled as I caught up to her.
This was another great book from K.A. Robinson. I really enjoyed the story and I usually don’t really like YA. However, the characters didn’t really act like your typical annoying high school kids. There is a lot of depth and maturity to them which I appreciated. Emma showed maturity way beyond what I think I expected from a 17 year old.
Emma is a strong girl who has a snobby ass mother. I really despised that woman. She has grown up in a wealthy home where her mother has pretty much tried to teach her that money is everything. I literally wanted to scream at some of the crap that came out of her mouth but Emma thank god is nothing like her. She is kinds, and has a heart of gold and sees that her mother is not only crazy but refuses to give into it. I loved that about her. Even at her age she was not going to conform to something. I felt her dad was a big part in that. I was so “proud” of her at some moments in this book. I know that sounds dumb but it is the only way I can describe it. She is what I hope my daughter is like when she grows up. Strong, independent, able to make decisions and see past things that others often judge people by.
Jesse is the opposite. He is hard, he has lived a hard life and is being forced into a world he doesn’t feel he belongs in. Jesse has to attend a school with the people who literally think they are better than him. I felt so awful for him here, I get why he does it but ugh I would be completely unhappy. Well he meets Emma and you kind of have to laugh at the chances of it. They have a strange friendship in the beginning because you can tell they connect but both don’t really want to. Jesse more than Emma I felt most of the time. I just wanted them both to find a way from the beginning. Plus their banter and honesty towards each other is great!
“Are you scared of me?”
“Truthfully?” A little. I’m not scared of you, just of what I feel and do when I’m around you.”
“I can work with that,”
Their friendship takes on into a relationship but both have things that have to be dealt with. Jesse has to deal with a lot because of Emma’s mother and his feelings I felt were completely valid! Who hell wants to deal with that crap? The only thing I really didn’t like was their first time together. I wanted more of the emotions because for Emma to do that so soon after they stared really being together for me was difficult although it was realistic to girls. We don’t always make the best choices when it comes to boys..lol They go through a lot of ups and downs. There is a lot of times where I wanted to punch someone because again you are thinking they should do something but they are 17 years old so you know they aren’t going to.
Overall, for a book genre I really don’t read considering I couldn’t put it down and I am literally dying for book two I say Must Read. The characters are great, the story line moves along really well. There are funny parts and parts your heart will ache! I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next one!
About K.A Robinson
K.A. Robinson is from a small town in West Virginia. She still lives there today with her crazy two year old son and husband of four years.
When she isn’t writing, she loves to read and constantly has her nose buried in her Kindle, much to her husband’s annoyance. Her favorites are usually something about dystopian societies or hot rock stars with tattoos.
She can’t cook to save her life, and is a firm believer in frozen pizza. Her addictions include Diet Pepsi, Starbucks, and Cocoa Pebbles, as well as an addiction to all things tattooed.
Her debut novel, Torn, was released for Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook on January 25th, 2013, and was on Amazon’s Kindle Top 100 for a month.
Twisted, the second book of the Torn series, was released at the end of March 2013.
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