Emma Preston has the best of it all. She is the daughter of a former Super Model and a Rock n’ Roll legend. But nothing is as perfect as it seems – her parents are divorced and she’s forced to live with her mother, who is more focused on climbing the social ladder of their private Santa Monica community rather than being a mother. Meanwhile, Emma’s dad is off playing rock star.
Growing up in a trailer park with his mother, Jesse is used to being looked down on. When his mother begs him to put an application in for a chance to win a scholarship to one of Santa Monica’s top private schools, he never expects to actually get in. When he does, he is forced to attend school with a bunch of rich kids that he hates. He ignores their stares as they look down on for him for his tattoos and less than impressive car. As long as he has his surf board and the guys at the tattoo shop, he’ll make it through.
Emma can’t help but be intrigued when Jesse shows up on the first day of school. Her mother would never approve if she found out that Emma was talking to someone poor, but she doesn’t care. There’s just something about Jesse that draws her to him.
Jesse tries to hate Emma, but he can’t. Forced to hide their relationship from Emma’s mother and everyone around them, things start to fall apart. When Jesse’s friend, Ally, decides to interfere, things go from bad to worse.
Can they survive their first love, or will they be left with nothing more than Shattered Ties?
“They say opposites attract”, this is completely true when referencing Jesse & Emma. Jesse, is a no non-sense guy with tattoos and a rough exterior. Emma, is what one would think of a typical rich girl. But when they both come together none of that matters, or does it?
I was rooting for these two through out the book. I wanted them to over come what society said was wrong. K.A. did not shy these two away from obstacles whether it was their friends, families or themselves. She made you triple think about what society wants you to feel and consider to be right or wrong. Yes, these characters are young but there is no set age to fall in love and know what you truly want. And these two want each other. BUT it’s not ever simple.
Are their “opposites” too much for them? You will just have to read this lovely story to find out!
I give ‘Shattered Ties’ 4 bright stars!
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