Sometimes it’s so nostalgic to read a high school love story. It reminds me of my crush on Jordan Catalano and the first time he kissed me in his car when he gave me a ride home from school. Oops, that wasn’t me, that was Angela Chase… But I was still crushing on Jordan right along with her.
This book gave me that kind of feeling. The main character Daria has a major crush on Penn ever since he kissed her outside of her dance class when she was 14. However, she had done something terrible and he hated her for it, so despite going to different schools, she was a cheerleader and he, a football star so she avoided him whenever they were near each other.
Until his mother passes away on his birthday and his stepfather throws him out. Daria’s parents take him in and Penn swears revenge on Daria. Daria is sort of misunderstood, in that she is often a victim, but when cornered, instead of trying to explain herself or tell people what is going on with her, she lashes out viscously. She ends up hurting people and then feels tremendous guilt for her actions.
Daria has strange ways of dealing with the guilt and nobody really understands her, even her family. They don’t even try, except maybe her Dad. Until Penn begins to try. He then starts to see her in ways nobody else does, and he sees how other people treat her when nobody else seems to care.
I couldn’t put the book down and I really liked some of her friends, Vaughn, who is the son of Vicious will probably have a good story. He is quite the man-whore but also is a fighter and an artist who is very selective about his friends. Knight is another friend of Daria’s who looked out for her as much as possible, though she didn’t let him see the real her. He is the son of Dean and is a cool guy so I hope he gets a book as well.
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