Wednesday, September 4, 2013

GUEST REVIEW - Amends: A Love Story by Shanda Fisch

AMITY is a prickly high school outcast who dreams of a better life in college. A tragic accident puts her future on hold. When she attends an elite university three years later, she falls for Laird, the enigmatic son of a notorious billionaire. Soon she learns that Laird, who grew up just a few miles away from her home town, has a secret that could hold the key to her past and future. And she has a secret of her own.

LAIRD is devastated when he loses his mother at age eighteen. Shortly afterwards, he fights with his girlfriend on the way to a party, and they drive straight into a nightmare. They walk away from the accident, but the other driver isn't so lucky. Three years later, Laird is still haunted by that day. When he connects with Amity, hoping to make some kind of amends, he feels something unexpected. And terrifying.

Will Amity and Laird build a relationship that transcends the past? Or will secrets, lies, and guilt tear them apart?

I'm giving this book 3.5 stars. The layout of the book was a little confusing to start with, what with the constant narrative changing. The book is told by the two main characters but the switches seem to be random and sometimes you lose track of who is talking. The story has potential but in its current state something seems to be missing. The angst is fine. Amity seems to have a hard time and you really feel for her, but I feel that she forgave way to quickly. There is a lot to forgive through out the book and although they walk away from each other their reunions happen fast and always all is forgiven without a word. Personally I feel that a bit more fighting and persuasion was needed. 

Overall as it was an ARC I imagine that the few mistakes I came across would be absent from the finished copy and some of the layout might change slightly. The story will be enjoyed by YA and maybe even NA lovers. Its one to add to your TBR list. 

3.5/5 Stars

Guest Reviewed by Charmaine for YA Book Addict

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