New England Crush by Pia Fenton
Northbrooke High #2
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: 27th October 2014.
Crushing on the wrong boy – why does it feel so right?
Raven Mackenzie has finally settled into her posh British boarding school when her parents decide she has to attend an American high school for a year just because her older sister enjoyed it – so unfair!
Being a newcomer is never easy, but to her surprise she’s befriended by a group of Goths. She’s teased about her accent and English ways by others, but with the support of friends it’s easy to cope. In fact, everything would be perfect if she wasn’t crushing on the one boy she can’t have – a jock whose current girlfriend will fight for him by fair means or foul (well, mostly foul!)
Liam Donnelly is easy-going and has never given much thought to his friends’ cliquey behaviour. But when new girl Raven quite literally falls into his arms, and his friends do everything they can to keep them apart, he starts to wonder – what’s up with that?
Book Review ~ ‘New England Crush’ by Pia Fenton ~ 5 Stars!
Pia Fenton’s Northbrooke High series is one that I feel I have been waiting for my whole life. Too often YA fiction depicts over-aged teens acting like adults, or at least without any adult supervision, but in this series the adults and parents are the supporting characters, just as they are in real life.
I loved Raven, the younger sister of Rain from ‘New England Rocks’. She was the perfect heroine for this novel, and the trials she faces at her new school are ones that everyone will remember from their own school experience *shudder*. But having her name made fun of, her accent teased and her music choices mocked doesn’t stop Raven from being who she wants to be. Despising cliques, she befriends people from each group, bringing people together.
Her relationship with Liam was so sweet to read. I adored their interactions and the ups and downs they had as they made the decision to be together. Liam’s ex-girlfriend/Queen Bee, Brooke and her cattiness made me wince with memories of the Queen Bee from my own school days.
What really made this book so great to read was the strength of the secondary characters and how every character was so well formed. Nobody was a filler, and they all had a part to play in the story, no matter how little. The Northbrooke High series really showcases Pia Fenton’s fabulous writing in the YA genre.
~ Goodreads ~