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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Review: Cross My Heart by Katie Klein

Released: March 14th 2011
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Rated: YA
Buy: Amazon
True love can blossom in unexpected places. This is Jaden pretending not to notice. . . . Jaden McEntyre and Parker Whalen are a wrong fit from the start. Jaden is driven and focused, Harvard Med School within reach. Parker has a past—a reputation—and the rumors about his mysterious habits abound. So there’s no reason why, when they're assigned to work together on a project in English, they should discover they have anything in common, or even like each other, and they definitely shouldn't be falling in love. As they bond over Edith Wharton’s tragic novella, Ethan Frome, the “bad boy” vibe Parker plays begins to dissipate. Soon, Jaden finds herself shedding her own “good girl” image: sneaking around to be with him, confiding in him, and ultimately falling hard for this leather-wearing, motorcycle-driving loner who plays into the rebel stereotype. Still, Jaden can't shake the feeling that there's more to Parker than he's letting on. He's hiding something from her, and discovering the truth means reconciling the Parker she's grown to love with the person he really is. Because it's possible that his life inside the classroom—everything Jaden knows—is one, massive lie.

What I thought

I quickly lost myself in this story. I really felt for Jaden when her life started to play out. Everyone expected her to be one way and when she slowly started to change, it seemed like those most important to her didn't like what they were seeing. But I agree with her brother, I liked the change, I liked to see Jaden really start to live life.

I wasn't so sure about the romance at first. It took me about half way through to really get behind it and then the little twist at the end cinched it for me. I don't know why, I'm not sure if I would have liked it in another book, but for this one, it fit and felt right. I was so happy for Jaden at the end, seeing her happy when things just didn't seem to go right for her for part of the book.

I'm glad I gave this a try. When I first saw the cover, I skipped over this one. Yeah, I know, I know. You're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I did and I'm glad I gave it a look and decided to get it anyway. It's not that I hated the cover, when looking for a YA Romance, this hadn't popped out at me as one.

My Rating

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