Echols is a tremendously talented writer with a real gift for developing relationships between her characters. This gripping, fast-moving read stumbles only slightly with Meg's big reveal. It takes some time to reconcile Meg's "secret" with the reason why she acts the way she does.

Meg McPherson plays the part of a bad girl to perfection. When she and three underage friends are picked up for drinking on a bridge, her reputation seemingly precedes her -- especially with Officer After, the arresting cop. As punishment, Meg has her spring break taken away -- and must ride with Officer After during his night shift instead.

It isn't long before some of Meg's preconceived notions about Officer After (John) are dispelled and she begins developing an attachment to the rookie. But can they ever see eye to eye? (MTV BOOKS, Mar., 256 pp., $11.00, ISBN: 9781416571735, TR, 14 and Up)

Reviewed by: 
Lauren Spielberg