Sponsored post: I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to author Michelle Lynn.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
California “Callie” McCoy feels most alive when her feet are planted firmly on her surfboard on a big swell. And one day, she dreams of riding that wave out of her small town. Away from everyone.
Her plan is simple: graduate high school. With Callie's best friend gone away to college, she plans on spending her senior year skating by. She isn’t looking for friends, and especially not for love - all she needs are her waves and her twin brother. Even if he comes with an annoying best friend, Jamie Daniels, who she can’t stand.
Jamie is a care-free, easy-going surfer who has everything. On the surface, his life appears perfect, but reality is far from it. He has his share of secrets, including one that burns deeper than any other. It’s a good thing Callie hates him because if she didn’t, Jamie knows there’s no way he’d be able to stay away.
And then, one night, everything changes. And nothing will ever be the same.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
"I didn't even like her in that moment, but something drew me to her. That mouth. So sweet. It wasn't the first time my lips acted independently of my mind. In fact, that was how I usually operated. But not with her. Now with my best friend's sister, the girl my brother loved."
This was a YA contemporary story about a girl called California.
Callie was an okay character, and I felt quite sorry for her in the way she had lost her mother at such a young age. It was nice that she had a twin brother and best friend for support though, especially when things got tough. Jamie was a bit of a tormented character at times, and I liked that we got to see things from his point of view as well as Callie's.
The storyline in this was about Callie's life working at her dead mother's cafe, and we got a romance developing between Callie and Jamie - her best friend's brother, and her brother's best friend. To start off they weren't really friends, but things changed, and it became clear how they felt about each other, and they did make a really cute couple, even if it did look like there'd be trouble because of their siblings and their feelings.
We did get quite a shocking storyline in here though, which could be a bit of a sensitive subject for some people (highlight to view spoiler - a school shooting in which there were fatalities. ) The story was enjoyable overall though, although the pace did seem a little slow in places. [ a school shooting in which there were fatalities. (hide spoiler)]
The ending to this was not really a happily ever after, but it was an interesting end to the story. The author's note does promise a sequel though!
6.5 out of 10