In Stores-- July 1, 2009
Delia Truesdale has no idea her life's about to change forever. She's too busy enjoying the California summer. Her internet tycoon mother, T.K. Truesdale, is out of town, and that means Delia can spend all her time at the beach, surfing. That is, until everything unravels.
Her mother suddenly goes missing, and everyone thinks she's dead - excpet Delia, who knows T.K.'s way too organized to simply disappear. But Delia's still sent to New York to live with her two aunts - a downtown bohemian and an uptown ice queen.
And in case that's not bad enough, she also has to deal with a snooty new school and trying not to fall for the wrong guy. Oh, and finding her mother.
As she delves deeper into the tangle of conspiracies and lies surrounding T.K.'s disappearance, Delia begins to suspect that the wrong guy may be the right guy...and that some secrets - especially the dangerous ones - were never meant to be unraveled.
Character Development: 6/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Total Score: 48/70
Cussing: Don't think so...
Drugs, Alcohol, etc.: Yes, but not where the main character is involved.
Sexual Content: None.
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Homicidal cardriver (though it wasn't frightening), and a mother's disappearance
The characters were pretty flat, many of the situations were hard to believe, and the romance was cliche, but despite all of this, the book was a very enjoyable read. You probably think I'm crazy; that was an utterly paradoxical statement. But it's pretty much true.
The writing is very simplistic and relatable. The stuff that goes on in Delia's mind reminds me of my own constant stream of thoughts. It is a completely realistic voice and easy to understand and side with. That aspect made the book a really fast read.
The one thing that was a big bummer was the ending. I'm hoping that there's a sequel because the end left me hanging off a cliff and scratching my head. It was completely anticlimactic, and seemed sort of out of no where. By the last page of the book, mostly everything was still unraveled.
Yes, the romance was stereotypical, and sometimes that’s annoying. In this case, for me, it was still enjoyable. Pick up this book when you want a cute, quick, easy read, but beware that it is somewhat unsatisfactory.