Drunken brawls. One-night stands.
No-show interviews. Toilet-papering my hoity-toity neighbor’s house.
Insulting my fans. Trashing hotel rooms.
What’s it take to become public enemy number one?
I just told you.
I’ve done all that and more.
My poor conduct got me on the Celebs Behaving Badly list
and ultimately ruined my career.
From the world’s number-one popstar to world’s most hated.
That’s me. Ten Stark.
Go underground, they said. Stay out of the spotlight.
Most importantly, stay out of trouble.
Everyone loves a good comeback story.
For once, I listened.
I met someone who didn’t know my name,
my face, or the bad behavior that defined me.
She taught me I wasn’t who everyone thought I was—everyone including me.
Then someone whispered my name and things got messy, as they always do.
Now I want her back.
I’m not a caterpillar, but a butterfly.
My wings are in full color, not just black and white.
But first, I have to shed my cocoon and fly.
Cambria Hebert quickly climbed my auto-buy author list last year, and she has yet to disappoint me! She writes such intricate, deep characters with some amazing stories. I feel like she is one of those authors that not enough people know about.
The Story. Ten has fallen from grace in the eyes of the world and takes solace in the small New York town where he used to spend his summers with his cousin, Nate, and Uncle Derek. The game plan is for him to keep his head down and get his head on track before making his comeback. He doesn’t expect to meet a girl who sees him for who he is…not the pop star he has become. The only problem is she has no idea who he is to the world. Violet is content in making her art and battling a disease that no one realizes she fights everyday. Stark comes barreling into her life making her feel like the most important person in the world. He makes her feel as though he truly cares about her and how she feels on a daily basis. She tells him her secrets, but he withholds a pretty big one from her…his name.
I really loved this story and plot. I thought it was brilliant and had such a good feel to it. The writing was fantastic and it was very easy to read. Most of the time, mistaken identity plots bother me because I know it is going to blow up in their face, but I actually didn’t mind this one. It was perfect because they really got to know each other and grow in each other before the inevitable blow up happened. Their story was beautiful and I loved watching it develop.
Ten Stark. This boy needed to hit rock bottom in order to grow into the man he became. Stark felt like he was drowning in the sea of fans, managers, labels, press, and became increasingly withdrawn until it all went away. He found himself again in the little town that has always felt like home. He found himself again in the girl who saw him and made him want to be a better man. He found himself in his music again. He was a caterpillar who became a vibrant, beautiful butterfly. Stark was beyond sweet and protective of Violet and the illness she hides away from the world. He was always there to pick her up even when she didn’t want him to. I really really loved Stark. I think he was the shining character in this story for me.
Violet. Violet was a character that I related to a lot for a lot of reasons. I loved her personality and the way she stood up to people. I felt like I struggled with Violet each and every time she felt sick or felt anything because of her illness. Her optimism and positivity and independence was awe inspiring. Violet is used to people just seeing her surface where people can’t tell she even has an illness, but she is taken aback when a hot, poor college student who drives a broken down Jeep takes an interest in her. She isn’t used to guys taking the time to research her illness and her medications so that he can better take care of her. Violet had her own growth in this book that I loved following as well.
I highly recommend this book to those who love: college romance, music, deeper reads, independent heroines, and redeemable heroes.
Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars!