Gideon Lee - Lisa Orchard

Source: Received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Publisher: esKape Press
Publication Date: Oct. 19, 2014
(My) Format: Kindle ebook
Page Count: 131








Report Card
Characters: C
Character Development: B+
Plot: B
Ships: D
Setting: C
Star Factor: D
Overall Grade: C-

Lark was a brat to her mother. That was the most stand out part of her personality for me. She disrespected her and did pretty much whatever she could to make her mother unhappy. I understand that she wants to know who her father is, but maybe Francine has a good reason for not telling her. Failed relationships aside, it seems like Francine is doing her best to take care of her daughter.
Also, Lark is oblivious to Bean and his issues. He's clearly using drugs, but she refuses to see it. She'll make any excuse for him that she can think up. No one wants their friends to use drugs but when it's undeniable, you have to deal.She's doing the same thing she says her mother does with men.
She is so focused on her music, that she comes off as single-minded, which I think is intentional.
It's difficult to say what I think of Bean, because most the time he's on drugs. It's clear that he's passionate about his music, though.

Character Development
What makes Lark tolerable is her transformation, though slight, through the story. It took about 80% of the book and someone else pointing it out to her, but she sees that she's kind of a difficult person. That's what makes me want to read more. I'm interested in where her relationships go with Francine and Cassie.

There is no epic plot or unexpected twists here. It's mostly the story of Lark pursuing her music and Bean's drug use unfolding.

I think there may be a future for Lark and Bean, but I don't see it as being a good one unless he drops the drugs and she drops her perfect image of him.

Pretty average. Story takes place at a high school. There is very little world building, but the setting is realistic.

Star Factor
There's nothing here that really pops to me. It's not a mind bender or a Think-Outside-the-Box kind of book.