Featured Review: The C Word (Michelle MacQueen/Ann Maree Craven)
About This Book:
Secrets have a way of getting out.
And I, Addison Parker, am the queen of secrets.
Really, I’m the queen of the entire school, but that’s one label I never wanted.
After an injury leaves me benched from cheerleading, it’s a relief.
I can spend time with my two best friends: yoga pants and books.
That’s secret number one.
Secret number two? Well, I’d have to kill you if I told you.
The only person I want to tell is Bookboy, my anonymous online friend. In my head, he’s perfect, a dashing prince straight out of one of my romance novels.
Whoever he is, he’s not the one person I can’t even look at. Because Julian Callahan is definitely not a prince.
But maybe a prince isn’t the answer because my life has never been a fairytale.
I have a secret.
Really, I have a few.
I am not my twin. Okay, that’s more fact than secret. My brother is dead, and I don’t miss him. That juicy enough? I think I’m supposed to wish he were here, but he did something terrible that night.
I’m writing a romance novel. Love is kind of cool, sue me. But that’s not the secret. That’s about a girl I’ve known for years, and I’ve never been able to stop thinking about her.
I also have this new online friend. LitGirl makes me smile a lot these days. And yet… she’s not the one I want. At least, I don’t think she is.
How do I choose between the only girl who knows me, the one leaving her hilarious comments in the margins of my book, and the girl I’ve loved my entire life?
One is anonymous. The other, only a dream.
But these secrets… they just might hurt us all.
*Review Contributed By Caitlin Haynes Staff Reviewer*
This story was a lot more emotional, in my opinion. Both characters are “broody,” and there is a lot of internal dark thoughts. While I’ve personally struggled with what the other characters face in this series, I haven’t ever had Addison’s experience. I think that’s why it hit me a little harder than most of the others. It’s an awful situation that I can only imagine. After two other books, I’m attached to these characters, and I don’t like to see my precious babies hurting. The sensitive subject was very well handled, though.
Julian was the more relatable one for me in this book. I’ve loved the “loner” since book one, and it was great being able to finally get inside his head. There were so many times, especially when he was thinking or talking about writing, that I thought, “Oh my gosh, is that me?” It was great! I loved seeing him grow as a character, both of them for that matter. And, of course, I got more of my precious Becks, who I somehow love even more now. I didn’t think that was possible.
This series was so so good (understatement)! I’m sad it’s over, but each book ended well. It’s definitely a re-read in the future/buy all the physical copies series. The characters were all written in a realistic, relatable way that really puts the reader into the story. I cannot wait for Becks book this fall!! I will absolutely continue reading both authors. If you like sweet contemporaries that deal with real issues, definitely check out these books.
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- Well written and relatable
- Emotional and heartfelt
- Wonderful characters
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