Alright... normally I find the 'coming-of-age' genre of novels to be very fun reads. This one, on the other hand, was not what I was expecting. Perhaps it is my fault for basing a book on it's cover, but I was looking for something darker, bolder, more imaginative. While the author surely means well, and I will probably purchase her future releases as her style is sure to grow, I still found it forced in places and the plot-line lacking. I won't give anything away by whining about it, but I will say sometimes things just happen to "pop up" out of nowhere, or other things seem less developed than they should. The foreshadowing leaves no doubts to what will happen. The other major gripe I have is the ending. It is just left so wide open, without any real form of closure (in my opinion). I'm sure others will disagree with my review, but so be it. Given that I could finish it, and the cover photo is soo damn sexy, I'll give it 3 stars. Good for a day at the beach, but not much more.