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Review by Suze
Sloane has made a mistake and the result is that she and her mother moved from New York to Texas. She and her mother left her brother and father behind. Her parents wanted Sloane to be away from every bad influence in her life. Now she has to start her senior year at a new school. NextGen Academy focuses on art and that's exactly what Sloane should enjoy, but she misses New York and hates not being able to see her best friend. Her parents have given her a long list of rules and she needs to follow them to be allowed to move back. One of the things they want her to do is stay away from her neighbor Tru, he's supposed to be trouble and that's exactly what Sloane can't use. Is he really bad news or is he not as bad as Sloane's been told he is?
Then Things Sloane Hates About Tru is a great creative story. I loved that the main topic is art. Sloane and Tru are both incredibly talented and I enjoyed reading about their alternative school, their projects and their discussions about their favorite topic. Tera Lynn Childs describes their work and their dreams in a colorful and vivid way. It was easy to picture both of her main characters. Sloane and Tru are gifted, but they also have their flaws, which makes them appealing. They're fun and adventurous and I loved how passionate they are when it comes to creating. They aren't mainstream and I liked that a lot.
Tera Lynn Childs writes about two characters who don't have it easy at home. She describes their problems in an honest and sensitive way and her story has a good amount of depth. The ending made me curious to read more. Sloane and Tru are a fascinating couple and they're really sweet together. I like the idea of spreading their story over more than one novel, as I think they have plenty of interesting layers. Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru is about friendship, living and relationships combined with a lot of incredible art. There's a bit of mystery involved as well, which gives the story a nice angle. I enjoyed reading this book very much.
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Review by Suze
Sloane grew up in New York and the unexpected has happened, she actually feels at home in her new hometown in Texas. She likes NextGen Academy and loves the projects she's doing there. She has found some great friends at school and the vegetarian food Austin has to offer is amazing. Another thing she loves about her new home is Tru. She's fallen for the boy next door. The only thing she doesn't like about her new start is the fact that she has to miss her father and brother. To reunite the family Sloane has a perfect plan. She's going to organize the best Christmas ever to convince her father to move in with her and her mother. She's told him about her perfect boyfriend and wants to show him she has changed, but is Tru ready to play this part and will Sloane's Christmas actually be as wonderful as she hopes?
Falling for the Girl Next Door is another fabulous story about Sloane and Tru. Tru is struggling and needs Sloane more than he thinks. My heart ached for him. I like that Tera Lynn Childs writes about serious topics that happen to a lot of teenagers in an empathic way without sugarcoating anything. I think that's quite an achievement and it's what I love the most about this series. There are so many emotions that can be picked up by reading between the lines. I admire that about her writing. Tru is still a kindhearted and caring guy, but he's also having problems that are spiraling out of control until he can't deal with them on his own any longer. He's growing up quickly and he's facing his issues head-on, which is something I respected. Sloane is still not ready to share her biggest secret, but someone's trying to force her to go public. She learns a lot about herself and is slowly becoming a complete and mature person. I enjoyed witnessing that process as well.
Falling for the Girl Next Door has a sweet romantic aspect, but it also has a darker side. Those two opposites are perfectly balanced and Tera Lynn Childs writes about both the good and the bad things that are happening to her main characters in an equally captivating way. Her stories are interesting and versatile. I love this series and like the way all the stories are connected. It's an interesting project by different authors and I highly recommend it.
Falling for the Girl Next Door is the fifth book in the Creative HeArts series. Several authors have contributed to it and most of the stories can be read as standalones. I haven't read the books in the correct order and that isn't a problem at all. There's one exception Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru should be read before Falling for the Girl Next Door. They're both an essential part of Sloane and Tru's story.
About Tera Lynn Childs
Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning young adult author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. series, the Forgive My Fins mermaid romance series, the kick-butt monster-hunting Sweet Venom trilogy, and the Darkly Fae series. She also writes the City Chicks sweet chick lit romance series and is co-writing the Hero Agenda series with Tracy Deebs. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.
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