Sixteen-year-old Flannery Malone has it bad. She’s been in love with Tyrone O’Rourke since the days she still believed in Santa Claus. But Tyrone has grown from a dorky kid into an outlaw graffiti artist, the rebel-with-a-cause of Flannery’s dreams, literally too cool for school.
Which is a problem, since he and Flannery are partners for the entrepreneurship class that she needs to graduate. And Tyrone’s vanishing act may have darker causes than she realizes.
Tyrone isn’t Flannery’s only problem. Her mother, Miranda, can’t pay the heating bills, let alone buy Flannery’s biology book. Her little brother, Felix, is careening out of control. And her best-friend-since-forever, Amber, has fallen for a guy who is making her forget all about the things she’s always cared most about — Flannery included — leading Amber down a dark and dangerous path of her own.
When Flannery decides to make a love potion for her entrepreneurship project, rumors that it actually works go viral, and she suddenly has a hot commodity on her hands. But a series of shattering events makes her realize that real-life love is far more potent — and potentially damaging — than any fairy-tale prescription.
WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.
When I first started reading this book, I was a bit hesitant about it. I couldn’t relate to the main character, or any part of the storyline. But I pushed through. And it was worth it.
Most of the story is about Flannery’s social life. Her best friend Amanda, her school projects, and the famous Tyrone. And because of this, the theme of friendship is very present in the book. There is anger, hurt, jealousy, competition. Something that lots of teens deal with on a pretty much daily basis. At a first glance, romance seems like a major part of the book when in fact it is just a coming of age device in Flannery’s life. That was refreshing, when most of the time romance is presented in books as the most important thing in a teenager’s life.
But there is also a lot of stuff going on at home. It mostly centers around her mother. They’re broke. They don’t have a lot of money, and Flannery is frustrated by this. Especially when her mother buys her little brother toys but won’t give her the money to get a textbook for school. Flannery sees her mother as a selfish mess, but soon enough she learns that her mother is just like her – scared, confused, and trying her hardest.
While the book’s synopsis mentions potions one of the main parts of the book, it isn’t. Flannery making potions is merely what she is doing in school while she falls out with her friend, is frustrated with her crush, and deals with things at home. But it is a cool idea, especially when people start to think they work.
In the end, this book is a enjoyable coming of age contemporary book that I believe a lot of people would like.
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
This book was really enjoyable, and I’m glad I finally knocked this one off my TBR list.