{Book Review} PLAYLIST by Laura Clark

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{Book Review} PLAYLIST by Laura ClarkPlaylist by Laura Clark
(Website, Facebook, Goodreads)Series: Westbrook #4
on May 12th 2016
Pages: 328
Format: eARC
Goodreads
four-stars
Avery Brookes seems to have it all. She's popular, smart, and gorgeous. Everyone at Westbrook High wants to be her because she's as close to perfect as it gets. Or so it seems. . . .

Avery is Ivy-league bound, but only if she lands the scholarship she has her eye on. Everything is on track until she gets her first bad grade. Without an A in this class, she can kiss that scholarship goodbye.

An unexpected extra credit opportunity might help her land the A she so desperately needs. That is, if she can keep her schoolgirl-crush fantasies in check. After all, she’ll be working with Westbrook's hottest male teacher, Mr. Channing. With him barely out of college, and Avery on the way, it’s easy for her to dismiss their small age gap. Will she be able to keep their relationship strictly professional?

Kyle Patterson swears that his player ways are a thing of the past. He’s a sophomore in college now. He wants to be in a committed relationship with Avery Brookes, his sister’s best friend, but she isn’t convinced of his transformation. What does he need to do to prove that he’s serious? Will Kyle be able to capture Avery’s heart before someone else claims it?

I enjoyed returning back to the town of Westbrook. Even though Laila’s choices frustrated me quite often, how her story came to a close in Laws of Motion made me squeal with delight. Avery was always there, her best friend that had her own love issues, some even entangled with Laila’s. When I learned that Avery would get her own chance to tell her story, I couldn’t wait for it to arrive on my kindle. I started it almost immediately.

Trust the warning at the beginning of the book. There are mature themes in this installment of the series, and while the characters that I fell in love with in the first three books are still there, they have different roles.

I liked Avery when I met her. Her role as Laila’s best friend added a lot to the series, especially when she dated Trevor. However, that time has come and gone, and Avery was ready to move on. She had always been in love with Kyle, and I couldn’t wait to have him play a large part in the story. He had even a smaller role than Avery, but he intrigued me. Needless to say, I’m team Kyle. Avery’s relationship with Conner Channing, consequently, didn’t bode well with me. Partly because he was a teacher and partly because something about him didn’t sit well with me. He was charismatic and older. The age difference, while Avery argued that it didn’t matter that much, really picked at my brain. I could see the numbers in real life, work them out as an actual equation involving real people, and…well, go Kyle!

Kyle…ah, I really liked him. He had a distinctive voice, one torn between wanting to return to his old ways because of loneliness and a strong need to move on and become better. He started out as Laila’s brother but became so much more. I finally saw him as the guy that Avery had fallen “punch drunk in love” with. I witnessed a guy willing to change. My heart broke for him when nothing went right, and I want him to have a happy ending.

If I didn’t know how their senior year turned out (the epilogue in Laws of Motion is right before graduation), I would be a lot angrier with Laila. She and Sam always had an infuriating relationship (sorry for devout lovers of Sam—Trevor has all of my heart!). She didn’t play a big part, and the few times she did, I wanted to hit her over the head and shout, “What are you doing? Trevor is great!” Nevertheless, the sane part of me knows that Trevor will prevail—I’ll probably just fall off my chair in anticipation before then. No big deal.

I highly recommend this series. It fits in the upper young adult category, however, and rightly so. I’m interested to see how Avery’s story ends—definitely Kyle’s. While you don’t have to start with Distraction, I would suggest reading Laila’s story first. (I’m rooting for more books written in Laila’s perspective, anyway!)

Playlist establishes itself in the Westbrook series, a new story with the characters that you loved in the first three books. This town is proving to be full of drama!

Moriah (1)

 

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About Laura Clark

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Laura Clark loves to read, design, and write. Convinced that she is really just a seventeen-year-old girl at heart, it’s no wonder that she is writing Young Adult fiction. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, daughter, and son. Her passion for writing fiction dates back to early childhood, when she first learned to put a pencil on paper. Being able to share her passion and imagination with readers brings her the greatest joy. The Westbrook Series began as a short story that morphed into a book. Before she knew what was happening, the characters took on a life of their own, and as a result, the series was born.

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