New England Rocks by Christina Courtenay.
New England Rocks #1
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance.
When Rain Mackenzie is expelled from her British boarding school, she can t believe her bad luck. Not only is she forced to move to New England, USA, she’s also sent to the local high school as a punishment.
Rain makes it her mission to dislike everything about Northbrooke High, but what she doesn’t bank on is meeting Jesse Devlin …
Jesse is the hottest guy Rain’s ever seen and he plays guitar in an awesome rock band!
There’s just one small problem … Jesse already has a girlfriend, little miss perfect Amber Lawrence, who looks set to cause trouble as Rain and Jesse grow closer.
But, what does it matter? New England sucks anyway, and Rain doesn’t plan on sticking around …
Christina’s Highland Storms won the 2012 Historical Romantic Novel of the year award. Her novel The Scarlet Kimono won the Big Red Reads Best Historical Fiction Award and was short listed for the Festival of Romance Best Historical Read Award 2011.
Book Review ~ ‘New England Rocks’ by Christina Courtenay.
I’m a huge fan of Christina Courtenay’s work, so I had high hopes when I heard that she had written a Young Adult book. I was not disappointed, New England Rocks is one of the finest examples of contemporary romance for young adults that I have read in many years.
As a young adult, I was an avid reader, much like I am today, but there were times when I felt a little let down by some of the books in the same genre as the characters and stories just seemed unrealistic and I couldn’t identify with the hugely exciting and adult-like things that the characters seemed to be doing. But for me, New England Rocks was a book that my teenage self would have longed for, to be able to identify with the characters and the every day goings on of High School.
The writing style was an absolute joy to read, as it got to the real nitty-gritty of the story and the characters without going into any unnecessary detail which can be the cause of trouble finishing a book for young readers. I absolutely adored the characters, especially Rain, as she was just such a fun girl. I loved how she began as slightly spoilt but after meeting Amber, became less likely to draw attention to herself. Seeing the two girls who both were used to getting what they wanted, become mortal enemies was brilliant, and I liked seeing how this changed Rain throughout the novel.
Oh and Jesse. What can I say about him? What a hottie. It was brilliant to see his development throughout the novel. I loved the way that his thoughts were expressed throughout the story, it was so perfectly male and made me roll my eyes at time at how he could be so clueless.
I adored this book and it was just so easy to read! I loved the way it flowed so well and how the story and character development was paced just right. A real joy to read.