The first story in this series was a fun read with a modern twist on Cinderella so I was really looking forward to this follow up and it did not disappoint. This story follows the same group of friends established in the first book (although this one can be read as a stand alone) and follows Tori, the seemingly perfect cheerleader, and the cute new guy Noah who manage to dislike each other on meeting but once they get to know one another this quickly changes. I really liked that in most YA stories Tori would be the mean girl, and this story does talk about her more mean moments, but instead we get a well rounded and very non-perfect character, showing that no matter what a life may look like from the outside every is dealing with their own things. This is definitely a lesson that Noah needs to learn and Tori also needs to learn that there is more to life then the merry-go-round she is on and to really think about what she wants out of life. Highly recommended with serious themes of drug use and body image but no sex.
I'll admit, I was extremely lucky to find the first book, #TheRealCinderella for free on Bookbub And boy, am I so glad I didn't just buy it and wait millions of years to read it!!
I feel in love with Ella and Jesse and her #BFF squad. They are so lovable and adorable to read about!
But the character that I found so interesting and mysterious from the start was Tori Rodriquez Tori isn't like Ella, or Harper, or Lena or anyone really from the squad. She's a cheerleader, like The Cheerleader, the one who is popular and loved by basically everyone, and who does not hang out with girls like Ella
But, Tori has many masks that she keeps on everywhere she goes, and reading about her in the previous book was only a small taste of who she is
This story is about Tori and her perfect yet imperfect life.
Tori has a reputation to maintain, as a favourite of her grade, and almost guaranteed to win Junior Prom Queen, she has to be focused on finishing the school year with good looks, good grades and make a win for Cheerleading Nationals. And as Co Captain of the team, everyone looks up to her
On the outside Tori has everything in life. But it isn't long before we see the true form of Tori
Which mainly occurs with the encounter of the new boy in school, Noah Thomas, who is everything Tori stays away from. Because a girl like her, is never seen with boys like him And yet, the more she spends time with him, talks and argues with him, she can't help but be pulled in my his constant bickering and smirking at her
But is Tori willing to open up to some complete stranger and be who she always want to be, just Tori?
I swear this was such a heart warming yet heart breaking tale! We see how much Tori suffers from the pressures and expectations that are expected from her, both in school and at home. I really felt sorry for the girl, because I can easily see many girls who are just like Tori, suffering the consequences of their actions to be perfect and not let their facade fall
Those special moments with Noah was a beauty to read. It was real, it was comfort and it was precious
This is a story about love, about trust, about forgiveness and letting go and being free.
Truly a remarkable sequel to a beautiful series!
And there is promises for a third book! Harper's romance with a bad boy ;) oooohh I cannot wait!
I received a copy from the author herself, for an honest review, thank you! <3