Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Romance, Mystery
Publisher: GothicTwist Publishing
Publication Date: October 10th 2012
Source: E-Book Provided by Author
Hannah Richards isn’t your typical 16 year-old at Wichita Falls High. Fashions, trends, cosmetics and style are unimportant to her. An avid reader, guitar player, classic movie and television buff, Hannah marches to the beat of her own drum. Visible only to her Father the town Sheriff, and her two best friends. Hannah lives a simple, un-pampered life as an “Eastie.”
After coming to the aide of Taylor Monroe, a popular member of the ultra snobby “Stilettos” at school, Hannah’s life beings spiraling out of control. As she starts spending more time with Taylor, her best friends abandon her, after a series of misunderstandings, causing Hannah to re-invent herself.
Hannah quickly gets caught up in a life much different than the one she knows, where status, glamour, makeup, appearance and acceptance become her masters. And what of the dark secret that haunts the streets of Wichita Falls?
Can Hannah survive the lies, deceit, jealousy and rage that are now waiting for her behind every corner? Will she succumb to the pressures of popularity? Or will she be crushed under the heels of the “Stilettos”?
~High school is hard enough just being yourself, let alone being someone you’re not~
So… when I read the blurb I thought: “Sounds interesting… somewhat like Mean Girls, maybe I should give it a try”
Give it a try was all that I needed, because from the prologue, I could already tell I would love it.
This story is about Hannah, but it isn’t at the same time. It revolves around a myriad of characters that live in Wichita Falls. It explores the relationships between “easties” (the “poor” people) and “clubbers” (the socialists) and what would actually happen if people actually cross that invisible boundary line. This story is, in a way, a psychological narrative into what teenagers actually go through in high school.
I was surprised at how accurate this was. It’s nice to see that the author didn’t overuse the stereotypes that plague high school.
This book had it all:
-humor: there were many laugh out loud moments, and just quirky situations in which the characters made you smile in spite of everything.
-mystery: through the whole book, I was questioning myself over and over again “is it him?” “why is he acting that way?” “what’s going on?” and it was refreshing, because it spiked my interest more.
-romance: the romance here is mild, but still freaking adorable.
-angst: Oh Lord, there was so much angst! This novel was practically dripping in teen angst! And you see, normally, I would have hated it, but it was because of all the angst that I kept reading. It was so freaking addicting.
-scandals, lies and betrayals: so many plot twists that left my head spinning even after I finished the book.
Other than all these little details, I found that the best part of the book was the characterization. I found that this story was mainly character driven, because without them there would have been literally nothing going on. And all the characters here were amazing.
Hannah was the protagonist, and she was completely relatable. Strong willed, outspoken and independent, she’s exactly what a main heroine should be. I loved her witty remarks and the way she could stand up for herself, and also for others. Whenever she committed a “fault” she realized this, and immediately tried to fix the problem she created. Hannah was in all ways, a mature adult.
Another thing I really liked about Hannah, was her relationship with her father. With most YA novels, the parental figure is mostly absent, and almost never influences the story. Here, her father is present in most of the book, and also has an important voice. Their relationship was actually really nice.
My favorite character of the book has to be Taylor. At first, Taylor is the typical snobby popular girl, but as the story progresses, she transforms into a wonderful character. I really love when a story presents character growth and that is exactly what I got with this. Taylor was in many ways, the “allegorical” character, the character that always had her eyes wide open. Taylor is one of the most quotable characters of the book, for example:
“Don’t let the makeup turn you into someone you’re not. It’s really not worth it.”
How can you NOT love Taylor?
I also want to take this review to admire the amazing job the author did when creating this story. In the author’s note, we get to see what really inspired him to write this book and I find that it’s an amazing cause.
Also, there’s something that’s been bothering me ever since I finished this book. It’s the fact that in the blurb here it says that “Suggested reading age is 14+” and… when I was 14, I never got the opportunity to read books as good as these. I hate the fact that my most substantial books at that age were probablyTwilight or Vampire Academy . I wish that this book would have been around when I was an insecure 14 year old.
Overall, this book should be read by many teenage girls, because it gives out the most important message: To always be yourself.
Rating: 5 stars
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