Number of Pages: 262
"Caly knew her mom would punish her; in fact, she'd planned on it. But a late-night ride in the backseat of a cop car wasn't part of that plan. Seventeen-year-old Caly Monroe has one passion: graffiti. Her mom hates it. And that's precisely why Caly decides to spray paint a barely dressed portrait of her mom in the middle of town, hoping to change her perspective--or maybe it was just to piss her off. After Caly's mom picks her up from the police station, she banishes Caly to Gemstone Beach, the run-down bay beach where they used to live each summer. The last time Caly stepped a bare foot onto that beach's crusty sand was five years ago, before her mom opened a bakery and permanently ended their vacations. When Caly returns, she is tasked with manual labor at the boardwalk as punishment; though, she soon discovers the real punishment is facing the people she once cared most about, including her first love, Aden. While Caly continues to contemplate her artistic future, she has to let her heart choose what, and who, is worth fighting for."Okay, let me tell you my thoughts when I first read the synopsis. I was really surprised by the choice was hobby that Caly has. Graffiti? I thought it was very original. I know as an aspiring author, you really want your writing to be somewhat new, original, or unique. You want it to stand out among other books. The graffiti really hit that target right in the middle when it came to originality. For that I give the book 5 out of 5 stars.
The cover is so pretty! I love how it shows both aspects of the book, the graffiti side of it and the side that has the beach and all her problems there. It looks so real! The cover also gets a 5 out 5 for me.
Now the actual story is where we lost a star in the overall rating. I felt that at the beginning we didn't see enough of Aden. The issues with Aden is basically the second problem in the book. We saw a glimpse of Aden at the beginning of the book and once I read that I was hooked. Here's my update on Goodreads when I read that part: "OH MY GOD! That can't seriously be Aden...IT'S NOT FAIR! Why do all fictional characters end up with the hot guys? It never happens in reality. :(" Yeah....I was really upset. So either way...I really wish there was more Aden because there was just Caly's mother being mad at Caly and it just got depressing. Otherwise the rest of this story was flat out amazing. I loved to read all the sayings on Ava's shirts. I swear I want those shirts! J.M. Miller if you can put those up for sale before the 20th of February I will make sure my whole family knows that I want those for my birthday. (Yeah.. my b-days close!) Alex was just really funny. He reminded me of Alex from the Moreno Brother's series by Elizabeth Reyes. They both are so funny in the same way and they both like to tease their younger brothers. I love the Moreno Brother's series so that comparison just made me like this book even more.
This book is now one of my favorites. I hope I can get a physical book too. (I like physical books better than e-books.) Guys I really recommend this book. GO READ THIS!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!