Description: Ellie Sweet is a lot of things—good girl, novelist, silent adorer of the new boy at school, Palmer. But when “outcast” gets added to the list, she decides it’s time to take reality into her own hands … and tweak it as needed.
In the pages of her book, she’s Lady Gabrielle, favorite of the medieval Italian court. Her once-friends are reduced to catty ladies-in-waiting, and the too-charming Palmer—who in real life never spares her a second word—gets to be nothing more than a rake wracked by unrequited love for her. She even has a perfect real-life villain in the brooding Chase, who hails from the wrong side of town.
But just when she’s getting along great in her fictional world, the real one throws her a few curves. With Chase pursuing her, Palmer wanting to date her—but in secret—and the details of her manuscript going public, Ellie suddenly receives more attention than she ever really wanted. And when her former-friends discover what she’s been writing, they’re determined to teach Ellie a lesson about the severe consequences of using her pen as her sword.
"Right? Or is writing like everything else in my life where I don't quite measure up?
Loved, but not quite the Gabrielle they had in mind.
Fine for hanging out and talking with, but not cool enough to include in plans.
'Perfect,' yet not someone to be seen with.
Why did I think writing would be any different?"
I am pretty sure that this is the first book I have ever highlighted parts from, ever. I found myself reading it on my kindle thinking, "I wish I could mark this somehow... What, I can!". It was like Stephanie followed me around through out high school and wrote about how things had made me feel. Okay, so my years of HS did not have as much drama, but I still connected with everything Gabrielle felt.
Gabrielle is smart, sarcastic, and feels invisible. Not only is she suffering through school and not-so-nice-friends, but she is trying to get published (something I am doing now as well). The writing and re-writing, making things work, and feeling anxious about people reading her work. She is someone I really want for a friend.
This is an amazing read for any bookworm and any girl who has felt the same as that quote. I am so glad that I read it.
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