Monday, November 28, 2011

Review: Crave

Crave by Melissa Darnell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Savannah isn’t sure why all of her best friends suddenly turned against her back in 4th grade. One day they were all best friends and were staging a pretend wedding between her and Tristan and the next day she no longer existed. Now Savannah is in high school, still pining for Tristan, and still wondering what happened.

Now as Savannah is going through puberty, she is going through some major changes, and her family tells her the truth…so many truths and now it’s painfully clear what happened back in 4th grade. But it doesn’t change the fact that she is still pining for Tristan and Tristan seems to be going out of his way to be in her presence…but that truth remains and Savannah knows she should stay away from Tristan. But what can you do when your head says one thing, and your heart says something completely different.

I started this book to find out what happened in 4th grade…but stayed to see how it was all going to play out. While we never did really find out what happened in 4th grade, it was implied. I’m also still waiting to see how it’s all going to play out…can you say “series”…I knew you could!

One of my all-time favorite stories is “Romeo and Juliet” and this story definitely has that feel. The families descended from The Clann…and this one little family where Savannah’s parents did the whole star-crossed lovers thing before she was born. Yes, history is repeating itself in a big way. You can’t help but feel for Savannah…her family has been keeping some major, life-altering secrets from her, and as a result she is basically a pariah. Tristan is in the same boat…he doesn’t know what the deal is either. He just knows he is just as drawn to Savannah as he was back in the 4th grade…only know he is old enough to start asserting his wishes over those of his parents.

Savannah is very endearing. You sympathize with her as the “outsider”. Then again when she has to battle between head and her heart. Tristan is completely and utterly charming…you can’t help but fall in love with him…and any guy who will beat up his best friend for being an @$$hole is OK in my book.

The story has it’s predictable moments, but overall a very enjoyable and engaging read. I look forward to the future to see where we go after that cliffhanger.

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