How did I get it?:
Netgalley, thanks to Smith Publicity
It was supposed to be Lexy Quinn’s year. The hard-working wallflower has finally landed the coveted spot as Editor of her school’s newspaper. Then the rug is ripped out from under her when she finds out her mom is sick, and the family is moving half-way across the country to Preston Hills, Texas. Lexy can’t think of a worse place to be than at a school full of snobby rich kids where she’ll have to start all over to get people to notice her writing, or–who is she kidding?–notice her at all. When the most swoon-worthy boy in town, who also happens to be the jock celebrity quarterback, gives her an exclusive interview, Lexy’s life takes an unexpected turn. Ash Preston is the perfect guy and, even better, he sees Lexy as she wants to be seen. But can she trust him? PRODIGAL is a different kind of love story, where faith, romance, and God converge . . . and it just might change the way you look at your life.
This book really surprised me. I expected it to be a typical ‘chick-lit’ for young adults, but it was actually much deeper than that. Rektok Ross, really makes the reader feel for characters that have a lot happening in their lives. I found myself rooting for the main character Lexy, and wanting her to achieve her dreams despite the obstacles that are in her path. Lexy developed beautifully throughout the story, growing confident and more self-assured as she gradually dealt with the issues in her life.
I really admire the way in which this book was written. The writing is simple, but effective. It’s so easy to read. There is a religious undertone throughout the novel, but it’s not always at the forefront. It’s not preachy at all or overbearing. Lexy’s friends that believe in God, don’t ram it down her throat but give her the option to consider religion. The way in which this is done is incredibly thought provoking. It’s a nice addition to the story and sets it aside from a typical romance novel for a young adult.
Please don’t be put off by the cover! It might not look very exciting, but once I began the story I was truly engrossed from beginning to end.
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