Second to No One
Author: Natalie Palmer
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Published: November 19th, 2013
Paperback: 253 pages
Available now through www.nataliepalmerbooks.blogspot.com and tatepublishing.com. Will be released to online bookstores November 19, 2013!
“Things change. People change. Jess and I weren’t above it.”
Gemma’s first year of high school isn’t starting out the way she hoped. Jess is back from California and before she can memorize her class schedule their summer romance comes to a screeching halt. To add to her misery the gorgeous new girl in school also has eyes for Jess and despite Gemma’s unfailing attempts to win him back she keeps finding herself alone.
But when a late night car crash lands her a three month grounding and twenty hours of community service she discovers that there’s more to life than just romance and boyfriends.
Unpredictable and heart wrenching, Second to No One is the perfect continuation to the magical beginning of the Gemma and Jess romance.
Second to No One is a very enjoyable, clean book with lots of heart and lessons for the characters. I really liked Gemma this time around. Jess was a favorite too. The author did a great job of writing with a teenage voice and some of the things Gemma thought in her mind made me laugh out loud. All the characters were well written. Drew gave me a smile lots of times. I really enjoyed the journey Gemma takes in this book. I loved the lessons that she learns too. She gets to know her sister better, steps out of her comfort zone, and most importantly gets to know herself. Gemma has to complete some community service after a late night accident and I loved the scenes at the nursing home and what came from them.
4 out of 5 stars. When Gemma and Jess finally figure things out, they are thrown with more twists and the ending was very surprising. I was not expecting it, and am eagerly waiting for the next book. Second to No One is the sequel to Second Kiss. The author does a great job at catching the reader up, but I would definitely read Second Kiss first.
I am a writer. But more importantly, I'm a mom, which is the best thing I could have ever hoped for in my life. I have three kids who amaze me every day with their little quips of humor and intelligence. I can't really applaud myself for how great they are, though, since I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing when it comes to mothering children. But the fact that they're turning out so awesome and I'm the one that hangs out with them all day makes me feel pretty good about myself.
I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where I was spoiled to have the huge Wasatch Mountains in my backyard. I graduated from the University of Utah with a major in English Literature but that's boring. The exciting part was when I met and fell in love with the boy of my dreams. He wasn’t my first or second kiss but he was by far my favorite and it didn't take us long to figure out that life could never be as good apart as it was together. So we got married and have been living happily ever after ever since.
When I’m not attending to my homemaking and writing duties I love to exercise because it’s the only time that I have an excuse to listen to my music uninterrupted and as loud as I want. I love all different genres of music but I run extra fast when I hear Dashboard Confessionals, Cold Play or Owl City on my iPod. Besides music I love anything that has to do with water including but not limited to drinking it, skiing on it (in liquid or powder form), basking in the sun while boating on it and (these days) lazily dreaming while my kids play in it for hours on end.
So there you have it. I'm a wife, mother, writer and iPod blasting mermaid. While my husband works his brains out I take care of our kids and conjure up storylines and characters and romantic turns of events. And someday, if we're lucky, we'll be as happy as we are now.