Very Bad Things (Briarcrest Academy, #1)
by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Very Bad Things takes place at a private high school that caters to the elite. The subject matter; however, is anything but juvenile! Nora Blakely looks like she has it all. Of course, looks can be deceiving. She is bright and capable. Further, coming from a wealthy and powerful family, she is on track to attend Princeton as a legacy. But Nora carries with her many secrets, and is barely holding it together. At nineteen, she is exhausted from the expectations of perfection, and makes a list of all the bad things she plans to do. Alas, she sets out determined to complete her list... that is, until she meets the love of her life.
At 25, Leo Tate is every girls dream--tall, handsome, well-built, and successful. He is responsible for raising his younger brother after losing his parents. And to avoid more pain in life, he has just one rule: never fall in love. But when he meets his younger brother's high school classmate, Nora, he is drawn to her. Still, he resists. (It is less taboo than it sounds, although it is a bit shocking in the story.)
I read this book like a fiend, and almost finished it in one night! It was just so good, I couldn't wait to get to the end to see what happened! I read some mixed reviews, which surprised me. My impression was that of a great book! And I would totally recommend it. There were some tragic moments, but I didn't feel like they were gratuitous or unnecessary to the story. It was tragic, but it had humor, love, and a plot with depth and inspiration. I would highly recommend it!
Reviewed by Kelli