Monday, April 13, 2015

Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt

Book Summary
Before graduation, I promise to...learn to trust. In the first book in the Moment of Truth series, Lyla discovers that trusting her head might be easy but trusting her heart is a whole other matter.
Each book in this paperback original series is told from the perspective of a different girl—Lyla, Aven, and Quinn—former best friends who wrote emails to their future selves back in freshman year about one thing they hope to accomplish before they graduate. When the emails get delivered on the first morning of their senior trip all three girls will spend the next three days trying to keep the promises they made to themselves four years ago. While each book follow’s one girl’s life-changing adventure, you have to read them all to get the whole story, including why they’re no longer friends and whether they can get their friendship back on track.
Lyla McAfee had all but forgotten the email that she wrote to herself freshman year and scheduled to be delivered right before graduation—the one promising that she’d learn to trust by the end of senior year. But when she receives it the first morning of her senior trip to Florida her life is sent into a tailspin. Soon she’s questioning her seemingly perfect relationship with her boyfriend, Derrick; her attraction to the school player, Beckett; and whether ending her friendship with Aven and Quinn, her former BFFs, was one of the biggest mistakes of her life.
The first book in a captivating summer trilogy, Heat of the Moment flawlessly balances romance and humor as Lyla embarks on her totally reluctant but completely irresistible journey of self-discovery. And readers will have a chance to discover whole truth about the fight that ended Lyla, Quinn, and Aven’s friendship in the next two installments of the series, coming out later the same summer!

Flo's Review
I loved Lauren's book One Night That Changes Everything, so I was happy to get a surprise copy of this book from HarperTeen. Like One Night, I went into this book intrigued with the concept. Basically, over the course of the trilogy we will be hearing about the same senior trip from the POVs of three former best friends. Book 1 is Lyla's story. 

Unfortunately, I didn't like Lyla. She came off to me as childish and selfish and her character made me want to cringe. I was hoping that this would be a situation similar to Sam in Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall, where the character would go through significant revelations about herself and changes by the end -- thus, becoming more likable. And she did, a little. But still not my favorite person. I'm glad that the other two stories will not be through her eyes.

But I loved the tension between Lyla and Beckett. It was sweet and hot and so delicious! The scenes between the two of them were fantastic, every time. I also appreciated that this was a light and fast read. I blissfully read through it in one evening.

We got a few hints about what was going on with Aven and Quinn so I'm looking forward to hearing their takes on the events in the next two books.

1 comment :

  1. If you’re looking for a quick, light summer read that’s got elements you’re looking for in a contemporary YA novel, Heat of the Moment is for you.