Jamie Monroe has always played it safe. That is, until her live-for-the-moment best friend, Tristan, jets off to Italy on a student exchange program. Left alone with her part-time mother and her disabled brother, Jamie discovers that she is quite capable of taking her own risks, starting with her best friend's hotter-than-hot older brother, Sawyer.
Sawyer and Jamie have been neighbors for years, but as Jamie grows closer to the family she thought she knew, she discovers some pretty big secrets - not only from her, but from each other. As she sinks deeper into their web of pretense, she suspects that her best friend may not be on a safe exchange program at all. Jamie sets off to Europe on a class trip with plans to meet up with Tristan, but when Tristan stops all communication, suddenly no one seems trustworthy, least of all the one person she was starting to trust - Sawyer.
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ABSOLUTELY ENJOYED FOREIGN EXCHANGE!
Great listen but I would've liked a better ending
I knew I was dealing with a YA book but I thought I would still give it a try since it would involve travels to Europe.
For starters, the narrator was really good. A lot of the book took place in Jamie's head and the narrator was able to make the machinations of a teenage mind come to life. Actually, the narrator was too good. I found myself swallowed whole into the how and why of Jamie's thinking.
I liked the listen, Jamie's teenage reasons for doing things notwithstanding. I knew where the search for Tristan, Jamie's best friend, was going (I mean, duh), but it was still a good story.
There were a couple of loose ends, we don't really get a sense of the repercussions for the bad decisions and the HEA was barely one, but it was a good listen nonetheless.
- Dee "I download over 100 books a year. I don't even know how to go about my day without listening to a title. It's my happy place!"