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It’s senior year, and Whitney Richards is tired of the constant pressures to be perfect. When she gets a D in Calculus, her mother immediately hires a tutor, worried Whitney won’t get into the ‘right’ college—her alma mater—with imperfect grades. Her tutor, Taylor, is a quiet, mysterious boy who is unlike anyone Whitney has met before. But Taylor’s rougher upbringing has her mother and friends discouraging any type of relationship. Tired of having to play a part for everyone else, Whitney quits the cheerleading squad that once defined her social identity, and begins spending more time with Taylor. Her mom and friends worry Whitney is making a huge mistake, and even Taylor begins to show concern for some of her choices. But for the first time, Whitney is in the driver’s seat of her life. Will she be able to find her identity—and God’s plan for her life—before she throws everything away?
I enjoyed reading this book. It didn’t have a complex plot, which is sometimes what I like to read. I don’t think it was a particularly amazing book. My main reason for feeling that way, is that I found some of the conversations between characters to incredibly stilted and unnatural.
The characters are good, but they aren’t really ones that will stick with me for long. I didn’t really feel a connection with them. I liked the main character Whitney and her relationship with Taylor was cute. I always like it when characters go against what is expected of them by their peers.
There is a slight religious tone to this book. Whitney often prays to God, it came across like she was praying for help, not really guidance. I’m not against religion in a book, but I didn’t think it worked particularly well in this particular book. It didn’t affect the story, but I did find myself rolling my eyes everytime that Whitney prayed for help to get what she wanted.
I think this book is still a decent, quick read. It just didn’t feel amazing for me.
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