A Rock and a Hard Place (The Jamieson Collection #1)

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A Rock and a Hard Place (The Jamieson Collection #1)
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12+
Release Date
September 24, 2013
ISBN
978-0062272546
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In an instant, Libby's life went from picture-perfect to a nightmare. After surviving a terrible car accident, Libby is abandoned by her father and left with her controlling aunt. A new town, a new school, no friends—Libby is utterly alone. But then she meets Peter.

The lead singer in a rock band with his brothers, Peter hates that his parents overly manage his life. Constantly surrounded by family, Peter just wants to get away. And when he meets Libby, he's finally found the one person who just wants to be with him, not the rock star.

But while Peter battles his family's growing interference in both his music and personal life, Libby struggles with her aunt, who turns nastier each day. And even though Libby and Peter desperately want to be together, their drastically different lives threaten to keep them apart forever.

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Quick read
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What I liked: I liked how the book was very innocent and the romance between Libby and Peter was genuine and true. I loved how Peter's parents were so involved in his life, something we don't often see in YA books. I enjoyed how Peter was willing to sacrifice so much for Libby. I really enjoyed reading this book and read it one sitting. I wanted to find out how it ended and just could not put it down until I found out!

Honestly Libby's home life really got to me. I had a hard time reading about the abuse by her aunt and was angry that no one stepped up to really help her from her school. I realize that's probably how it really goes down in real life, but it was still very hard to read about.

What left me wanting more: The book felt a bit wishy washy. I felt like it skipped around a lot. Plus I felt like it was a bit "too perfect" at times and unrealistic. That's not necessarily a bad thing, however I felt like Libby's life was either perfect or just extremely hard.

All in all a quick read that is worth the time!
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Clean Swoony Romance
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What I Liked: I'm not gonna lie, I felt like I was reading about the Jonas Brothers in the beginning of this. (I happen to enjoy the JoBros, so this wasn't a bad thing.) The story was a bit cliche, however, Angie Stanton creates enough interest in the characters that I HAD to know what happened between Peter and Libby and finished this in about three hours.

We see quite a bit of Peter's parents, especially his Mom in this book which can be unusual even in a book about teenagers. Rock and a Hard Place has a balanced mix of drama, romance and swoon, but what I found really refreshing was that this is a clean read. No sex, no explicit language but still plenty of kissing.

What Left Me Wanting More: The feel of the dialogue seemed to swing from one extreme to the other. (I had to remind myself a few times that Peter and Libby were teenagers and not middle school or college age). The ending felt a bit abrupt too.

Final Verdict: Rock and a Hard Place is a swoony star-crossed love story that can be enjoyed by various ages.
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