Author: Elana Johnson
Publisher: AEJ Creative Works
Published: September 15th, 2014
ebook: 279 pages
FTC FYI: Received an ePub copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
High school senior Olivia Winging gave up her love of photography when she gave up her boyfriend, Trevor Youngblood, a year and a half ago. She broke things off with Trevor because her mom married his dad, and dating your step-brother? Creepy.
Livvy hasn’t been on good terms with her mother since, and one of her stipulations for staying at the Youngblood’s every other weekend is that Trevor can’t be there. When she gets nominated for the Junior Photography in Excellence award, Trevor insists she enter. She agrees—only if every photo in the portfolio can be of him. Knowing that Livvy can capture a person’s deepest secrets through her lens, Trevor hesitates before accepting the deal.
As Livvy gets behind the lens of her camera again, her love of photography is rekindled. Unfortunately, the time she spends with Trevor also re-ignites the old flame for him she’s kept smothered for so long.
In order for Livvy to finish her portfolio, she’ll have to face her feelings for Trevor as well as deal with the animosity between her and her mother. Livvy’s always been able to capture a person’s soul from behind the camera—but she’s not sure she likes it when the lens is suddenly focused on her. If she can’t find a way to forgive her mother and admit how she feels about Trevor, Livvy may end up losing more than just the photography contest. She could lose her heart.
This is the second free-verse style book I have read of Elana's and I have to say, she is a master at this. I was instantly taken in to the story. She was able to keep my interest by laying subtle hints here and there about Livvy's and Trevor's past, all while creating a great story. Livvy is trying to find out what love is. Someone she loves let her down and as she tries to pick up the pieces, she needs to leave the past behind her and move on. Quite a few devastating things happen to Livvy. She is kept strong by her amazing dad, sweet sister, best friend, grandma, and of course Trevor. Trevor encourages to do something she loves and doing so, helps her the most. I loved how she grows to learn the truth about someone in particular and learns to love again, and more importantly, trust. I think once she realizes how much love she has around her, she recognizes that it has always been there.
Content: some language, but nothing I took offense to.
4 out of 5 stars. Elana's new name is "Master of the free-verse". Her first free-verse style book Elevated is free! Something About Love reads quick, is fast-paced and very, very good.
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