When I read the description of this book I was excited about it, because it reminded me of some of the contemporary books I loved, like Catching Jordan, Perfect Chemistry, and Pushing the Limits. I read it quickly, two days (and less than 24 hours including sleep) and I was greatly pleased with what I ended up reading. There are two kind of romances that I like in books. One is between two best friends, and the other (did you guess?) is when the two people who fall for each other DESPISE each other. This was the latter of the two situations. Now, I know absolutely nothing about golf, which was a large part of this book as well, but thankfully the terminology the author used was simple enough that I could figure it out (there was actually a glossary in the end of the book, but seeing as it was an e-ARC I didn't know that until I got there). This is the author's debut YA novel, and I loved the fact that she decided to delve into the Native American heritage in the book, which is something that sometimes authors shy away from. The two things that brushed me the wrong way were 1) that the main boy character kept screwing up. You were inside his head, and he KNEW he should have done or said something different, but he didn't, and that ticks me off beyond reason. 2) The main boy characters best friend is an ASS. I don't care what he's been through, in the real world you do what he does you get arrested, or at least suspended/expelled. What I did love was the relationship between the characters, the fact the book had smaller little sub-plots going on around it, the dual POV, and the golf (because despite not enjoying golf it did further the story greatly. As a whole I was greatly pleased with the novel, and will be picking up the "sequel" involving some minor characters from this one. I also hope to see these two main characters in book two, because that's always fun!
Out January 31, 2013
4.5/5 dust spirits
*Thanks to Harlequin Teen for the e-ARC in return for an honest review.