The relationship between Grace and Mandarin is reminiscent of Tracy and Evie in the movie Thirteen
. Grace is young, naive, and wishes to stand out in her small town. At Mandarin's side, she gains notoriety as the only friend of the local beautiful bad girl.
I read this book after loving Hubbard's second novel [b:Wanderlove|9807262|Wanderlove|Kirsten Hubbard|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327877152s/9807262.jpg|14697582]. It's well written and doesn't give simple answers in a right and wrong way, yet I was never really able to connect with the characters. This might be because I myself am not from a small town, so I couldn't relate to the need to find some way to escape, but overall, it was an okay read though not one that will stick in my head for too long.