- File Size: 1986 KB
- Print Length: 237 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark; 1 edition (December 6, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 6, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M59LROR
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alterations Kindle Edition
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Amelia has spent her 16th birthday in bed with the flu, staring at a slice of cake she can't really eat, but her day seems on the cusp of a a turn-around.
Amelia is a character I'm not sure I like yet, but she's enough of an entertaining teenage basket-case that I want to find out. She's either delirious with fever and teen-drama-brain with short bursts of humor poking through, or she's simply a vain and overly dramatic crybaby ("even in sickness, I accessorize"). I suspect the former, I suspect I'll like her, and that suspicion is the element in this first page that makes me want to read on.
This first page does a lot:
Readership: YA. This girl just fever-snotted through her 16th birthday.
Genre: It's not so clear in the first page. And honestly, I didn't notice the heart on the cover until just now. (I know, I'm blind.) With the angst of a 16-year-old girl, the mere fact that she's thinking about a boy doesn't scream romance--they ALL think of boys, even the thriller girls. But now that I "see" the heart on the cover, it's clearly romance.
Mood and voice: Here's where this first page excels. Nothing is over done, and the angsty woe-is-me teen drama mixed with subtle humor rings true to me. This made me laugh:
“You’re the loser!” I shot back.
I buried my face in the pillow—I just yelled at cake.
Setting: Not as clear. It threw me off that she calls her gramma abuelita, and I don't know if she lives with her gran or if maybe gran is just visiting. "Prom" says USA, but I've no idea where in the US this is set--city or farm, east or west.
“Tell me more” factor: I'm turning the page at this point, but not from suspense. The mood is decidedly disappointed and full of mucus. It's the voice that's hooked me--that fun sort of wonder, which plants a seed of curiosity in my head that whispers, "what will come out of this girl's brain next." Getting a chuckle out of a first page is magic. I love this opening!
This first page earns 4 North of Normal stars!
5 Stars on Amazon / Goodreads
The story is about a sixteen-year-old Miami girl named Amelia Blanco (my grandmother’s maiden name! I know, not relevant; I just thought it was cool). Mila is bright, spunky, witty, and an insanely talented seamstress and fashionista. She has tons of followers on her fashion Instagram account, and one of her dearest hobbies is creating secret Pinterest boards pertaining to fashion fantasies revolving around her crush.
Mila’s crush? None other than the charming and super-popular Ethan Laurenti, of the wealthy Laurenti family, for whom Mila and her mother and Abuelita work – and also on whose estate they live. Mila, her mother, and her grandmother are essentially “the help.” When Mila realizes she got accepted to the most prestigious fashion internship in the country, she doesn’t want to leave her dreams about getting together with Ethan behind…but this is New York City, baby! In New York, Mila makes fantastic new friends, realizes the cost of her fantasies over a boy she hardly knows, and ultimately finds herself and her dreams for the future. The story could’ve easily ended there, but when she returns to Miami a woman anew, it was nowhere over – it ONLY GOT BETTER!
Cue a special new relationship with Ethan Laurenti’s a-dork-able, geeky twin brother, Liam; a reality TV show being filmed at the Laurentis’ estate; and a new project designing a fashion app with the computer-genius but fashion-challenged Liam, and the story evolves into one of the sweetest and most heartfelt, clean teen romances I’ve read in a while! Parts of this book had me laughing out loud, actually tearing up, and especially shouting, “AWWWW!” to my Kindle at the preciousness. I loved Mila’s enthusiasm, inspiration and ambition for fashion, loved her Latina heritage, and I especially loved her ability to ‘get real’ with herself and her friends. She is a protagonist worth rooting for every step of the way, as is this sparkling novel! This is a book I’ll be recommending for a long time to YA enthusiasts and readers of chick lit everywhere!
If you're looking for an adorable, clean read, chock full of fashion, and that'll leave you smiling--you've found it!
Amelia's a strong, relatable main character. I was laughing out loud at her inner monologue. I loved her time in NY and how the friends she made there and the tension she built carried through the rest of the story. Liam was a new fav book boyfriend (THANK YOU FOR A BOY WHO BUILDS APPS!! Techies rock so this was such a refreshing change from the usual book boyfriend). Amelia's relationship with her mom and grandma was excellent as well. I was extremely happy with how their storyline wrapped.
This earned a re-read for me.
And I can't wait for more from Stephanie Scott.