Anything to Have You
by Paige Harbison
Release Date: 01/28/14
Summary from Goodreads:
Nothing should come between best friends, not even boys. ESPECIALLY not boys.
Natalie and Brooke have had each other's backs forever. Natalie is the quiet one, college bound and happy to stay home and watch old movies. Brooke is the movie—the life of every party, the girl everyone wants to be.
Then it happens—one crazy night that Natalie can't remember and Brooke's boyfriend, Aiden, can't forget. Suddenly there's a question mark in Natalie and Brooke's friendship that tests everything they thought they knew about each other and has both girls discovering what true friendship really means.
I didn't exactly run around with this type of crowd when I was in high school. The parties described in this book made me think more of my college years. Yet, I know that high school can be like this for some people.
Natalie is like the beautiful Goody Two Shoes. She has an amazing relationship with her single father. She is cerebral and thinks there is more to life than just partying. It's easy to get sucked into the scene, though, especially when your best friend is the queen of it and you realize that you are lonelier than you thought. She makes a really bad mistake, one that will change her life forever, and risks losing everything.
It's easy to see why Natalie is drawn to Aiden. The two of them have a lot in common. Sparks have flown between the two of them from the very beginning. But the bombshell known as Brooke got in the way. She's always the life of the party, the opposite of Natalie. Brooke is really messed up, not really sure what she wants out of life, always fighting with her parents, and doing whatever she can for attention, regardless of the cost to herself and her relationship with Aiden. In some ways, it is hard to understand why Natalie and Brooke are best friends. Then again, opposites do attract and can balance each other out.
It's sad to see so many lies and so much deceit going on between friends, but it does happen. All you can hope while following their stories (which are told from both points-of-view), is that they can figure out what is the truth and how to salvage their friendships within their group. They have a lot of forgiving to do and to ask for, from each other, their families, and others involved in the sticky situation that develops.
This isn't one of those YA reads that is light and fluffy. It also isn't so dark and depressing that you want to curl up into a ball for a few days after finishing it. It's a mix of the two and was still an enjoyable way to pass a few hours.
Paige Harbison recently graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts. She grew up on the outskirts of Washington D.C. She spends most of her time with friends--who give her constant inspiration for characters--and calls it research. The rest of her time is spent writing, painting, and following all of the worst TV shows.
5 print copies of Anything To Have You (US and Canada only)
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