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This was my very first novel of Author Isla Madden-Mills. In the beginning, I honestly wasn't sure that I even liked Nora. But I warmed up to her as her layers were slowly peeled back. She really lost out when it came to her nuclear family. I couldn't believe what a massive witch her mom was or how M.I.A. her dad was. She did have a wonderful aunt and eventually a nice support group via her connection to Leo. I enjoyed how she worked through her issues and became a stronger version of herself. The girl had guts in a big way.
Leo, oh boy! I liked him immediately and really admired his more mature strength of character and his incredible self restraint in light of the temptation created by his immediate attraction to teenage Nora. Their attraction eventually makes total sense in light of their personal histories though, so I didn't have as much of a problem with their age difference as I could have if their circumstances had been other than what they were.
Leo's younger brother Sebastian added some nice levity to the story, and I was relieved that he didn't have a cliched type of relationship with Nora. Nora's half brother Finn, well to put it simply, was a complete and utter douche canoe. I felt the same as Nora when his fictional fate caught up to him. I also really liked Teddy, a play by ear Autistic musician in Leo's band. He was just so innocent, earnest, charming, and all around delightful. Drew, Nora's academic nemesis and first crush/teenage hook up, was actually not at all the slime ball I thought he might be. Nora knew plenty of guys that fit that bill and also a couple of mean girls to round out the Briarcrest Academy crew. It certainly wouldn't be high school with all those character types.
I have no idea what the next novel in the series is about, but I'm looking forward to finding out and hanging out again n the Briarcrest Academy universe.
I wanted to befriend Nora and stick up for her to those other trolls that seemed to like to surround her and pick on her. God I hated people like that in school. I can't understand why the same patterns exist. You'd think parents would learn and teach their kids some damn manners but that's neither her nor there.
Why in the world did her parents have kids? What a horrible shame. I would have loved to knock some of her Mothers teeth loose. And ask her father what the hell happened to his set of balls?!? How could you sit by and allow such horrible tragedies happen to your own flesh and blood? I would have made her Mothers life hell with such a public image job and treating her daughter so poorly.
And the wtf Leo?!? I wanted to strangle him or knock him senseless. What a jerk! Yeah, fear sucks and all and sure he was traumatized but man! Nora just could not catch a break. Sebastian was such a sweetheart. I was so thankful Nora had a good friend in him. I also wanted to hug him when he was messing with Leo's mind about being in love with Nora.
I loved but it hurt when she was alone with Leo and had him please himself and then leave him alone. He soooo deserved that!! I was really starting to wonder if they ever would end up together or if it was better is Nora just moved on. Guess you'll have to read it to find out!
Her mother is an awful women, she treats her like crap and belittles everything she does. Her brother did the most unspeakable things to her when she was barely a teen.
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel for her, Leo. He is the older brother of a new classmate but Nora knows that they are meant to be. It's funny but I never had an issue with their age difference, just over six years, she was legal when she went after him. He on the other hand saw it as a huge obstacle and did everything to keep her at bay, including something that I wasn't sure was excusable.
In the end, after a near end of them, there is a path seen to their HEA.
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