Sunday, September 13, 2015

Review: Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru by Tera Lynn Childs

Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru by Tera Lynn Childs
Release Date: September 14, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

When life gives you a blank canvas, make art. Sloane Whitaker hates everything about moving to Texas. She hates leaving behind her friends and half her family in New York, starting over senior year at Austin’s NextGen Academy, and having to say she lives in Texas. Most of all, she hates that it’s all her fault. If she wants to earn her way back to the Big Apple, she has to prove she can still be the perfect daughter.

Which means no vandalism art, no trouble at school, and absolutely no Tru Dorsey, her serial screw-up neighbor, who loves nothing more than pushing her buttons.  But from the moment he vaults onto the roof outside her bedroom, there is something about him that makes her want to break every rule. Suddenly it’ s not the ten things she hates about Tru that are at the top of her list. It’s the ten reasons she doesn’t want to be without him.

I'm rapidly growing extremely fond of the Entangled Teen's Crush line.  This is a line of pure young adult, contemporary romance.  Whenever i'm in the mood for some straight romance that is cute (not always necessarily light-hearted) but standalone, I'm always excited to get my hands on one of these books.  Add this awesome new line to Tera Lynn Childs being the author of one, and I'm loving it.

Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru was such a cute, but also serious read.  Sloane's made a horrible mistake that gets her sent away from her beloved New York, and also temporarily breaks up her family so that her mother and she move to Texas for the remainder of her senior year.  She's all about getting back to New York and makes a deal with her mother for early release.  Despite her initial teen angst, or maybe because of it, I loved Sloane as a character.  The author did such an amazing job portraying what it's like to be in a teenager's head.  I thought she had the angst down pat, but it was more than that.  She didn't just portray Sloane as an angsty teen... she shows how a teen's mind works, and I know it's accurate because I remember thinking like that as a teen myself.  It was so realistic.

Then there's Tru who comes across as a slightly cocky, happy-go-lucky gorgeous guy, but there are depths to him as well.  He has his own issues, dangerous ones, and I felt he was drawn to Tru because he saw her as a serious girl, in many ways the opposite of what he is.  He buries his troubles under his cute and happy exterior, but secretly craves to be someone who will stand up against what's happening to him.  I thought these two were a great compliment to each other, even though Sloane fights it because her mom's view of him could keep her from going back to New York.

Aside from excellent characterization, this story also had a small mystery to it that needed to be uncovered, and I loved that this was a part of the story. It definitely surprised me with the whodunit quality.

This book was definitely a great read if you like well-crafted characters, fast-pacing and a cute, warm-hearted romance.  Great story!

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