Sunday, July 21, 2013
Reluctant celebutante Bee had everything that second tier fame could offer—and hated every bit of it. In search of an identity of her own, not some media creation, she takes off from LA with nothing. Bee discovers that one week can change everything. She may even have a chance at love. But is it real or just another illusion?
I won this e-book in a giveaway about 2 months ago and finally had a chance last night to read it...
Amazing YA by a new author. Loved this story!!!
Loved that One Week is truly a YA. Also loved that the author wrote the teen characters as actual teens.
Truly a delightful little gem.
The plot is simplistic in that it stays focused on the immediate occurrence taking place without bogging it down with sub plots. Again, loved that because it gives you excellent dialog through out the story and between the two main characters. A really good insight to what makes them tick.
Bee is a 17 yrs old spoiled rich girl, leads a very sheltered life, is immature, naive, inexperienced in the ways of the world, and has no clue about boys, attending an "all-girls" school will do that to you. Her father is a Hollywood producer and has his own ideas who Bee should be. Needless to say, their relationship is distant and has become strained over a lie her father perpetuated in what he believes is for her own good. Her father has put Bee in a very uncomfortable situation and Bee runs away thinking her father doesn't love "her" but the idea of "her".
Because this was a spur of the moment decision, Bee is completely unprepared. She has no cloths or cash with her, only her father's charge card. She is hesitant to use it because he will be able to track her down. She comes up with the logic that she will take a train to leave California and then use the card when she is far enough away. So she thinks.
At the train station, she is completely clueless and has no idea where she actually wants to go. She decides on a rail pass that takes her "east".
She encounters Jess, who she refers to "Goth Geek" based on his looks. Jess is a student at UCLA and is on his way back to New York, his home.
Bee and Jess are from two completely different worlds. And it is those differences that drive the plot. They wind up traveling together due to some very realistic circumstances.
The characterizations completely flowed in that these two disliked each other on "sight". Very typical attitude of kids. They got to know each either, liked each other and hated each other at times as well. And through it all, had each other's back regardless of what the other was feeling. Their budding romance was completely endearing it that it was so typical of teens. The insecurities, doubts, and misunderstandings.
The story is rounded out with some great secondary characters that were very realistic and I could believe meeting along this crazy road trip.
The ending was a bit quick but again, realistic. There was healing, discovering ones self and understanding.
Really a great coming of age story told within an excellent plot.
One of the best YA's I've come across in a while!