The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

ImageJessica Sorensen writes gut-wrenching, soul-searching, angst-driven YA romance novels. I’m never sure if I like them or if I suffer through them, but I always finish them and feel good, so I guess that’s saying a lot.

This one is about a girl who suffers through very emotionally painful trauma in her teens and the only person who can help her is her best friend Micha who is in love with her, of course. She loves him too but can’t handle it and takes off one night. 

The writing is very nice, the story is engaging and the characters are well-rounded. I have a soft spot for Micha: he’s blond, good-looking, has a lip ring and plays guitar. What’s not to like. 

I reread this book because I saw what I thought was the sequel for a cheap price which I bought. It turns out there’s a book in between, which is $5.99 – a little steep for my budget so I’m wondering if I should buy it or not… 

Anyway, this book will please young readers who like to read about dramatic romances with troubled characters. Maybe I’m a little too old for this one… but I would recommend it to my nieces, for example. 

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