Everything in Emma’s life has always gone according to her very careful plans. But things take a turn toward the unexpected when she falls in love for the first time with the one person in the world who’s off-limits–her new foster brother, the gorgeous and tormented Dylan McAndrews.
Meanwhile, Emma’s AP English class is reading Wuthering Heights, and she’s been assigned to mimic Bronte’s style in an epistolary format. With no one to confide in, she’s got a lot to write about. Emma and Dylan try to constrain their romance to the page–for fear of threatening Dylan’s chances of being adopted into another home. But the strength of first love is all-consuming, and they soon get enveloped in a passionate, secretive relationship with a very uncertain outcome.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
A contemporary twist to the classic novel, ‘Wrong In All The Right Ways’ is a book that you will be unable to put down.
Full disclosure: I’ve never actually read ‘Wuthering Heights’. But, from what I do know about the novel, I think this is a pretty awesome retelling of it. I liked how Tiffany made sure to point out the parallels by having Emma and Dylan read the book in class, so the connections wouldn’t go over readers heads who, like me, have never read that book. I just wanted to make that clear in case anything that I write in this review doesn’t match up with the original book or something.
From the start, Emma and Dylan’s relationship was super sweet. I know that he had a lot of problems with his past, but I sort of got the vibe that he was becoming lowkey abusive as the book went on. This is not to say that Emma made all of the right decisions because she definitely didn’t, but still. His moodiness started to mirror that of his father’s, and I didn’t really feel like that was actually addressed in the detail that it maybe should have been. That being said, they were really cute together and I loved that Dylan was an artist. That also really relates to the book cover.
The relationship between Emma and her new best friend Karmin was awesome. Even though she was pretty and popular, Karmin defied the stereotypes that are normally associated with that social role, and I’m totally here for that. She was always supportive of Emma, and just a really great friend to her. So was Karmin’s twin brother, Keegan, although I have to admit, I totally shipped Emma and Keegan.
I found Emma to be very relatable, especially at the start of the book. A lot of her lines are witty, and she was a great narrator who kept me engaged throughout the novel.
Overall, this is a strong debut novel and a quick read–despite being about 350 pages, I was able to get through it in a day.
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