Hi All! It’s Becky. I have had mixed reactions to Alex Flinn’s books, some I have truly enjoyed and others not so much. I wasn’t sure what I was going to get with Love, Jacaranda but I was pleasantly surprised.
Title: Love, Jacaranda
Author: Alex Flinn
Note: I listened to the audiobook.
Summary: Jacaranda Abbot has spent most of her life in the Florida foster care system. Jacaranda’s goal is to just get through high school and maybe get to go to college. However, her life changes when a viral video of her singing at her grocery store job leads to a scholarship at an elite performing arts boarding school in Michigan. Jacaranda finds herself in a new world with new friends, enemies, and possibly a love interest.
Review: I have to admit I was hesitant before I started this book. I have had mixed reactions to Flinn’s books. I enjoyed her early fantasy books but her last few have left me wishing for more. However, I found myself slightly charmed by Love, Jacaranda. This is a book that has a very familiar story, Jacaranda is a poor girl who is pulled out of foster care and given a place at an elite performing arts boarding school and we get to follow Jacaranda as she travels through her new life. Normally, this would be a little too similar to dozens of other books and movies for me to enjoy but something about Jacaranda’s joy for every new discovery gave this book a little charm. I enjoyed her excitement over visiting new places and her love of music. I know that there are many readers who will say that the book follows an obvious plot and it isn’t that hard to guess who is her secret benefactor and to those people, I wholeheartedly agree. This book is obvious, the plot, the mystery the romance leaves absolutely no surprises…but it is actually a really cute romcom. I also acknowledge that many people will be annoyed by the format with the entire story being told through a series of emails. However, I enjoyed how the format helped speed up the pacing and made it perfect for reluctant readers. I know that this book isn’t for everyone but for me, in a time where everything is uncertain and the world is a little scary, there was some just nice about reading this simple little story.
Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5