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Publisher's Summary

There's a lot Ariana isn't allowed to do...
Ariana has never had a boyfriend. After meeting Carlos at a quinceanera party, she wants one. But her parents, who grew up with the traditional ways of Mexico, simply won't allow it.
And she just decided she doesn't need permission anymore...
Ariana is ready for the freedom that comes with having a driver's license. But she must convince her brother, Jimmy, to not say anything when she starts seeing Carlos behind their parents' back, and even then, having a boyfriend isn't what she thought it would be. Because Carlos is still hurting from his past.
Is she ready for the consequences of her decision?
Ariana never would have guessed finally having a boyfriend would come at such a huge price. She doesn't know how long she can keep up the lie to her parents. And she never realized how much her heart might have to pay if this relationship isn't something Carlos is ready for. When Carlos starts showing her just how damaged he is, Ariana isn't sure she's ready for this either.
©2013 Yesenia Vargas (P)2017 Yesenia Vargas
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5 out of 5 stars
By Donna Wiebe on 06-15-18

A good girl gets a boyfriend! But is he a bad boy?

This is a great story about teenage love. She is a naïve, good girl who figures that he is a grown-up. After all, she is turning 16, only two years away from being an adult. She should be able to start making her own choices. So when a guy starts to like her and wants to be her boyfriend, the rules of her parents should no longer apply. But, does she have the knowledge to realize if he is a good guy or a bad boy? An interesting tale. I really enjoyed the ending where the author talks about the background of the story and how it came to be written. I also enjoyed the narration of the book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Shakera Blakney on 01-08-18

Give "Better Off" a Chance!

I thought this was an interesting story of a girl from a strict family. I thought the writing was good, but at times it dragged a bit. There were a few moments of predictability. Overall, it was pretty good.

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