Isadora Rivers feels trapped. Her small town high school is suffocating her. Another day of wannabe gangsters, dumb jocks, and Barbie clones, and she'll just lose it. Her keen emotional sensitivity is to blame. She sees through all of the poser behavior to the pain and insecurity simmering just below the surface, and it's overwhelming. She feels like she's literally drowning in other people's emotions.
This same sensitivity, however, makes her a great actress. Suffocating or not, her high school is one of the top arts schools in the country. Acting is not only her passion, but it also looks like her way out. If she can just score the lead role in the school play, she might get herself noticed by a Hollywood agent. But she's got a strong reckless streak, and it keeps getting her in trouble and jeopardizing her chances.
Riding her bike at top speed, she swerves in front of a car and nearly gets hit. The driver, Tristan Blake, turns out to be the mysterious new boy at school. He's rebellious, broody, and wise beyond his years. He's also devastatingly gorgeous. From the moment their eyes meet, Isadora is irresistibly drawn to him. But as soon as he enters her life, things go horribly wrong. She begins having disturbing visions full of unimaginable glamour and unbearable darkness. He knows things about her he shouldn't. And he's somehow so familiar. As he at turns pulls her close, and then pushes her away, Isadora feels like her heart is being twisted and torn.
She soon discovers that her whole future is in jeopardy, and her only hope is to stay away from Tristan. But how can she turn away from the only boy she has ever loved? As a harrowing event looms closer, one that threatens to rip apart her psyche, Isadora must reach deep inside herself and find the strength to change her own destiny. But is she strong enough to do it?
Plot: Right from the beginning things are exciting. Isadora can feel a special connection with the new, mysterious boy, Tristan. Does he feel it too? He's not very consistent with his emotions and it leaves poor Isadora very confused. Then there's the visions she keeps having leaving her thinking she's going insane. I was constantly frustrated with both of the charcters but in a good way! I got into the story and felt what the characters were feeling. In that way I knew the plot was well written. She created tension and emotions nicely and she kept me constantly wanting to read more.
Character(s): Isadora is a strong, independant girl who feels constantly trapped. One thing I really liked about her is that she was flawed. She would do stupid things and she wasn't a prefect strong character. She would lose her temper a lot and get really shy sometimes. She was relatable and I loved that about her! Sometimes I wanted to yell at her for being stupid but that's what made me care for her so much.
Cover: The cover is very simple and I think it's perfect for this story. The shading and lighting is very pretty. I like the feeling it gives you for this book.
Closing Thoughts: This book definitely deserves a four out of four. There realyl was nothing I could complain about for this. The plot line was amazing and really cute. The characters were strong and probably my absolute favorite thing about this book. The author uses emotions and senses and lets you really feel the book which is great, too. The tone was mature and well written and I absolutely loved this book! I definitely would reccomend this to everyone.