Raise the Curtain
West Howell does his best to keep his head down and go unnoticed. It’s easier to be cut off than to try to explain to people why he’s so screwed up. After all, he can’t afford to get into any more trouble. When he’s recruited to tutor the hot, prissy girl from math, he never expects to fall in love with her. Or that she might be the one person who can relate to him.
Together, they may find a way to heal each other and get what they both desperately need, as long as Alexa’s father doesn’t decide that the one thing worse than his daughter’s love of the stage is her love for West.
Great Contemporary Romance
Alexa loves theater, but her dad thinks it's a waste of time and wants her to focus on more important things, like her grades. West has a troubled past that still haunts him today and his emotions force him into a state of social withdrawal. Put the two together and you're in for a whirlwind, especially since they're both so stubborn.
West, as expected, thinks he has Alexa all figured out when he's picked to tutor her in math. In his eyes, she's rich, preppy, and snotty, but there's a lot more to her than meets the eye. Alexa on the other hand knows nothing about West because he's so reclusive and can't decipher who he really is.
I enjoyed the building of West and Alexa's relationship and that it wasn't instant love. They have the typical teen struggles that allows you to grow closer to both West and Alexa because they're realistic. Their emotions are raw and can be felt through the pages.
Final Verdict: I recommend this book for fans of contemporary romance. It was an easy read that other fans of young adult romance will enjoy.