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Monday, March 17, 2014

Book Review of Awakening Foster Kelly by Cara Rosalie Olsen

If only a pile of wayward curls and the inability to stay on her feet were seventeen year-old Foster Kelly’s most pressing concerns. Unfortunately, stubborn hair and clumsiness are just the tip of it. At the age of five when Foster is told, “You don’t belong here,” it was only a mistake, but the result is one broken heart. These four carelessly spoken words have shaped and shadowed Foster, and now—a senior at Shorecliffs High-school—she seeks the wallflower’s existence, denying herself the most casual of friendships, much too afraid that someone will see what she believes is certain: she does not belong anywhere—or with anyone. 

This reality would continue to suit her just fine; however . . . Love has a long-standing history of undoing broken hearts.

Like a comet, an unexpected arrival knocks Foster out of the crowded, starry sky, sending her directly into the limelight. Exposed and afraid, she will attempt to regain anonymity; but it isn’t so easy now that someone is watching. He pursues this shy enigma, confronting Foster’s deepest fears head-on, and in the process falls wholly and completely in love with her. But there is something he is not saying . . . a secret capable of certain ruin. Either he will break her heart once and for all, or he will heal it.

In the end, though, it is Foster who must decide if she is worth mending.

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

I freakin' loved this book!! I stayed up way too late on several occasions to finish it. Way to hard to just put down. It's a long book, but don't let that scare you. Totally worth reading. I was so captivated from the beginning and the pacing was great! For a larger novel, it felt like a short one due to the pacing of it. 

The ending was totally unexpected and I was really caught off guard. I had to stop and think for a little while and just kind of take in what was going on.  Foster is an amazing character and fun to read about. Seeing her come out of her shell and grow was wonderful. All of the supporting characters helped the story along very well. 

I would say this isn't a typical young adult novel. There's more depth to it than just your average teen drama. Yes, a young adult would enjoy this novel, but as a 29 yr old so did I! I think we could all learn something from Foster Kelly.

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