Cassie and James' story was a joy to read. Intriguing from the start, it pulls you straight into the story and does a fine job letting you get to know the characters. You could easily sense Cassie's dilemma and her struggle to break free from her Grandmother's overprotective grip yet all the while she remains respectful and kind. James' story opened a door that let us peek into what the life of a young celebrity might look like and the inevitable struggles that might follow, as well as his own insecurities. The chemistry between the two was sweet, believable and really enjoyable to read without it being the main focus of the story. Each character had to come to different realizations about themselves and make decisions about their future and I believe Tessa Emily Hall handled this very well. The tension between Cassie and her Grandmother was also handled with much grace as well as topics such as depression, suicide and teen pregnancy.
Cassie is an example I would recommend to young adult girls. And I believe parents could also learn a thing or two from the relationships between Cassie and her Grandmother most especially her relationship with her Grandfather (whom she calls Dad). This latter relationship is one that will no doubt put a smile on your face and and warm your heart as you read.
Overall a touching story beautifully rendered by Tessa Emily Hall. But the cherry on top of the cake for me were Cassie's poems and James' song lyrics weaved throughout the book. I particularly loved a song's lyrics and hope it might be produced in the future (a song James wrote for Cassie). It is difficult to describe music or its effect in words while making the reader feel and experience the music but Tessa Emily Hall did a fantastic job with this.
I would definitely recommend.