Published by Simon Pulse on March 29th 2016
Genres: young adult, contemporary, romance
Gone Girl meets the TV show Nashville in this sultry summer read about a girl who runs away from her high-profile past to live the normal life she’s always wanted.
Cecilia Montgomery has been America’s sweetheart since the day she was born. A member of the prestigious Montgomery family—the US equivalent of royalty—her childhood was cut short after she was nearly kidnapped. Since then, Cecilia has been hidden away, her adolescence spent at an exclusive boarding school.
Her dreams of becoming a professional violinist—dashed.
Her desire to be a normal teenager—not possible.
Her relationship with her once-loving parents—bitter and strained.
Nothing about Cecilia’s life is what she would have planned for herself. So when an opportune moment presents itself, Cecilia seizes the chance to become someone else. To escape. To disappear. To have the life she always dreamed about, far away from her mother’s biting remarks and her sheltered upbringing.
Cecilia says goodbye to the Montgomery name and legacy to become Lia Washington: relaxed, wild, in love, free, and living on her own terms for the very first time. But being on your own isn’t always as easy as it seems…
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
PSA: Firstly, this book is NOT a standalone, and from what I’ve read in the reviews, this book has NO similarities to Gone Girl, whatsoever.
Honestly, I started this book on a good note. It seemed like a really good contemporary novel to me. I started at it around 10pm, and finished it within 2 hours in one sitting. Which would have been a pretty great achievement, if not for the fact that this book is frustrating. LIKE, SUPER FRUSTRATING and I honestly wanted it to be over and done as soon as possible. But let me talk about the good parts first.
I’ve always had a problem with control issues. Like, I despise people controlling me, telling me what to do, and that reflects my reaction while reading such books. I would be super angry, mentally scolding the character for not standing up for herself. So, I actually love this book at first sight, because what did Cecilia do? She left. It was like a big fuck you to her controlling, suffocating parents.
I love it that she left, and tried to start anew. The story was promising, and I was looking forward to more. There were pretty great secondary characters, but unfortunately, the author did not make us of them. Instead the author rewrites them off as the “bad people”. What truly pisses me off was the male lead character. I mean, NOPE, JUST NOPE. I do not like him, no matter how many times the author wants us to believe that he has changed. For some reason, I did not click with his character, and I read the romance part WAY TOO FAST because I just didn’t want them. Like, NO. Don’t let me read those scenes.
I also felt like the ending was rushed. It was like, out of nowhere, BAM EVERYTHING WENT TO HELL. It was messy and I felt like I didn’t understand what was going on until rereading those scenes a few more times. It was disappointing, honestly.
Also, please this book has no similarities to Gone Girl. That was super misleading.