Hi there! What better to start off the New Year than with a review! Happy release day to this lovely book and so many other ones.
Title: Someone to Love
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: January 2, 2018
Edition: Hardcover, US
Source: Copy Provided by Publicist
My rating: 3/5 Goodreads stars
Constantly in the spotlight thanks to her politician father’s rising star, Olivia Blakely feels the pressure to be perfect. As the youngest girl in her class, she tries hard to keep up and to seem mature to the older boy she’s crushing on, even as she catches his eye. But the need to look good on camera and at school soon grows into an all-consuming struggle with bulimia.
As Liv works toward her goal of gaining early admission to art school, including taking part in an upcoming student show, her life spirals out of control. Swept up in demands to do more than she’s ready for, to always look perfect and to succeed, Liv doesn’t know who she is anymore. It will take nearly losing her best friend and even her life for Liv to learn that loving herself is far more important than earning the world’s approval.
This was my last read of 2017! It was exciting to finish it because I was reading it right up until I left for my NYE plans 🙂
Here are some of my initial thoughts from Goodreads:
Last read of the year! Shoutout to my friend Logan and my mom for betting on me to finish 2 more books before the new year!! Crushed it 🙂
This book was interesting. I was sent a copy for review thanks to the publisher and publicist! Something that I liked was the truth to Olivia’s story. Her journey is a hard one, and I like the way it was captured.
More thoughts to come, Happy New Year everyone!
One thing I realized later in the book was that it was set in the same universe as Something in Between which was released in fall of 2016. (You can read my review of that book here.) This was one of my favorite aspects of the book. It was four years in the future, and I loved how you got to know the minor characters in that book much better through this book.
Liv is a very dynamic character. She is very stubborn and is worried about showing vulnerability. It’s something that speaks true to what it is really like to be human. I can’t personally speak on what it’s like to have anxious thoughts, but I feel that this book conveys it well. You read about Liv and her thoughts come so naturally that it doesn’t feel forced at all.
The supporting characters were well written as well. I feel that they have very common reactions that anyone from the outside would have. It seems that they represent all of the different ways that someone could react.
Generally this was a good read. It was something I had to pick up and put down a few times, but I was compelled enough to finish it. I wanted to know the outcomes of all of the different characters, and Liv was a lovely character.