My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Seeing the world through Lia's eyes, I think, this is how I can sum up this book.
From her teenage college life when she was such a bitch, one of those bitches who really isn't a bitch but uses it as a smoke screen. One of those bitches who you hate to have around. Don't we all know or remember one of those in our lives? I sure do.
Moving on in time we see Lia mature, backtrack and move on.
I think this was wonderfully written with a lot of feeling for the character, so much so, I thought she was sitting right by me telling me her story. I couldn't do anything else until I heard how it ended.
Nobody's perfect. Except Lia Copeland. She's flawless. And worshipped. And hated. From her perfectly proportioned figure and enviable bone structure to her instinctual talent for clothing design and cavalier attitude, Lia's the woman every other woman wants to be and every man wants to have. Catapulted from sigh-maker in the high-school halls to superstardom in the fashion world, she makes it look easy. A girl like that has everything; every reason to be happy. Then why does Lia Copeland just want everyone to leave her the hell alone?
Behind the dazzling light of Lia's successes is a dark tale of fear, betrayal and confusion, leaving her with unfathomable anger--and so many questions. Chief among them: why is apathy threatening to take over her life? She forces herself to look to both inside and outside sources of the problem, leading her through a maze of emotions and relationships as she carries out her quest.
From the friends of Lia's youth--her best friend, Maddie, her tragic kinship with Doug, the tangled love triangle between her, Doug's cousin, Chad, and her pal, Wilson--to her later-day bond with her mentor, Jade, and therapist Ruth, Lia discovers the necessity of friendship and forgiveness.
A story about the choices made in the wake of travail and tragedy, it explores relationships with all their messy and marvelous moments and magnifies the beauty, wonder and endurance of first love
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