I really enjoyed this debut book from this author. Lysander is a spoiled rich boy who does too many drugs, has too much sex and has no direction in his life. His father, who is absent most of the time, decides Lysander needs a wake-up call and sends him to a camp for young adults with emotional problems. Lysander's cousin Finn gets sent also, for issues of his own. On the way, the two boys decide each has the better life so they change identities before they arrive. Once there, Lysander realizes his life really is a mess and he needs to start working on fixing things. Lysander also meets Cai, a dark and broody boy in his group who has demons of his own. The story follows the young men's journey to putting their lives back together and to falling in love.
I thought this book was really well-done. The characters were great and I enjoyed them all. There are a host of side characters and I was interested in what was going on with each and every one of them. The story reminded me of the movie "The Breakfast Club" where a bunch of very different but equally broken kids become friends against the odds. The romance was also well-done and I Ioved the scenes with Lysander and Cai together. It was touching watching them fall for each other. The sexy times were super good. These two were smoking hot together.
A really solid, well-done read. A definite recommend from me. I can't wait to see what else this author can do.
Turns out naked and hungover on the floor is not the most strategically sound place to be when your dad comes home early. Take it from someone who learned the hard way: nineteen-year-old Lysander Shepherd--son of movie stars, spoiled brat, enthusiastic proponent of drugs and orgies...and now, unwilling resident of Oak Hill Manor, a retreat for troubled teenagers.
Before he knows what's happening, his designer duds have been switched for tie-dye shirts in therapy team colors, and he is surrounded by an assortment of misfits: a timid nerd, a mute girl, a hyperactive kid...and captivating loner Cai Fields, who is admittedly pretty hot, but seems to hate the world in general and Lysander in particular.
Soon Lysander struggles with lies, withdrawal, and several uncomfortable revelations that he never intended to make, but he also gains surprising amounts of support right in the middle of secret late-night parties, fisticuffs over doing the dishes, and, of all things, croissant blackmail. Even as Cai and Lysander finally give in to the irresistible attraction between them and make a grasp for happiness, their darkest secrets remain--secrets with the power to destroy everything they've fought so hard to have.