*We received an ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
If only a pile of wayward curls and the inability to stay on her feet were seventeen year-old Foster Kelly’s most pressing concerns. Unfortunately, stubborn hair and clumsiness are just the tip of it. At the age of five when Foster is told, “You don’t belong here,” it was only a mistake, but the result is one broken heart. These four carelessly spoken words have shaped and shadowed Foster, and now—a senior at Shorecliffs High-school—she seeks the wallflower’s existence, denying herself the most casual of friendships, much too afraid that someone will see what she believes is certain: she does not belong anywhere—or with anyone.
This reality would continue to suit her just fine; however . . . Love has a long-standing history of undoing broken hearts.
Like a comet, an unexpected arrival knocks Foster out of the crowded, starry sky, sending her directly into the limelight. Exposed and afraid, she will attempt to regain anonymity; but it isn’t so easy now that someone is watching. He pursues this shy enigma, confronting Foster’s deepest fears head-on, and in the process falls wholly and completely in love with her. But there is something he is not saying . . . a secret capable of certain ruin. Either he will break her heart once and for all, or he will heal it.
In the end, though, it is Foster who must decide if she is worth mending.
What We Thought. . .
As a avid lovers of the written word, Heather and I both read all the books sent to us for review, but rarely do we read them at the same time. As as I beat Heather across the finish line with this one first, I won reviewing rights! Hahaha. Sorry, I teased my blog partner that I would gloat in this post! 😉
First and foremost let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed Awakening Foster Kelly by Cara Rosalie Olsen. This was a self published debut that we were fortunate enough to receive for review. And as with some self published novels, this one has some grammatical errors and the occasional editing snafu. If you’re an extreme grammar nazi who can’t focus on anything but that, this might not be the book for you. I, myself, can be one at times, but the beautiful story that Olsen wonderfully tells could get me to look beyond this being written in neon orange ink and pig Latin!
One of the great things about Heather and I reading at the same time was our ability to discuss the book as we were experiencing it simultaneously. We both agreed on our favorite thing about this book. While Foster is the shy, awkward character like in other story lines, and she meets an engaging guy, Dominic, who challenges her to come out of her shell, Foster comes into her own because of herself, and she does it in her own time. There were moments I wanted to shout at the page because I wanted to tell Foster the things that I knew better for her. But Olsen’s way is real and refreshing that it doesn’t reinforce that often unintentional message that a girl needs a guy to be complete or completed by.
I adore a book that has secondary characters that you love just as much as the central characters, and sometimes more. Twins Jake and Emily do not disappoint. You will laugh them firmly into your heart.
And Dominic. Oh, how I am a sucker for the damaged, tormented boys. I won’t lie. Initially, Dominic’s antics didn’t immediately make me fall crazy in love with him, but as I read and learned his secrets, a love for him burned in my heart that I will never be rid of.
And the ending?! Heather and I never saw it coming! It was clever and had us wanting to go back and reread chapters with our new perspectives!
While AFK is a long one, I promise once you are submerged in, you’ll be surprised at how you’ll think that all those pages seemed hardly enough. So take the journey with Foster, Dominic, Jake, and Emily. You’ll be better for it.
4 out of 5 stars!
About The Author. . .
Cara Rosalie Olsen believes she would have made a fine hummingbird, as she struggles with sitting still and enjoysinordinate amounts of sugar. If she wasn’t a full-time writer she would have liked to join the cast of Saturday Night Live, or, taken over as CEO of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. She lives in Southern California with her patient husband, Michael, and her scrumptious pooch, Bella. Her writing has been featured in literary journals, Hogglepot & Lightning Cake. Her debut novel, Awakening Foster Kelly, is now available where books are sold.