But this is after she’s already fallen in love with Abel over the summer.
Abel is trapped, with friends he secretly hates, but has chosen to stay with the status quo. It’s just high school, right?
What do you do when the person you love sees the very worst part of you? And how do you help them when they discover their life is a hoax?
I’m not really sure what I expected when I picked up Hoax. Well, I guess that’s not entirely true. Lila Felix spoiled me with Love and Skate and the sequel How It Rolls. Now I tend to expect every book she writes to be a masterpiece. While this book was enjoyable, it just didn’t leave me feeling completely satisfied.
Corrine Novak has spent her life away at boarding school. Her parents are anything but parents. For Pete’s sake they don’t hug her or kiss her goodbye when it’s time to return to school after breaks. Come to think of it they don’t even show up to say goodbye at all. Corrine has had no one to turn to. No one who cares. She’s been on her own in life. It’s funny how one summer can change everything.
House sitting for a rich family for the summer doesn’t seem like a tough job, especially when your parents have just sold their house and are downsizing your life. Oh, surprise! While you’re house sitting a really sexy guy around your age will be fixing up the joint. Doesn’t sound too bad at all. That’s exactly how Corrine meets Abel Collins and a romance is born.
Abel is trying to escape some pretty shady friends. It’s tough to turn your back on your “friends” when you’ve known them most of your life. You’d think it would be simple to go against the bullying, but laying low and keeping your nose out of things just seems to be easier. That is until Corrine. Now it’s time for Abel to face up to what he’s been doing (or not doing) and decide exactly what type of guy he intends to be.
Just when things begin to look up for Corrine she’s faced with some mind blowing news. If changing schools and moving to a new house weren’t bad enough, this new information is enough to rock her world completely. Will she let Abel hold her hand through the hard times or is it just simply easier to push him away and revert back to being alone?
The first half of this novel focuses on Corrine and Abel as they meet and fall in love. Because the book is written from both characters’ POVs, we’re able to get inside their heads. This simple fact helps us understand the choices they make later on in the book when faced with some pretty tough decisions. In the second half of the book, reality hits. It’s time to go back to school and face the music or rather the bullying friends.
If I’m to be honest I really enjoyed the first half of the book, but felt that the second was a bit rushed. I like to have some time with the characters after a conflict has been resolved. This is the second book by this author that has left me feeling this way. I just feel like it ends so abruptly. There is an epilogue. You do find out what happens a couple years later, but again it’s short and sweet.
Overall, I think this was an awesome idea for a story. It was well paced and a very easy read. It kept my attention… I just came away wishing for something more. Don’t go and write this book off. Like I said earlier, I did enjoy it and it’s worth your time to read it. I just wouldn’t move it up on your TBR list.