Source: Received to Review
Genre: Contemporary YA
Book Description: “Things change. People change. Jess and I weren’t above it.”
Gemma’s first year of high school isn’t starting out the way she hoped. Jess is back from California and before she can memorize her class schedule their summer romance comes to a screeching halt. To add to her misery the gorgeous new girl in school also has eyes for Jess and despite Gemma’s unfailing attempts to win him back she keeps finding herself alone.
But when a late night car crash lands her a three month grounding and twenty hours of community service she discovers that there’s more to life than just romance and boyfriends.
Unpredictable and heart wrenching, Second to No One is the perfect continuation to the magical beginning of the Gemma and Jess romance.
My thoughts: This book begins three months after "Second Kiss" ended. Gemma believes that life will continue as planned after Jess returns from working in California for the summer. Unfortunately for her, things rarely work that way. Miscommunication and understanding take their relationship off course.
I had to keep reminding myself that the characters are 16. When you are 16, the world revolves around you and can be very dramatic. Gemma is a typical teenager. I found this book to be engaging and interesting to read. It takes me back to a time in my life that I am glad is over.
I hate to admit that once again I have not finished the book. I have a good start and I will have it done shortly after this review posts. I will have the full review posted as soon as I am done. I intend to finish. I want to find out how story plays out, the description above indicates a depth of plot and character that I am intrigued to find out about. (It would be nice if life stopped getting in the way of my reading time!)
Here is a link to my review of "Second Kiss". I would definitely suggest that you read it before digging into this one.
About Natalie: I am a writer. But more importantly, I'm a mom, which is the best thing I could have ever hoped for in my life. I have three kids who amaze me every day with their little quips of humor and intelligence. I can't really applaud myself for how great they are, though, since I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing when it comes to mothering children. But the fact that they're turning out so awesome and I'm the one that hangs out with them all day makes me feel pretty good about myself.
I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where I was spoiled to have the huge Wasatch Mountains in my backyard. I graduated from the University of Utah with a major in English Literature but that's boring. The exciting part was when I met and fell in love with the boy of my dreams. He wasn’t my first or second kiss but he was by far my favorite and it didn't take us long to figure out that life could never be as good apart as it was together. So we got married and have been living happily ever after ever since.
When I’m not attending to my homemaking and writing duties I love to exercise because it’s the only time that I have an excuse to listen to my music uninterrupted and as loud as I want. I love all different genres of music but I run extra fast when I hear Dashboard Confessionals, Cold Play or Owl City on my iPod. Besides music I love anything that has to do with water including but not limited to drinking it, skiing on it (in liquid or powder form), basking in the sun while boating on it and (these days) lazily dreaming while my kids play in it for hours on end.
So there you have it. I'm a wife, mother, writer and iPod blasting mermaid. While my husband works his brains out I take care of our kids and conjure up storylines and characters and romantic turns of events. And someday, if we're lucky, we'll be as happy as we are now.
About Second Kiss: “Even my most humiliating moments seemed funny somehow when I told them to Jess.”
Gemma Mitchell is a normal girl who somehow gets herself into abnormally embarrassing circumstances. And while she thinks she's the biggest loser in school because of them, there are a few people in her life who would disagree. One of those people is her best friend, Jess Tyler, who is opposite to her in every way. He's popular, good looking, athletic, and intelligent, and he can't get enough of Gemma. But while Gemma is dealing with problems like wrong locker combinations and Valentine's Day dances, Jess is living in a world of serious issues that are foreign to Gemma, until she realizes that he's holding on to her for dear life.
Humorous and true to life, Second Kiss is an entertaining saga about a boy and girl who find that their lives have a lot more meaning once they have shared them with each other.