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It's been awhile since I've done a proper 'Book Spotlight' and I'm excited to share today's book! I've been in a weird reading mood lately.. YA contemporaries seem to be my main interest, there's always something special about reading a good coming-of-age story.
Alterations by Stephanie Scott was the perfect weekend read!
This book is full of everything we love about contemporaries; young love, self-discovery, family, and a little drama. Our main character, Amelia, comes full circle as she goes on a journey to discover who and what she truly wants in her life.. And I loved every minute of reading her story!
Goodreads Summary // If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they'd think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn't know that all the plans she's made for them are just dreams, and that she's the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family.
When Amelia's abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can't imagine leaving Miami -- and Ethan -- for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan's awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app.
As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all. . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The "new and improved" Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and a choice she never dreamed she'd have to make.
As soon as the book begins we learn that Amelia's grandmother has enrolled her in a fashion internship, which Amelia had always planned on applying to but never did. Learning that made me feel as if I knew Amelia a little better. She's shy and insecure, and like most teenagers she's a little unsure of what she wants out of life. She's extremely passionate though. It was inspiring to see her passion for every aspect of her life, from her family to becoming someone in the fashion industry.
Amelia decides to leave behind the comfort of her home and attend the internship at NYFI. This part of the story was incredibly interesting! I loved reading how hard she worked to achieve her goals. There were also a lot of strong girl friendships, guys! I love when any strong friendships are represented and I'm happy this book didn't disappoint me. Amelia gains a lot of new friends at NYFI and they each brought something to Amelia's life. All of her friendships felt genuine and relatable, especially as they continued to encourage one another to reach their goals.
As the story progresses, we start to see more of Amelia outside of the shy and insecure girl we first met. New York changed her, in a good way, and as she's feeling more confident she heads back home to Miami. There's a lot of changes in Amelia's everyday life and with her relationships. Which the drama brought something to the story while managing not to be so dramatic or cheesy, and I appreciated that.
The Laurenti brothers, I should probably talk about Ethan and Liam.. I actually didn't really care for Ethan's character, to be honest. Liam on the other hand, he was definitely dorky and swoon-worthy! I love a good slow-burn relationship because they are always sweet and adorable in every way. The story always stays focused on Amelia though, and how she learns to stop living in her daydreams and appreciate what's right in front of her.. And that is very much present in her love life as well.
I really enjoyed all of the characters though! This is a perfect book to pick up if you're looking for a diverse read. The characters each develop in a natural way as the story wraps up. Amelia had the biggest transformation, going from being an insecure girl who was too afraid to live in the present to a confident girl who did nothing but appreciate all that she had in that moment.
The epilogue was perfection! Stephanie Scott is a fantastic writer and did a wonderful job showing the importance of loving yourself first and allowing that love to help you appreciate the people in your life. I highly recommend picking Alterations up on December 6th!
5 out of 5 stars