Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions #2) by Louise Rozett
Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around…
…but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all…the almost-girlfriend.
When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself. (Goodreads)
Oh, dear. If there is anything I regret about reading this book it’s that I didn’t take the time to read the first. This is something I NEVER do. I can’t watch a show mid-season. I can’t watch a movie I haven’t seen if I miss even two minutes of it. I can’t pick up a book series in the middle. In this case, however, I didn’t realize it was a series until I literally opened it. Then I couldn’t get my hands on a copy of the first, so I read it. And I loved the writing. I loved the characters. I loved their story and oh em gee I wanted to kick myself for not doing it right. That being said, you can totally read this book and follow along without reading the first. But don’t. Trust me on that.
Rose is a wonderful character, sort of frustrating and pig-headed while being so sweet and good-natured all at once. This girl passionately loves the people in her life and she clings so dearly to the memory of her father. She has this interesting attachment to a memorial website she’s set up to honor her dad (he was killed in Iraq eighteen months ago) and she’s developed an odd connection with a woman who frequents the site. Rose’s mom struggles with this. She wants to see Rose heal, but she wants to–in a motherly fashion–control how it’s done. Rose’s older brother, on the other hand, is spiraling, heading down a dark path, and Rose fears for him. And then there’s Jamie and Rose’s nemesis, Regina. Jamie is her big crush, the guy who started something with her in the last book (kicking myself, kicking myself) and just up and went cold on her, and Regina is Jamie’s ex and the girl he still seems to be stuck on. Or maybe not.
I thought the writing here was excellent, so full of beauty and emotion without being overdone or crazy depressing. Rose is a fabulous character, her pain and confusion so poignant and yet she never seemed without hope or beyond help. She is a smart girl with such attitude and she’s beginning to discover herself and her new talent (she sings) and is trying to embrace life in a new way. She and Jamie begin to tiptoe toward a relationship but man, just like real life, so many things seem to get in the way. Their swoony scene were so well done. Jamie, while I’m not totally sure what’s going to happen with him, is definitely that boy you shouldn’t go out with but crush on anyway.
Crush Intensity: 4.5/5 Looking forward to the next book!
Thank you to Harlequin and to Netgalley for sharing an e-galley of this book with me in exchange for an honest review.