1st October 2014
It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.
Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.
This book is just straight out my kind of read. Fluff & melodrama. And like the whole time I was like, if this is not Disney then I don't know what is.
Ella literally lost everything when she got into that car accident. She's pretty angsty against the world and especially her father. I understand that. She's angry at him because they haven't talked for 10 years but her dad suddenly wanted to take her in is just beyond awkward. And with everything she's been through, I'd like to curl in a ball and cry or just feel nothing. But she pulled through it despite all the trauma.
Brian's character is so fun if not over dramatic. I like him. A lot. But there's something that needs to be done about the fact that he can't stand up against his management team. I could understand if he's still 18 and not at a legal age yet, but he's 22! He should be able to stand up for himself. So... Yeah. A little bit unrealistic there but I love him anyway.
And I love Cinder & Ella's conversation and banters through IM & text messages. They are just so adorable. Like, cuteness overload! But OMG! All the cheesy lines! I had to stop myself from reading another line and go 'Really Brian? No. OMG. No.' *facepalm out of embarrassment*
I kinda wish Oram tune down the melodramatic ness a little bit tho. At some parts I felt like this is just unnecessary and Ella cried too much. I wished it'd be like, stuff just piling up and then explodes at the end. That would've been more dramatic.
In the end, I really did enjoy the book immensely. A little bit unrealistic on some parts here and there but I like it just the way it is! It's a perfect book for any YA Contemporary lover or for anyone who just wants to take a break and read something cute and fluffy :)
PS: That cover is SO not doing it for me though. Something needs to be done about it. A) All of Kelly Oram's other books are definitely CUTER than this. B) I TOTALLY did not imagine Brian's face like that. Probably more like Dylan O'Brien.