by Lisa Schroeder
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Published by: Scholastic July 29, 2014
Genres: Romance, YA
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: 4 Stars
NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Lauren has a secret. Colby has a problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into place.
Lauren is the new girl in town with a dark secret. Colby is the football hero with a dream of something more. In alternating chapters, they come together, fall apart, and build something stronger than either of them thought possible--something to truly believe in.
This was a sweet, charming high school romance. It's clean and fresh. While it would be easy to write Colby as the typical football player that wants to quit but whose father is pushing him to play college ball, the author goes way beyond that. Colby is a sensitive, loyal friend to both Lauren and his best friend from childhood, Benny. He's understanding of Lauren's need to take their relationship slow. This makes the book more realistic than most who rush through relationships quickly. The love builds over time, naturally.
Lauren is staying with her Aunt and Uncle after escaping an incident back home. I liked that it wasn't a typical issue, where the protagonist leaves home to get away from her drug or alcohol addiction. Lauren really is a good soul just trying to survive in life. When she and Colby come together as two caring individuals, you just feel good all over.