By: Kim Culbertson
Mara James has always been a perfectionist with a plan. But despite years of overachieving at her elite school, Mara didn’t plan on having a total meltdown during her calculus exam. Like a rip-up-the-test-and-get-escorted-out kind of meltdown. And she definitely didn’t plan on never wanting to show her face again.
Mara knows she should go back,only she can’t bring herself to do it. Because suddenly she doesn’t know why she’s been overachieving all these years. So Mara tells her mom she wants to go live with her estranged dad in Tahoe. Maybe in a place like Tahoe, where people go to get away from everyday life, and with a dad like Trick McHale, a ski bum avoiding real life, Mara can figure things out.
Except Tahoe is nothing like she thought it would be. There are awesome new friends and a chance to finally get to know Trick, but there are also still massive amounts of schoolwork. Can Mara find a balance between the future and the now, or will she miss out on both?
This was a cute, fluffy read. If you need a pick me up I highly recommend it. I’m trying to find more unique and diverse reads and this just had one too many clichés and troupes in it for my liking. She was the it girl, everything was going right until she decided to go with the flow. Her father is absentee. There’s a love triangle. I think my review might be a little harsh because of my hate for clichés. I feel like we needed a little bit more character development with Mara. There wasn’t anything extraordinarily special or unique about her. The love triangle had a bad boy and a good boy, both seeming a little flat. I just would’ve liked more. They just seemed like cliché, textbook contemporary characters. The world building was good though, I enjoyed the landscape and description of skiing and the mountain lifestyle. It was very gorgeous and made me want to go skiing for the first time.
I did enjoy the freshness of a winter, skiing landscape. I really haven’t seen them in many books. The characters were cute in the end and the romance was slow. If you need a fluffy read on a winter day or even a summer day I recommend this.
About the Author:
Kim Culbertson is the author of Catch a Falling Star; Instructions for a Broken Heart, a Northern California Book Award winner; and Songs for a Teenage Nomad. When she’s not writing young adult novels, she teaches high school creative writing. Kim lives with her husband and their daughter in Northern California. For more about Kim, visit http://www.kimculbertson.com.