Author: Lisa Brown Roberts
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: February 3, 2015
My Rating: 4.5 / 5
Darcy Covington never had to worry about money or where her next
shopping spree was coming from. Even her dog ate gourmet. Then one day,
Darcy’s car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private
school. As her father’s business hit the skids, Dad didn’t just skip
town, he bailed on his family.
Fortunately, Darcy’s uncle owns a
thrift shop where she can hide out from the world. There’s also Lucas,
the wickedly hot fix-it guy she can’t stop crushing on, even if she’s
not sure they’ll ever get out of the friend zone.
But it’s here
among the colorful characters of her uncle’s world that Darcy begins to
see something more in herself...if she has the courage to follow it.
***I received a ARC of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review***
This book is one of the best contemporary books I have ever read. I stick to the paranormal genre most of the time, so this was a nice change from the books I usually read and I really loved it. This was a sweet heartwarming story of a girl finding her way and discovering herself during a hard time in her life.
My favorite part about this story was how it didn't focus entirely on the romance aspect but also included other real life problems that Darcy was facing. I loved how during everything that was going on, Darcy never lost hope and continued to be strong. She didn't just give up when it got too hard, but she worked through it and solved the problems life threw at her. For a seventeen year old, Darcy was very mature and handled everything pretty responsibly and sensibly. She wasn't afraid to ask for help when she needed it, and she let others help her along the way, instead of just trying to do everything by herself. I really enjoyed seeing how much Darcy had grown from the beginning of the story to the end. As for the supporting characters, I really loved Darcy's uncle and Lucus. Both were great characters and were always there for Darcy. I really enjoyed how Lucas and Darcy's relationship slowly developed from strangers to friendship, and eventually to something more, although at times it did seem to drag on a little.
The overall story was very interesting and kept me hooked until the end. I really loved reading this story and watching how Darcy matured throughout this book. The slow developing romance between her and Lucas was very sweet and heartwarming. Most of all though, I really loved how strong Darcy was and her ability to face and handle so many tough situations that she was in, bravely and responsibly. This was an amazing book and I definitely recommend it!