Author: Christy Sloat
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Formats: E-book and paperback
Cover by: Najla Qamber Designs
Editor: Melanie Williams
Published: Sepember 15, 2014
Summer school at Alcott High was only supposed to gain Sadie Peters extra credit, nothing more. Her goal wasn’t to make friends, or gain the attention of the most popular football player, yet she managed both. Her life was cruising along on course … until that summer.
Could a simple stint in a different school change her identity completely and introduce her to love for the first time? How would that affect her relationship with Lily, her best friend?
Hopefully their friendship was strong enough to make it through the tumultuous summer. Sadie learns that great things come with change, but sometimes memories of the past are hardest to part with.
The characters feel so real; you feel as though you have a relationship with the characters you're reading. I feel like I'm best friends with Sadie, like Nolan was my boyfriend (don't tell my boyfriend that). I felt like I was living inside the story, which is what great books do! Christy Sloat did an amazing job making the story come to life; so much detail and thoughtfulness, you live right along side the characters. The characters still had a slight mystery to them, but you just knew they were real people. And that plot twist was unexpected, I cried for awhile. Great job, Christy. Amazing work!
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance, surprises, and lovable guys.
Five Star Rating
I killed the engine and grabbed my new bag. I refused to go to summer classes with my junior year backpack. No way! I had purchased all new items for the next four weeks. This was a new school and a new chance to actually become someone different. A clean slate. No one here knew me, so my past history was erased. I would be Sadie Peters, popular and outgoing, instead of Sadie Peters, a shy nobody that no one pays any attention to.
I looked up at Alcott High’s newly rebuilt entrance. It was the town’s oldest school, but it held the most history. It was the very first school built in Laurel Lakes when it was a small town. Now that the town has grown immensely, they needed a new school built, and that’s how Ridgeline High, my school, was built. While I liked my school for various reasons, I loved the history of Alcott. To me it held hope and immense change. After a complete and utterly disastrous junior year, I could only see promise staring me in the face.
“Three weeks, Sadie. They didn’t even show up to my doctor’s visit to get the final results.” That made me so sad to hear. How could they do that? He made a fist and hit the dashboard, not hard, but enough to make himself feel better.
I placed my hand on his and squeezed, letting him know I was here and I wasn’t going anywhere.
“Do you ever feel invisible?” He asked looking out the window.
I laughed. Did I ever. My mom worked so much I hardly ever saw her, and my dad wasn’t home anymore. Cara was off to college, and she just thought of me as the silly kid sister. No one at Ridgeline knew I existed, even though I passed them in the halls every day. But instead of giving him that answer, I gave him the one I really felt was true. The one that I felt right then in that moment.
“Not anymore.” I turned to look at him, and he met my eyes at the same time.
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Christy: I went through something similar when I was Sadie's age. I had to make choices and reinvent myself. I also lost my best friend over a boy (not for the same reasons as in the book) but we ended up being stronger people in the end. I was writing a different book when the idea came to me about this one. I had to stop everything and make this book come to life.
TRT: How did you come up with the title?
Christy: It was really about who we are at one point in our lives. I think we all go through a major transformation at one point or another. It’s about who we were and who we are now.
TRT: What were the challenges in bringing this book to life?
Christy: The only challenge was getting my fans to read a book genre I hadn't tackled before. They were so used to me being a paranormal writer. I think it went over well.
TRT: Which character did you fall in love with writing?
Christy: Nolan Rylan. He is pretty much the perfect guy. He's sensitive but he'll protect himself or his friends if need be. He's not a guy you can push around but he's gentle with Sadie. I really wanted readers to fall in love with him, and I think I accomplished that.
TRT: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Christy: This one is easy; editing. Can I tell you that I hate edits? It's like punishment for creative people.
TRT: What are your expectations for the book?
Christy: My expectations are that someone will read this book and it will touch them in a way that they will learn something from it. I always try to put some sort of message in my book that will be a learning lesson or an eye opener for the readers.
TRT: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Christy: That no matter who you are, you can change if you want to. You can reinvent yourself and be who you want to be. There is no one stopping you but yourself.
TRT: Do you experience writer's block?
Christy: Yes. I never used to have it but it started hitting me recently. Probably because I have so many novels running through my head at once! It's been hard to focus on just one project at a time.
TRT: Have you ever written something you hated and had to rewrite it?
Christy: Yes! I think every writer goes through that. I had to stop writing one of my projects and step away because I began to dislike the MC. If I don't like her, why would you like her?
TRT: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Christy: My grandmother read something I wrote about a dog when I was little. She told me I was very creative and that I should keep writing. I've always had a vivid imagination.
TRT: What are your current projects?
Christy: I'm writing a book called Slumber that I am hoping to find an agent for. Fingers crossed for me, please!
TRT: Is there anything you want to say to your readers?
Christy: I love you? Is that strange? Really, I love them! I want them to know that I appreciate all of their purchases and support over the years. It's because of them that I keep writing.