Be the Girl by K.A. Tucker ~ Review & Teaser (@kathleenatucker)

This was such the sweet read, but it was one of self growth as well. I liked seeing Aria settle in a new town and build a stronger relationship with her mother, as well as Emmett and Cassie next door.
Be the Girl
Title: Be the Girl
Author: K.A. Tucker
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: January 21st 2019

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Almost sixteen-year-old Aria Jones is starting over. New postal code, new last name, new rules. But she doesn’t mind, because it means she can leave her painful regrets behind. In the bustling town of Eastmonte, she can become someone else. Someone better.

With the Hartford family living next door, it seems she will succeed. Sure, Cassie Hartford may be the epitome of social awkwardness thanks to her autism, but she also offers an innocent and sincere friendship that Aria learns to appreciate. And Cassie’s older brother, Emmett—a popular Junior A hockey player with a bright future—well … Aria wishes that friendship could lead to something more. If he didn’t already have a girlfriend, maybe it would.

But Aria soon finds herself in a dicey moral predicament that could derail her attempt at a fresh start. It is her loyalty to Cassie and her growing crush on Emmett that leads her to make a risky move, one that earns her a vindictive enemy who is determined to splinter her happy new world.

I know that any time that I pick up a book by K.A. Tucker, that it's going to be a hell of an emotional ride. She writes about subjects that we all would’ve faced at some point in out lives and the struggles feel real as the characters story grows. Be the Girl was not an easy journey, but it was good to see the characters grow and learn throughout the story.

I loved seeing the way Aria was willing to start her life over in a new town with her mother. It wasn't easy, but the growth in her was amazing and the tolerance she had for people made my heart soar. She developed a sweet friendship with the girl next door, Cassie and they spent a lot of time together outside of school.

Aria's story unfolded slowly, as she came to a new town where she didn't know a soul. The relationship with her mother grew stronger and the pressure of what they had left eased. I enjoyed seeing the bond with Aria and Emmett strengthen, growing from friendship into something more.

K.A. Tucker sure knows how to weave a tale that will keep you wanting more. I thought I had the story pegged, until the little twist was revealed. I enjoyed watching the characters grow and all the relationships strengthen throughout the story. It truly was a read that will stay with me for a while to come!
Now this would be a birthday to remember!

“Thank you. For the gift. You didn’t have to, but I love it.”
“Yeah? How much.”
“Like, I really love it.” I tease the seam of his mouth with my tongue.
His sharp intake of breath tells me he likes that, so I do it again.
“The door’s open,” he whispers, echoing my earlier warning.
“We’ll hear the stairs creak.” I offer a shy grin a second before it’s smothered by his lips.
Years from now, if anyone asks me what I did for my sixteenth birthday, I’ll tell them I kissed Emmett Hartford. That’s all I’ll remember, and it will have been the best birthday of my life.

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K.A. Tucker
K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.

She is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Oprah Mag, and First for Women. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. KEEP HER SAFE made Suspense Magazine's Best of 2018 list for Romantic Suspense.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto.

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