I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher HarperCollins NZ in exchange for an honest review.
Quick fire review:
I’ve never read a book by Tara Eglington but I am officially converted.
The writing in this is witty and fast paced and you quickly finding yourself caring about these characters. Their ups and downs are really realistic and I can’t wait for more people to fall in love with them as I did.
Also love having this cover on my shelf!
Emily has been friends with Adriana since Year One, way back when Adriana had a huge gap between her teeth and was super skinny. Emily wasn’t any less awkward looking, and the girls are inseparable all through primary and into high school.
But when Adriana’s mother dies during the autumn of Year Eight, everything changes. Adriana’s father accepts a job in Borneo and suddenly, the two best friends, who’ve always been together, are almost ten thousand miles apart. Despite the distance, and a rubbish internet connection, the girls manage to stay in touch for the next 18 months.
And then Adriana announces that she’s coming home.
Emily can’t wait for things to go back to how they were – except one thing is undeniably different from the moment Adriana’s plane touches down at Jefferson airport.
Adriana has gone from awkward to AMAZING. As in Victoria’s Secret model level of amazing – an utter goddess.
4 out of 5 stars
I really, really, really enjoyed reading this. I think it helped that I picked it up when the mood was right, but it also helped that Tara Eglington doesn’t write dribble.
Set across the ditch in Australia, this story follows Emily and Adriana as they navigate new friendship territory after a series of personal tragedies, a shared crush and Adriana being sprinkled with fairy dust and becoming super babe’n.
Emily is the overprotective friend. She is the one who stands up to the bullies, who backs her friend and who is there to help take the brunt of the bullshit for her bestie Adriana. Adriana is happy to fly under the radar and has had her fair share of turmoil in her time. From losing her mother in an accident, to having to deal with rejection, Adriana is far from a happy soul…that is until she heads back to school looking like a goddess. All of a sudden she is the center of attention, which is a-okay with her.
One of my favourite parts was watching Emily deal with her own jealousy towards Adriana in light of her insecurities. We have all experienced some jealousy towards another person whether it be because they are richer, smarter, more attractive or because they grabbed the last donut you wanted (sigh!) so it was great getting to see some new perspectives on the issue.
Eglington did a great job of portraying the change in dynamic when someone who has only received negative attention, is all of a sudden desirable. I really liked the way she detailed the change in ego, the new friendship dynamics and the way high school social status can become all consuming.
This is a great contemporary about friendships and the importance of self. If you are looking for something fun to read, I would definitely give this a go.
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