Thursday, 6 May 2021

Be the Girl - K.A. Tucker

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Book: Be The Girl
Author: K.A. Tucker
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 21st January 2019

My Rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌕
Date Finished: 6th May 2021


Almost sixteen-year-old Aria Jones is starting over. New postal code, new last name, new rules. But she doesn’t mind, because it means she can leave her painful regrets behind. In the bustling town of Eastmonte, she can become someone else. Someone better.

With the Hartford family living next door, it seems she will succeed. Sure, Cassie Hartford may be the epitome of social awkwardness thanks to her autism, but she also offers an innocent and sincere friendship that Aria learns to appreciate. And Cassie’s older brother, Emmett—a popular Junior A hockey player with a bright future—well … Aria wishes that friendship could lead to something more. If he didn’t already have a girlfriend, maybe it would.

But Aria soon finds herself in a dicey moral predicament that could derail her attempt at a fresh start. It is her loyalty to Cassie and her growing crush on Emmett that leads her to make a risky move, one that earns her a vindictive enemy who is determined to splinter her happy new world.


I got this from the KU Library.

I've read K.A. Tucker's books in the past so when I saw this, I thought I'd make use of my KU offer and download this before it runs out next month.

This starts with Aria and her mum travelling across Canada to move in with her mum's elderly uncle Merv as they escape something that went down with Aria at her old school and the fact that her dad had a secret other family with his paralegal. They move in next door to Cassie - who has autism - and Emmett and their family and Aria is instantly drawn to the siblings.

I did enjoy this. It was a super cute young adult romance that dealt with issues of bullying and autism as well as a few other things like loss, regret and redemption.

I got a bit of an ache at times when I was reading bits about people's behaviour towards Cassie. She's just this super happy friendly person and they treat her like she has the plague. It's not fair. I loved how Aria took her under her wing and stood up for her. They were a cute best friends twosome.

And then the romance between Aria and Emmett. I thought it was really nicely done. They didn't rush into things and Emmett was really respectful and protective of both Aria and his sister.

I feel like Zach should get a mention. He was great with Cassie - absolutely perfect with her! He knew just what to say and do to make her happy or put her at ease. I enjoyed reading those few times when they were together.

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