ARC Review: Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

Hi All!  It’s Becky.  I love YA romance with a little bit of a mystery angle so I was excited when I found Emma Mills’ Famous in a Small Town on NetGalley.  The book was just what I needed to help me get out of my reading slump.

35526663Title: Famous in a Small Town
Author: Emma Mills
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Sophie loves her small town.  It has everything she needs, that is, until August moves in next door.  August is mysterious and appealing in a way Sophie is not used to and she knows she wants to find a way to spend as much time with him as possible.

Review: I have been in a major reading slump lately.  I haven’t really enjoyed a book in the last few weeks so I found Famous in a Small Town to be a refreshing change.  This book had everything I needed to get me back on my reading track.  Famous in a Small Town is a sweet love story but also has complex characters with surprisingly deep backstory.  Sophie, her friends, and their small town have a full history filled with happy moments, loss and just a wee bit of scandal.  Their stories and their interactions make the book wonderfully realistic.  Mills created a perfect main character in Sophie.  She is struggling as her world changes in a way that she never wanted but can’t stop.   She is strong with dreams that frighten her and a sad past that makes her feel like a girl that would have been in high school with you.  Her struggles feels so very real and makes her story so very compelling.  Yet, the best part of this book is the connection between August and Sophie.  They move through meeting, attraction, and possibly more with tender moments, spots of confusion, and hurt feelings that makes this book feel like the best kind of teen drama.  Mills’ weaves the story, characters, and small town setting into a love story that hooks you on page one and doesn’t let go until the sweet conclusion.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5

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