Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He’s got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents. Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now.
Jude’s everything she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she’s about to find out, is the only thing she’s incapable of.
For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love’s about to become the thing that tears them apart.
I’ll be 100% honest and say that I had high expectations for lots and lots of ballet going into this book. There’s is like no ballet in it. If you are also looking for ballet in a Mature YA/NA novel I highly recommend BUNHEADS, it’s a fictional YA love story written by a former dancer with one of the big NY ballet companies, but the main girl is 19 so it’s basically NA before NA became a thing.
If you don’t care about the ballet, then you might like this book a lot. I will say, though both main characters are completely insane, at least it’s not a good girl being taken down by a crazy possessive guy. I thought that’s what was happening all the way through the middle but it turns out she’s just as crazy as him. Somehow that makes it better in my head…maybe that’s wrong?
If I had to give the best reader advice possible, I’d say skip this one and go read her new book LOST AND FOUND. I adored that so much.