Monday, June 24, 2013

Confessions of An Almost Girlfriend by Louise Rozett

Confessions of An Almost Girlfriend by Louise Rozett
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin

Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around...  ...but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all...the almost-girlfriend.  When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.  - Goodreads.

I fell in love with Rose and her story in the first book, Confessions of An Angry Girl.  It left a lot of questions, and I knew there would be a sequel.  So I was really looking forward to this book coming out so that I could see where things would go.  I was not disappointed in this second installment.

Again, I loved Rose.  This is such a real, honest girl, and her narrative is raw and gritty and so straight forward.  You have to love being in her head.  I see some of my teenage self in her thoughts and the way she view things.  She has one of the most interesting narratives of any character I've read in a while.  I feel for her and the situations she finds herself in, and I love how she handles herself.  Not because she always makes the right decisions, but because sometimes she doesn't.  Sometimes she makes the wrong choice, which I find to be realistic and makes me like her more for the authenticity of her and her character.

I also love Jamie, even though he confused me just as much as he confused Rose.  However, in this story, Rose begins to grow some strength in this area.  She's no doormat.  She begins to realize what she deserves and starts to demand it.  It was great to see this growth from her.  And therein lies one of the things I love the most about these books.  This author does a great job with characterization.  She
gradually builds her characters up, moves them toward life lessons and then shows their growth in a perfectly progressive way that is gratifying.  I love that.

The writing is honest and touching, and the story perfectly revealed.  The ending leaves more questions, and with a few things still up in the air.  So obviously this is going to be a trilogy, which I'm fine with.  I can't wait to see how this ends and what life has in store for Rose.  Great sequel!


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