Author: Michele Bellon
Synopsis from the back of the book
In a decade when image matters, when the so-called Generation X is swelling with ‘future perfect’ hopes and pride, 16-year-old Roshell McRady dances her way through High School, never quite admitting that she’s ashamed of her trailer park family home.
She listens to Madonna while conjuring creative Top Ramen recipes to feed her younger cousins; she empties enough hairspray until her bangs are feathered and vertical like a lethal weapon; and she agonises over how to convince Gabriel Harrison, the new Mystery Guy in town, to invite her to the prom - a night which threatens to turn into a disaster.
But then life takes a dramatic turn for Roshell, and her life changes forever.
Roshell McRady grew up in the 90's where Madonna replaced Justin Beiber, and people wore washed out jeans. Michelle is an awesome writer! She develops characters that the reader can relate to. I instantly felt a connection to Roshell because she was a dancer, like myself. Her dancing makes it hard for her to have time to commit to guys. Roshell develops a crush on Gabriel, the new boy in town. . Roshell has a hard time trusting guys, which leads her to never committing to a relationship with Gabriel. Throughout Roshell's high school and post high school years, her relationship with Gabriel has many ups and down. Just when she thinks it is ok to let go and finally give her self completely to Gabriel, the unthinkable happens. Trust me when I say that you will not see this coming.
I really enjoyed this book because it has many twists and turns, while being an enjoyable read. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, the plot is thrown a curve ball. It was predictable, but unpredictable at the same time. I really liked Michelle's style of writing and I felt like I was reading a story about an old friend. I think that anyone looking for a interesting summer read will enjoy this book. It will keep you wanting to read more and more about Roshell. You can read more about Michelle Bellon and her books at Michelle's website.