I can’t quite put my finger on what is so enthralling about Kenneally’s newest novel, but it totally sucked me in. I loved that Kenneally didn’t go with an easy, traditional happy-go-lucky ending. I also enjoyed the flawed nature of the characters, which made them feel more relatable. This is a great summer read and my favorite novel by Kenneally so far!
Taylor’s always pushed herself to excel: in school, on the soccer field and in every other part of her life. For better or worse, that’s what’s expected of a senator’s daughter. When one well-intentioned bad decision derails her future, Taylor finds herself directionless for the first time. Stuck between two terrible outcomes, she tried to make the best choice, but she never imagined the severity of the consequences. Now her family is furious at her for destroying their image right before her father is up for re-election. The only person who seems to understand what she’s going through is her older brother’s best friend — the guy she’s nursed a crush on for years. Unfortunately, he’s also the guy who blew her off on her 16th birthday. Afraid she’ll never get into her dream college or be forgiven by her family, Taylor is desperate to find a way forward. But what do you do when your best isn’t good enough? (SOURCEBOOKS, Jul., 304 pp., $10.99, ISBN: 9781492630081, PB, 14 & Up)