At Oak Fields Prep, students are expected to attend top-notch universities like Stanford, which can be seen from the school parking lot, but all David Ellison wants to do is attend Julliard and purse an acting career. When new girl Vanessa wins the role opposite David in the school play, he begins to fall for her...despite his relationship with long-time girlfriend Ellen and the need to focus on his audition to Julliard. Will he be lucky enough to get everything he wants?
I liked this book, but it could have been much more. Instead of ending with a deeper sense of himself or the world, David seems pretty much the same, but perhaps that was the author's point. I also thought that while the characters, especially Vanessa's brother, were well-written and authentic, there were some random things thrown in like a lawsuit (that's randomly dropped), a few "friends" who pop in and out without a purpose, and no finality with David.
On the flip side, I couldn't put it down, so despite a few set-backs, this is an engaging read with a few twists I didn't see coming (audition, Vanessa, and The Artist).
Fans of YA will enjoy this book, especially those wanting a book from a male POV. I would have rated this a five-star if there had just been a little more closure at the end.
I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts are my own.