When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.
Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.
When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.
But sometimes love can breach all barriers.
Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Drix and Elle were absolutely adorable together, and I found myself smiling during pretty much all of their interactions. They were both just so freaking cute, ahhhhh. Katie’s writing style sort of reminds me of Katy Upperman’s, because it focuses a lot on description, similes, and just overall intricate language, and I really liked reading it.
I really liked Drix’s character. I would have been nice if, at some point, him and Elle ran into some of the other people he used to hang out with, to show us a part of his life from before instead of just telling us, and Elle, about it. But overall, he was an awesome and dynamic character, and I loved reading from his POV just as much as I loved reading from Elle’s. Throughout the course of the book, I felt that Elle had lost some of the sarcasm and banter that she and Drix had previously had, and I didn’t realize that until closer to the end of the book when she says something to him that resembled how she used to talk to him. Both characters have great character arcs though.
The stark contrast of Elle’s seemingly privileged life with Drix’s, well, not privileged life, created a great juxtaposition. I also really liked all of the supporting characters, like Drix’s siblings Axle and Holiday, and his neighbors, Dominic and Kellen. They created a great contrast, again, to Elle’s family. I would have loved to see a scene between Henry and Drix, too. Katie wrote a short story about these (and others of hers) characters, but I’m waiting to read it until I read her other books, so that it’ll make more sense, and I can’t wait!
I didn’t realize how much time had passed from May to August. In that sense, it made more sense for ‘I love you’s to be exchanged, but it still felt a bit rushed, since at the time I hadn’t realized how much time had passed. That might’ve been my error, it just felt sort of sudden. Also…a certain scene with a certain furry creature towards the end of the book felt a bit unnecessary, as if the outcome could have been handled differently. I guess it did add to the book, but that doesn’t mean I have to like what happened.
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