Wednesday, 30 April 2014

{Review} Awakening Foster Kelly Cara Rosalie Olsen

Awakening Foster Kelly Cara Rosalie Olsen 

Published on 26 June 2013
Genre: YA Romance
Page Count: 672

If only a pile of wayward curls and the inability to stay on her feet were seventeen year-old Foster Kelly’s most pressing concerns. Unfortunately, stubborn hair and clumsiness is just the tip of it. It was only a mistake, but when at the age of five Foster is told “You don’t belong here” the result is one broken heart. These four carelessly spoken words have shaped and shadowed Foster, and now—a senior at Shorecliffs High School—she seeks the wallflower’s existence, denying herself the most casual of friendships, much too afraid that someone will see what Foster believes is certain: she does not belong anywhere – or with anyone. This reality would continue to suit her just fine, however . . .

Love has a long-standing history of undoing broken hearts.

Like a comet, an unexpected arrival knocks Foster out of the crowded, starry sky, sending her directly into the limelight. Exposed and afraid, she will attempt to regain anonymity; but it isn’t so easy now that someone is watching. He pursues this shy enigma, confronting Foster’s deepest fears head-on, and in the process falls wholly and completely in love with her. But there is something he is not saying; a secret capable of certain ruin. There are two probable outcomes: either he will break her heart once and for all, or he will heal it.

In the end, though, it is Foster who must decide if she is worth mending.

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Disclosure: I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Firstly, I must warn that this book is super long... More than 600 pages of awesome goodness. The author has a way with her words, making her characters seem alive and real. I was sucked into the book just like that, swept by the emotions of the characters and their relationships. The twist at the end made my jaw drop and I was a little confused but got it once I re-read the plot twist portion. I thought "That's a good one there!". Be prepared to get caught off guard by the book.

The beginning was a little slow, showing us all about Foster Kelly and how she was a social outcast and "invisible" in school (how nobody could see her in school was beyond my understanding). I love how natural her new friends, Jake and Emily, are! The twins are simply so funny, always bickering but fiercely loyal. Whenever Jake is in the picture, there's bound to be some sibling arguments and they felt real! Foster's parents are wonderful people as well. The author really knows her way with characters.When Dominic came into the picture, I was really irked by his reaction to Foster because he outright refused to be her Senior Piece partner and left the classroom without even an apology or backward glance. What a jerk! Then again, the author made Dominic charm his way through my heart through his actions. His story was revealed nearer to the end and it nearly broke my heart! What a sweet guy he is.

Awakening Foster Kelly is a book on a girl's journey through friendship and friendship. It is also a story on accepting yourself for what you are. It's a beautiful story, though a little long, but it captured the essence of the characters. I'd say it's really worth reading the book and take time savoring it. 

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  1. I love loyal friends. I feel like there are not enough of them in YA. This book is a monster! I will have to remember to set aside a good amount of time to read it when I get to it. I do love the cover.

    I'm glad you enjoy this one :)

    Great review! :)

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

    1. Thanks Michelle! The twins are really fun to read! Hope you will have a chance to read them. :)

  2. WOW!!! What a very cool story and I love that there's a plot twist and great supporting characters. My only turn off is the length of the book. I have such a short attention span that I don't think I could last. Especially with something that's a contemporary - I worry that a teen wouldn't stay with it either. I'll have to look into this one, though!!!

    Awesome review!!!!!!

    1. Thanks Kristin! The good plot helps to keep me interested and I spread it oit over a few days to finish the book. I highly doubt I could finish it in one seating. *laughs*