Published by: Evernight Teen
Publication date: January 17th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old travel blogger CC is stuck on a never-ending road trip with her wanderlust-addicted father. When her dad lands the job of his dreams in Sugar Lump—wedding capital of the world—CC finally finds a place to call home. Complete with two quirky best friends and a quixotic guy to crush on, Sugar Lump is more shades of perfect than she can possibly count.
But when CC accidentally overhears the mayor complaining that she has to “take out” a rogue employee for not fulfilling the terms of his contract, the idyllic town’s facade crumbles. Devastated by the possibility of having to move yet again, CC discovers everyone has been keeping a massive secret from her—including her own father.
While this book was hard to put down, I have mixed feelings about the overall story. Before I get into my thoughts, I do think this book is worth the read! I really love the story, the community intrigue, and weird town happenings. It’s very stepford wives. I’m from a small town that loves tourists, so it hit home. But I was really let down by the ending. There were too many things left for the reader to assume what happen, and a lot of the final plot reveal didn’t really make sense. I’m not going to go into those specific things because I don’t want spoilers! But it drove me crazy throughout the book that CC just kept accepting the weird red flags that anyone would have been screaming about. Especially when it comes to her father. I also think that some of the financial aspects of the story weren’t researched at all. The main character has a blog, that is apparently a huge success but she isn’t raking in money off of it?? That doesn’t equate if the book is set in todays online world. I know it seems that these things would cause a lower review but I really did enjoy the teens, and their quirks. It would great to get some follow up books of their adventures in running their own businesses in the town, and maybe some crazy clients, or small town drama without the weirdo plot of this book.
Megan Gaudino works in a high school library by day and on her own books by night. She’s made up of a mixture of black clothing, iced coffee, and a desire to go adventuring. Those things sort of come together naturally to form a writer. She lives in Pittsburgh where you can find her reading, writing, and Instagraming.
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