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The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no?

And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?
Doesn't that make life a story?

- Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Like Mandarin - Kirsten Hubbard 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.