Pages - 213
Published by Piccadilly Press in December 2012, paperback published in April 2013
‘Mia,’ she says, pronouncing it to rhyme with ‘higher’.
I think about correcting her, but then I chicken out. It’s fine. I’ll just have a new name.
When Mia gets a job in a posh health/country club during her gap year, she is strikes up a friendship with the laconic and funny Dan. Dan is also working in the club and keeps Mia amused. However, she soon finds herself drawn to the wealthy bad boy, Jamie. Jamie is the beautiful and privileged Cleo’s boyfriend. Mia knows that her relationship with Jamie is wrong, but there’s something so dangerously exciting about Jamie that she just can’t stop
I’m always intrigued by bloggers who have made the transition to authors so I really wanted to read this book. This is definitely a promising start for Liz Bankes. The book has come out as the right time to capture the New Adult craze that is raging through the blogging world. This is the first British author to write in the New Adult market, and I am hoping a few more will follow suit. Set in a hotel, I was quickly transported from the reality of winter to a sunny summer setting. This really took me back, as the main character had a very similar holiday job to the one I had as a teenager.
The main plot of the book is the romance between Mia and Jamie and it is interesting to see the changes in Jamie by the end of the book.
Mia is a little too innocent for my liking and I struggled with the way she was so easily fooled. I wanted to shake some sense into her. She lies to everyone she knows and she couldn’t see that she was doing anything wrong. I didn’t warm to Jamie or Cleo either as I found them so shallow. They could have easily walked out of Cruel Intentions straight into this novel.
This book clearly shows the reality of the rich kids of today who have too much money and often not enough love from their families. The author has captured how spoilt and cruel they can be.
This book was like the English version of 90210.