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Calmer Girls Featured
Young Adult Indie 765
Being Young
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0
Reviewed for YA Books Central

Young love makes one foolish.

The story:
Samantha is not the girl people are drawn to. Being quiet, studious, and artsy makes moving to a new town difficult. After her parents painful separation and her mothers subsequent issues, all Sam has is her sister Veronica. Veronica is the kind of person she wishes she could be. Carefree. Fun.
So when the boy Sam likes falls for her sister, she isn't surprised. But the match isn't one made in heaven. The sisters aren't the only people with an ocean of differences between them. As Sam and Ben grow closer, one thing becomes clear. She's in love with her sister's boyfriend.

What I liked:
Sam is a likable enough character. Despite her desperation, she's easy to root for. I truly wanted her to be happy. To get away from her family and have everything she wanted.
The writing is smooth and easy to keep turning pages.

What was just okay:
The story line was a bit ridiculous. The teens acted in extreme ways that we highly unbelievable and unstable. Love makes you do stupid things, but not THAT stupid of things. Ben had a lot of issues, but none of them excused his actions. Maybe if more time was spent delving into his depression, I wouldn't have disliked him so much. Sam deserved so much better. Frankly, so did Veronica.

Final Verdict:
A heartbreaking story about what it means to be young, in love, and a little bit broken. A well-written story that won't soon be forgotten.
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