Love Me, Love Me Not
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 19th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance,
Family, abandonment, and forbidden romance are at the core of SM Koz’s powerful and emotionally charged novel about a teen who falls for her foster brother.
When Hailey Brown is removed from her home and put into foster care, all she wants is a safe, comfortable place where she can finish school and move on with her life. It’s not easy adjusting to a new school and a new life, but Mr. and Mrs. Campbell and their teenage son, Brad, welcome Hailey with open arms.
As Hailey begins to adjust to her new life, she and Brad grow closer. For the first time, Hailey feels like she might have a real shot at a future. Soon, however, Hailey realizes her relationship with Brad has crossed the line from friendship into something more. But being with Brad would mean giving up the perfect life that Hailey has waited so long to have.
Can Hailey and Brad resist the feelings that are developing between them—or will they risk it all to be together?
Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, SM Koz delivers a powerful debut about the ups and downs of being a foster child.
Hailey is seventeen with a difficult upbringing. Neglected by her mother, she relies on Chase, her boyfriend who appears to be always there for her.
Brad is from an affluent family and the popular guy in his school. He is the quarterback of his football team and has his own dreams, but his father has other expectations.
When Hailey is kicked out of the last of her many foster homes, she is placed with Brad's family. They welcome her with open arms and she finally feels that she has found a home and a family. The friendship developing between her and Brad is comfortable until they realise that there is more to their friendship. The next step is just as natural and comfortable, but there are rules whilst in foster care. Breaking these rules would come with a high cost for Hailey!
Then comes the incident in Brad's home and instantly Hailey becomes "guilty". The disappointment and pain that she goes through is palpable. She is resigned to her fate, but then the truth behind the incident comes to light and although she is relieved, trusting and forgiving evades her. The betrayal doesn't really come as a surprise, but Brad owning up to his mistakes is admirable. His perseverance pays off and it ends on a beautiful note. I enjoyed reading the whole story. Brad and Hailey truly held my attention. I would recommend to readers of all ages.
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