My Summary: Victoria Zell, high school Junior, is an outcast at her new school. For the last year she has been the odd-girl out; being the 29th person in her small high school class. That is until Zachary Zimmerman (Z) joins her class as Number 30. Suddenly Vic feels like she has a friend, one she can connect with. Z and Vic hit it off immediately. Z is charismatic and lovable. Quickly Vic starts to feel herself falling for Z. The problem is Vic has a boyfriend, Andrew. Andrew lives next door, is an agoraphobic homeschooled kid, and an amazing pianist. He and Vic have known each other since they were seven years old and have an amazing friendship. Suddenly Vic finds herself torn between the outgoing, fun-loving Z and the steady, reliable Andrew. Her struggle to decide between the two guys are more than she could have ever thought possible. Who will she choose?
My Thoughts: This story had an amazing “hook”, drawing me in immediately. It opens with such a dramatic event that I found the book difficult to put down, devouring it in just a few hours. The drama between Vic, Z, and Andrew kept me wondering how the book would end – would they end up together or would Vic decide Andrew was the one for her? What I discovered at the end was completely unexpected, leaving me gasping for air.
As for the mechanics of this book, I found the plot to be very well developed and planned. The characters were realistically dynamic and the dialogue was natural. The prose, told in first person POV by Victoria, flowed nicely.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good love story and mystery.
P.S. I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.