Something About Love
Author: Elana Johnson
Release Date: September 25th, 2014
Publisher: AEJ Creative Works
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Format: e-book, Received from author in exchange for an honest review
High school senior Olivia Winging gave up her love of photography when she gave up her boyfriend, Trevor Youngblood, a year and a half ago. She broke things off with Trevor because her mom married his dad, and dating your step-brother? Creepy.
Livvy hasn’t been on good terms with her mother since, and one of her stipulations for staying at the Youngblood’s every other weekend is that Trevor can’t be there. When she gets nominated for the Junior Photography in Excellence award, Trevor insists she enter. She agrees—only if every photo in the portfolio can be of him. Knowing that Livvy can capture a person’s deepest secrets through her lens, Trevor hesitates before accepting the deal.
As Livvy gets behind the lens of her camera again, her love of photography is rekindled. Unfortunately, the time she spends with Trevor also re-ignites the old flame for him she’s kept smothered for so long.
In order for Livvy to finish her portfolio, she’ll have to face her feelings for Trevor as well as deal with the animosity between her and her mother. Livvy’s always been able to capture a person’s soul from behind the camera—but she’s not sure she likes it when the lens is suddenly focused on her. If she can’t find a way to forgive her mother and admit how she feels about Trevor, Livvy may end up losing more than just the photography contest. She could lose her heart.
I have heard of the Possession series by Elana, but I never knew she wrote anything else. When I was asked if I would like to review this book for her, I had to take the chance.
This book is written in verse. I wasn't sure how I would feel about it, but it worked out pretty well. I had a hard time getting into the writing style at first, but once I got it down, I was hooked. Since it is verse, it was a rather quick read.
The story line was really good. It was all believable. Though I did have a hard time picturing Livvy with really short hair. I wasn't able to see her that way, when I did, I saw her as a boy. It was weird.
I enjoyed Livvy as a character. I know how she feels. I have been in the position where instead of saying how I feel I would just hold it all inside. I myself have been working hard to fix that about me. Livvy's character flows really well throughout the writing. She has her moments where you want to strangle her, but it isn't in a bad way. She is just written so well that you can feel all of her emotions and what she is thinking in that head of hers.
I really liked Trevor. You didn't get a big glimpse of him as a character other than he has girls that chase him all the time. You don't get to experience anything other than that about Trevor except when he is with Livvy. The book is short in the way that it is in verse, so it is understandable to not get everything about every character.
The message in this book is very powerful. I think every teen out there should read it and understand the pain of others if they don't have pain in their own. I would be very surprised if there was a teen out there that wasn't hiding some sort of pain though.
This is my first book by Elana, but I know it won't be the last. I will definitely be reading more by her very soon. I hope all of you give this book a chance. It is a wonderful book with an ending that will make you sigh with happiness.