Series: The Lake
# of pages: 306
At 17, Layla Weston is already starting over. Having lost both her parents and grandparents, and with nowhere else to go, Layla is moving from Florida to a small town in North Carolina to live with the only family she has left: her estranged uncle and aunt. The last five years of Layla’s life were spent appeasing her less- than-loving grandmother, followed by being her grandfather’s caretaker. Growing old before her time, Layla lost her identity, she must learn how to allow herself to be loved and cared for once again. Life takes an unexpected turn when Layla meets Will Meyer. His breathtaking good looks are enough to catch her eye, but his sincerity and passion are everything she needs to find the strength and confidence she lost — and lead her into love. When tragedy once again strikes Layla’s life, her hope is all but completely crushed. Through it all, Layla learns what it means to truly love and be loved.
My opinion: These days I don’t often read young adult books that take place in modern times unless it’s a fantasy or sci-fi. I know AnnaLisa Grant and so when she published her first book, I bought it. I was excited about the story and I wasn’t disappointed! This review is written many months since reading the book, but the story has stayed in my mind and I can’t wait to read the other books in the series (maybe I’ll get those for my birthday!?).
The writing style and story are definitely written for young adults, but adults can very well enjoy it too. Like I said before, the story is interesting and sticks with the reader long after the book is over.
Why I gave this book 4/5 stars: Interesting, great characters, often has a young adult feel to the writing
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