Heat of the Moment – Lauren Barnholdt


Before graduation, I promise to…learn to trust. In the first book in the Moment of Truth series, Lyla discovers that trusting her head might be easy but trusting her heart is a whole other matter.

Each book in this paperback original series is told from the perspective of a different girl—Lyla, Aven, and Quinn—former best friends who wrote emails to their future selves back in freshman year about one thing they hope to accomplish before they graduate. When the emails get delivered on the first morning of their senior trip all three girls will spend the next three days trying to keep the promises they made to themselves four years ago. While each book follow’s one girl’s life-changing adventure, you have to read them all to get the whole story, including why they’re no longer friends and whether they can get their friendship back on track.

Lyla McAfee had all but forgotten the email that she wrote to herself freshman year and scheduled to be delivered right before graduation—the one promising that she’d learn to trust by the end of senior year. But when she receives it the first morning of her senior trip to Florida her life is sent into a tailspin. Soon she’s questioning her seemingly perfect relationship with her boyfriend, Derrick; her attraction to the school player, Beckett; and whether ending her friendship with Aven and Quinn, her former BFFs, was one of the biggest mistakes of her life.

The first book in a captivating summer trilogy, Heat of the Moment flawlessly balances romance and humor as Lyla embarks on her totally reluctant but completely irresistible journey of self-discovery. And readers will have a chance to discover whole truth about the fight that ended Lyla, Quinn, and Aven’s friendship in the next two installments of the series, coming out later the same summer!


This is pretty sad to admit, but I’ve outgrown Lauren Barnholdt’s books. There was a time when I loved everything she wrote. But that was years and years ago.

Now, it all seems so juvenile and inconsequential. Her characters are bratty, insensitive, and superficial. The whole story feels shallow. I do not care about the characters and what they go through. There is way, way too much teenage angst.

I wish her books were more meaningful. I don’t know how I used to like her stories so much. I think another issue is that it’s just gotten so tired. All of her protagonists act the same way. They all have the same insecurities and care too much about what others think of them. They have “no chill.”

Perhaps I’m generalizing here and I don’t remember everything clearly. But this story was definitely frustrating and I felt like I was persevering just to get through this book. I stopped reading several times. Lyla was just so annoying. She truly deserved whatever happened to her.

Related Reading

  • Camp Boyfriend – J.K. Rock
  • The Sound of Us – Ashley Polston
  • Books by Lauren Morrill (aka great premise, poor execution)

Rating: 1/5


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