Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when basketball star Brady Cullen asks her out, and she just about faints when her strict father actually approves of him.
But when school starts up again, Brady changes. What happened to the sweet boy she fell in love with? Then she meets a smoldering guy in his twenties, and this "cowboy" is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina.
Bettina knows that breaking up with Brady would mean giving up her freedom—and that it would be inappropriate for anything to happen between her and Cowboy. Still, she can't help that she longs for the scent of his auto shop whenever she's anywhere else.
When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth—and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.
Leslie Connor has written a lyrical, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about family, romance, and the immense power of love.
When I read the synopsis, I thought that this book was going to be different then it was. I thought it was a book that was about a girl going though some bad things, but ultimately was a light book. It was about a girl going through some bad things, but it wasn't light. It was dark. Like, majorly.
This book was just plain old sad. As someone who's never been kissed, and didn't have my driver's licence, instead of parental restrictions, staying with a guy just to get out of the house, especially a guy who's abusive, isn't the best decision!
Her relationship with Cowboy, that was a good thing. Gave some light to the dark, even if society-and her boyfriend and her parents in particular-would frown upon it. But I really wish we knew what actually caused his death, because I can't believe that it would be bad driving on his part, or the malfunction of a part that he installed. It just has to be something else!
One thing at the end, when Brady comments that he didn't love anything like her, and she retorts that he should love anything like that, emphasis on thing, because she's a person, not a thing, well, it kinda shows what was wrong with their relationship.
Really great book, but just so dark and sad!
Author: Leslie Conner
Read: August 4th, 2015
Reason Why: Sounded good, and it's a SAC 2015 Book!
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Published: June 24th 2014