Review & Giveaway! Life, Love & Lemons by Magan Vernon

Life, Love & Lemons

Life, Love & Lemons
by Magan Vernon
Publication date: August 20th 2013
Category: YA
Genre: Contemporary
Source: ebook for blog tour

My Rating:

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When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to say screw the lemons and bail.

Seventeen-year-old Bentley Evans had it all. Then her Dad got laid off.

Now she has to move across town to a small apartment and leave her life of luxury for public school and a job at the local burger place. Just when her world seems like it’s crumbling she finds solace in the unlikely punk boy next door, Kai Stone. But as their relationship blossoms, a jealous ex-girlfriend and a secret to tell that threatens to bring disaster back into Bentley’s life.

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~My Thoughts~

Bentley is going through a rough time, to say the least. She went from upper class to rock bottom in the blink of an eye. From a pleasant private school to a school that requires a security check before entering. On her very first day, before she even makes it into the building, her Coach purse gets stolen out from under her nose. Bee (Bentley) sees nothing good in her immediate future. She worries that her friends St. Christopher’s will stop calling and hanging out with her, but she definitely wasn’t prepared for what really goes down.

Life, Love & Lemons is the perfect title for this book because that is exactly what this story is about. Bentley knows when to turn lemons into lemonade and when to say “screw the lemons.” I could feel her pain as she transitioned from upper class girl to lowly burger joint employee. There was a part when she was at work and her “friends” came in. She was embarrassed to go out in the dining room to sweep in front of them. I don’t know what it is about the teenage psyche that is so delicate, but I vividly remember being in her exact situation. When I was younger I worked at Taco Bell. I was humiliated whenever a group of peers would come in and see me doing menial labor. It was hugely shameful for reasons I may never understand. The author really has a way of portraying the meaning of being young. The characters are realistic and believable, which made it so easy to slip into their shoes. The emotions invoked during this story were vast. I was bummed for Bentley, then angry enough to beat down some of the characters, but my overall expression was a big ol’ smile on my face, which is always a good thing. There were even a few snickers here and there. No, I wasn’t eating candy bars, although that would have been really awesome.

This story is a sweet one, even starting out dismal as poor Bentley had to learn to deal with such major changes in her life. It was a joy to witness the budding relationship between Bentley and Kai. He starts out as just they annoying new neighbor that she wishes would leave her alone and becomes a boy that means something totally different to her. It’s not all roses and rainbows, of course. As we all know, life doesn’t go from craptastic to fantabulous without a few bumps and bruises. This wasn’t a perfect book, as there were things about the writing that I thought were somewhat simplistic, but it is a book I have been dying to read and I consider this a win for me. All fans of YA Contemporary will enjoy this one!

~About the Author~

Magan

Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.

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Wife, mother, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Tammy

    I like the orange, yellow and brown on the cover. Cute title.

  • CeCe

    I have had my eye on this book for a while because the cover is so cute. I am happy to see you enjoyed it.

  • This sounds so sweet and I adore the cover and concept. Glad you enjoyed this one Toni!

  • Elizabeth Parker

    This looks super cute! I’d like to read it.

  • Definitely want to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Bobbye Hope Booth

    Thanks so much for the giveaway πŸ™‚ I will be reading this book soon πŸ™‚

  • SAnn

    Thanks so much for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  • Loved the review Toni. I have the very same memory except the fast food place I was sweeping at was Hardee’s. πŸ™‚ I will definitely be checking this one out. Thanks.