Series: Boys of Fallout #3
Published by Show n'ot Tell Publishing on May 16th, 2017
Genres: Young Adult
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Reese White has spent her whole life trying so hard to be perfect, that when she looks in the mirror, she doesn't know the person staring back at her. Sure, she's always gotten high grades and excelled academically, but she's never put much time into herself. Now, as she heads off to college, Reese realizes she's remained so hidden inside a book that she's invisible to everyone, including herself.
Kellin Lake has always seen Reese, his little sister's best friend, the beautiful girl hidden behind baggy clothes and good grades--but he's hiding, too-- even from her. Tattoos, lip piercing and lead singer in a metal band, he's a rebel without a cause. But that's just to the people at school. At home, he covers it all up, and he's the boy with the angel's voice, and a 4.0 only his parents know about.
When Reese flips the switch and takes control of her looks, they make an arrangement-- pretend to be in a relationship to elevate Reese's social status. It's simple. Kellin helps his sister's best friend, and Reese isn't invisible anymore. No one falls in love. No one gets hurt. But what Reese doesn't realize is Kellin is already in love with her.
And now things get a hell of a lot more complicated.
Cassandra Giovanni knows how to tap into my younger self; the slightly rebellious, younger version me. So of course she’s one of my favorite Young Adult authors as I always find myself relating to her heroines in very personal way. I connect with her story lines and characters on so many levels, the art, the music, and although it’s been a few years, the time of being single and of harboring an unrequited crush. The angst of the transition from High School to College, striking out on ones own, and a common theme of hers about acceptance and belonging. Cassandra simply shows that some things transcend time.
Reese endeared herself to me immediately. She’s completely into the music scene (on the sly) and a bit of a nerd too. She’s reluctant to embrace a style, something that expresses who she really is. She needs motivation and she finds that in Kellin, her best friends brother and a best friend in his own right. Ree harbors some deep feelings for Kellin. She tries to suppress what she feels and she goes all out trying to be invisible. But circumstances are such that they are now in close proximity and faced with coming to terms with how they really feel about it other.
There’s nothing quite like thinking your harboring feelings for someone your sure doesn’t feel the same way about you. The angst of crushing on your best friend is intense. But Kellin is worthy, and we learn that pretty early on with a gesture that just stole my breath and inspired a Pinterest board
The story is told from Ree’s point of view so we have a very positive image of Kellin – she does hold him in high regard, as she should. He’s genuine and considerate but feels like he has to hide a part of himself. He’s adored by all so it’s a bit baffling but Cassandra shows us the family dynamics that might make you see where he’s coming from.
Cassandra’s characters experience a wonderful period of growth and seeing how they develop as individuals and in their relationships is uplifting. This story is a beautiful journey, one of conquering fear and making some pretty bold and brave steps. I’ve really enjoyed every book in the Boys of Fallout series and hope that we have another chance to catch up with them. 5 Stars and my recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi
Book one in this series Out of Beat is available! You can buy a copy on Amazon
Book two in this series Behind the Lens is available now! You can buy a copy on Amazon
About the Author:
Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams, and they live in the rolling hills of New England with their daughter, Hope and dogs, Bubski and Kanga. For regular updates visit Cassandra’s website www.cgiovanniauthor.com and sign up for her newsletter.