|3.5 Surprisingly Sweet Stars|
You know that girl. The one that the whole school’s social life seems to revolve around. Alice used to be that girl until she decided to quit sixth form college. Suddenly her ‘friends’ aren’t so interested in following her around and her attention-grabbing behaviour is about to get her kicked out of home. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, her world starts spiralling seriously out of control.
Only new friend Zac Newton seems to believe in her. Lifeguard and poolside hottie, Zac is quite literally her lifesaver. But then, he’s never met ‘Malice’, her mean-girl alter ego, and Alice wants to keep it that way. She knows this is her last chance for a fresh start until her sordid past catches up with her at the worst possible moment.
As everything Alice has worked towards comes crashing down around her, she realises that the hardest thing of all is being yourself…
I had no idea that this was part of a series until a few seconds ago. I so can completed attest to the fact that this is a true standalone and you really don't have to had read the first book Popping the Cherry to enjoy this one.
This book is a strange one, Alice is a strange character. She's got two different personalities, Malice the slutty, evil genius who enjoys making everyone else miserable. And Alice the sweet, damaged girl whose desperate for some love, who needs to be saved!!
I know we should all hate Malice, after all she's a bully and a bit of a bitch!!! But I actually love how ridiculous she is. I mean seriously she's a total cliché; she's the epitome of the mean girl. But really she's kind of hilarious!!!
Truth be told we all have a bitchy, mean girl living inside of us. It just depends how often you let her out to play!!
God I want to reach into the book and give Alice a big hug. She brings out all of my maternal instincts. I hate that she's so weary and jaded at 18. The she bitch Michelle has a lot to answer for!!
What I don't understand is why Alice went along with the lie for so long?? I get that Michelle has poisoned her mind for so long but Malice had a massive set of brass balls so I'm just surprised she never told Derek before.
Zac, Zac, Zac talk about a white knight!! He swooped along and basically just saved Alice from herself. I don't think he's your typical hero either; he's just a genuinely nice guy!!!
I actually adore him; it's not a swooning lust thing either. He's the guy I want my daughter to fall in love with.
All of Zac and his group of friends are such lovely people. It's a bit disconcerting at times; I was waiting for someone to do something nasty.
Darren was fab; I think it was obvious to everyone that he was gay. But does anyone else think that Sean may have a bit of a repressed in the closet crush on him???
I'm so glad that Derek was a decent human being; Alice needs some supportive loving people in her life.
Although this is a romance. It's not that romantic. This is more of a beautiful friendship that transcends into love and trust.
I do have some issues with this book though! How did no one put two and two together and make 4??? I mean it's not that big of a leap for anyone to guess who Alice really was.
Also these characters all feel like they are in their late twenties, early thirties. Yet most were late teens or very early twenties!!! Can we all say 'old before their time'
I enjoyed this book, it was unexpectedly sweet.
A girl called Malice gets 3.5 stars from me.