Love is everything but expected.
Eden Munro came to California for a summer of sun, sand, and celebrities—what better way to forget about the drama back home? Until she meets her new family of strangers: a dad she hasn’t seen in three years, a stepmom, and three stepbrothers.
Eden gets her own room in her dad’s fancy house in Santa Monica. A room right next door to her oldest stepbrother, Tyler Bruce. Whom she cannot stand. He has angry green eyes and an ego bigger than a Beverly Hills mansion. She’s never felt such intense dislike for someone. But the two are constantly thrown together as his group of friends pulls her into their world of rule-breaking, partying, and pier-hanging.
And the more she tries to understand what makes Tyler burn hotter than the California sun, the more Eden finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn’t love…
I like where this book ended and who Eden ended up WITH, so I’m not sure that I want to read the other books in this trilogy.
Eden got into a pretty messed up situation here, and I’m not that comfortable with the fact that her decisions didn’t lead to any big consequences or fallout. Tiffani may be a little crazy, but she deserves more than a cheating boyfriend and friends who think she’s crazy.
There needed to be more of an explanation about Eden’s relationship with her father, stepmother, and stepbrothers. She’s a high schooler!
I also wish Eden’s friendships back home were addressed more. It’s huge to pack up and leave at the beginning of junior year. I felt unconvinced by the insta-friendships Eden fell into at the beginning of summer. Why would they all suddenly want to include her? Especially considering the fact that Eden was constantly negative and a downer.
I also disliked the way eating disorders were portrayed in this book. It appeared that nothing was worse than being fat, and that belief remained throughout the book. I hope Eden learns to have a healthier relationship with food.
I did enjoy Dean, Rachael, and the stepfamily though. This book was fun, but it unfortunately had a few glaring issues.
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