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Julia is a quiet girl who is more than happy to keep to herself, blocking out the distractions of the world. When she meets Chase, however, her bubble of solitude bursts. Chase is the lead singer of a band. They meet at an after party Julia's friend drags her to and there is an instant connection. Although Julia tries her best to ignore Chase and his advances, his charm wins her over in the end. When Chase writes a song for Julia, neither of them could possibly imagine what it will lead to. The song catches the attention of a music producer, sending their lives into a flurry of media attention. Julia never wanted a life of recognition, but her love for Chase is stronger than her need for privacy. Eventually, the positive press they receive turns into a tirade of lies that test their emotional strength. The paparazzi are unyielding in their quest to dig up the next story, constantly putting their own harmful spin on even the most mundane details of their lives. The out of control media turns a business trip into an escape from spousal abuse, and a mother fearing for her children's safety into a reckless drinking binge. Their children are dragged into the lies and rumors, as well.
Without giving too much away, the ending is something the reader will not be disappointed with. I was completely satisfied and really thought it was a fitting ending. It is the epitome of sacrifice and shows Julia's utter desperation to end the vicious circle of deceit. The lengths she is willing to leap to keep her family safe and out of the harmful world of gossip is not only inspiring, but heartbreaking as well.
Karen Pokras Toz has a wonderful writing style that draws the reader in instantly. She does such a fantastic job completely wrapping you up in the chaotic lives of both Julia and Chase, that you can't help but sympathize with them. I went on every emotional up and down that these characters went on. The story as a whole also makes you think of just how corrupt the media really is. They have the power to spin any story into a total fabrication of the truth, and to potentially destroy innocent lives.
This is a great book written by a great author and I would recommend it in a heartbeat!
I have to admit that at first I did not care for the back and forth in the timeline. It wasn't until all the pieces of the puzzle started to fall into place that I understood the back and forth in time. Of course had Karen written every detail of Julia's life, not only would have taken forever to read, I'm sure it would have just been to much and likely boring. However, Karen was able to add just enough details of Julia's past to make us understand why Julia was so hesitant to date, as well as an understanding of her relationship with her parents.
All Julia's life she has poured herself into books and her studies. Her Mother doesn't seem to understand her, and is always telling her how she should be living her life. Her Father on the other hand always has the right words for her.
When Julia comes home from college for Christmas break her friends, Mother and Father all have words of advise on how she should be enjoying college. Julia tells them she is enjoying college and goes on about how she loves all her classes. Her Father tells her there is more to studying all the time. That she needs to get out, make friends and have fun.
When Julia's friend Robyn, who she meet in her junior year of college, invites her out to listen to a band, she is hesitant. After some begging she finally gives in but just for a few hours, or so she thinks. Robyn drags her to an after party so she can hang out with one of the band members that she has a crush on. When Julia steps outside to get some fresh air she runs into another band member Chase.
The weeks following Chase is outside almost everyone of Julia's classes, always asking her out. After several failed attempts Julia finally gives in. It isn't long after Chase and Julia are in a serious relationship when his friend sends a tape of his song to a producer. Chase quickly climbs the ladder to stardom and Julia's private life is no longer so private. Will she be able to handle to paparazzi constantly hounding her every move? Can she accept that they will do anything to get a picture of her children? Can she protect them? Will she ever be able to be invisible again? If so, to what length must she go to get out of the limelight?
WARNING: The end is a real tear jerker so have the tissues on hand!