As an awkward teenager, Ava Daniels "presents" herself to teen heartthrob Harper Reynolds, who hurts her deeply when he rejects her. Unbeknownst to Ava, his world has just come crashing down around him—he was rejected by the only college he wanted to attend and dumped by his girlfriend. The last thing he wants is to take advantage of his friend.

For the next few years, Ava avoids Harper while maintaining a close relationship with his aunt Flossie. Before Flossie passes away, the kindhearted matchmaker uses her considerable skills—and her house—as a last attempt to bring Ava and Harper together.

Serious at times and utterly funny at others, What a Girl Wants is a delightful romance! (Aug., 320 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie R. Sims