Author – Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Publisher – Write Free
Release Date – 2013
Number of Pages – 168
Authors Website – StaceyWallaceBenefiel.com
He stole her lipstick…and her heart.
Twenty-year-old Dani Walker can’t believe her luck when she’s paired up with the gorgeous Liam Garrett as her Acting I scene partner – or when he ends up in her bed. Being a Plain Jane with a mouth on her hasn’t exactly served Dani well in the guy department. In fact, she’s had nothing but one night stands. Still, she lets go of her insecurities and falls for Liam, despite feeling like he’s holding something back.
When Dani finally discovers Liam’s secret, she must learn the true meaning of accepting the ones we love for who they are, or risk losing the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
The basis of the plot was simple, something conventional and something read a million times before. However, this book is a million times better than all the clique romance novels out there. This novel is not romance romance romance, it deals with a bigger and more prominent issue. The book is categorically a young adult romance novel yet it is also about secret lives and the diversity of our society as it is today and the plot exposes this perfectly, making it into something that is not your typical romance novel. It is, in fact, one of a kind.
Dani, the main female protagonist, is the kind of girl we don’t normally witness in romance novels. She is described as being a bot on the larger side and this also helps to make her into a more relatable character as the insecurities she feels, we all seem to feel out ourselves no matter our size. This is because none of us are the confident girls depicted in most teen romance novels, we all have insecurities and Dani is the prime example of this. However, she is also something that we all wish to be, she is the most accepting character I have ever come across in a novel before and this is a welcome change. As we live in such a modern and diverse society, we must be accepting of everyone as we are all different, no matter how different, we all are and we all have our quirks. Dani is the embodiment of the idea modern girl, she accepts all different people. She is, in my opinion, one of the best and most inspirational protagonists I have ever come across.
The love interest in the novel, Liam is a very realistic character in the terror that the secret he holds so dear brings to him. I don’t think it can be fully understood how afraid he is of this secret getting out, if you have not held a secret like this beforehand. He is a very deep and reflective character and this is one of the things I am most thrilled about with the New Adult genre, the depth of the character that yes, we do witness in Young Adult literature but not enough and not to this extent.
Spoiler Free, it is an ending that will have your emotions welling over. It is a very inspirational and well thought through ending to a fabulous book that I hope to re-read again and again.
If you read only one book this summer, or if you only ever read one adult novel, please let it be this. The message that this book gives is one that is not publicised enough and needs to be so that we may exist in a modern society.
This book is one that will stay a favourite of mine for years to come. It is a book with a very important message that you can learn from and it will stick with you for months after you turn the final page, hopefully making a change to how you view things and the opinions that you hold. An utterly amazing read.
I would recommend this book to anyone that likes books about: New Adult, Romance, Modern Society, Adaption, Love, Strength of Character.