High school is tough, and Arielle knows this all too well.
She’s slightly chubbier than most of the other girls and gets reminded of this every day. And the fact that she’s never had a boyfriend makes her prime meat for the bullying crowd.
But then in walks Blake, the cute new boy who sweeps her off her feet and stands up to her bullies. Instant swoon.
Now with a guy at her side, and the promise of a blooming love, Arielle realizes it’s easy to lose sight of what is important. Her best friend, Jess, is on a downward spiral toward disaster, and Arielle needs to find a way to help her.
Unfortunately, Arielle discovers not everything in life is simple. Sometimes things happen, tragedy strikes, and it leaves you with wounds that might never heal.
It Starts With L was a great YA story. The way the characters spoke and acted really made you feel as if you were inside the head of a teenage girl, which I have found some other books in this genre to lack. The story moved at a quick pace, and kept me wanting to turn the page to see what would happen next.
When Arielle and Blake first met, it was lust at first sight. Their relationship formed and moved very quickly, and Arielle's emotions were all over the place. It reminded me of what it was like to be a teenager with your first crush/love all over again. As we get older, we tend to forget many things about our younger years, and it was refreshing to read a story that pulled you back to those days and make you feel the excitement, and fear, all those emotions brought. I could relate to Arielle's story on so many levels. I absolutely LOVED Arielle and Blake together. The chemistry was incredible.
So many times my heart ached for Arielle. It was like she couldn't catch a break. The story really put my emotions through the ringer at times, and a few of those times I contemplated tossing my kindle across the room because I was so angry with what was happening. There were parts that I never expected, and they completely shocked me when they did. Especially that ending!!!
This was the first story I read by Cassandra Fear, and I cannot wait to read her others!