The Blurb: High school senior Holly Hirsh knows little about Paul Bennett beyond the fact that he is good-looking, popular, and has a “cool and put together” girlfriend. Seeking to fill the emotional void left by her mother’s death, Holly loses her virginity to him and continues to see him. He demands that she keep their relationship secret, which exacerbates the complicated feelings she has toward her longtime best friend, Nils. When a school project provides a means for Holly to get to know Paul’s girlfriend, her sense of betrayal becomes even deeper.
The Short Stick: Backwards relationships that make you think.
The Goods: Holly had a great relationship with Nils, sure she’s hurting throughout most of the book, but she’s got a solid friend in Nils. I enjoyed exploring all the different sides to relationships that Holly goes through, from the one with Paul, the one with Saskia, and even her relationships with her dad Jeff and the local psychic medium Frank. Holly is a messed up girl, but that’s life and for a contemporary YA novel, this book reads like real life.
The Not So Goods: The writing style was very slim and it wasn’t beautiful. There was way too much dialogue in the book and not all of it helped the plot. I wanted to get more out of descriptions, but they were clunky. While I followed the storyline just fine, I also felt myself wanting more showing and less telling.
Pinnochio Factor: Pass, they were very real.
Bella Swan Factor: Pass, although I didn’t like Holly at all.
Jace Factor: Fail, the boy features aren’t even described.
Primrose Factor: Pass, nothing lost, nothing gained.
Potter Factor: Pass, I don’t think these types of teenage relationships are explored enough.
Cheese Factor: Pass, definitely no cheesy moments.
Bible Factor: Pass, there was enough religion.
Temperature: 80 degrees, sex doesn’t always means it’s good sex.
Recommendation: Read it if you’re looking for something different and want to explore relationships that don’t follow the norm. Skip it if you’re expecting one of them to discover their psychic abilities, this is a pure contemporary novel.