ARC Review & Giveaway: Heath, Cliffs, and Wandering Hearts by Laura Barnard


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Life for sixteen year old Savannah Franks has just been turned upside down. Her Mum’s business has failed and they’re forced to move into a maisonette in the rough end of town.

She doesn’t want anyone to know her dire situation, not even her besties. So when the rest of the money for the school ski trip is due she can’t be seen not to attend. Everyone is going! She just needs to find a job. Add that to the list of getting a boyfriend and losing her pathetic virginity.

But working every spare hour in a job she hates on top of school work and mounting secrets doesn’t prove easy. Soon she’s keeping so many she’s not even sure herself what’s true and what’s not.

The only person she can lean on to tell the truth is her best friend Heath.

Only…did he get hot recently? That won’t make things awkward between them…right?

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author

+++This book does contain some adult situations and what may be triggers for some individuals. 

Heath, Cliffs, and Wandering Hearts is that quintessential British coming of age comedy much in the vein of the beloved Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series. Full of quirky, awkward moments, blunt commentary, and tons of drama, Heath, Cliffs, and Wandering Hearts is that fun read that’s perfect to sit back and relax with. 

PROS:

  • Teenagers flail. That make stupid choices, they’re super awkward, and they deal with very real consequences of their actions. They’re constantly worried about not moving fast enough, moving too fast, and how their peers see them. Laura Barnard totally captures that atmosphere of teen angst and insecurity. The world is real, vibrant, and full of lively, unique characters who will definitely leave a lasting impression. 
  • Savannah is a mess. She’s frazzled, she’s clumsy, so has no clue what she’s doing and is constantly embarrassing or injuring herself. I loved that about her. In a YA world where girls need to be strong, fierce, and independent, Savannah is not. She’s just Savannah, a normal teenage girl wandering along trying to sort out her feelings and get through everyday drama. Her voice is strong.
  • The ANGST. The drama. It’s out of this world. It floods off every single page. 
  • Heath is adorable. He’s attentive and playful and hot and always there for Savannah. He truly is a goofy knight eager to come to her rescue. You may feel the need to shout at the book, to tell Savannah to wake up, ignore that other fool and make a move. The tension is high and the wait is long, but…FIRE. 
  • While some of the comedy was mild, other times it was laugh-out-loud, shake your head at how ridiculous this is. If you’re looking for a feel-good, light read this is definitely something you should check out. 

CONS:

  • Some of the humor fell a little flat. The timing was off or it felt forced in the situation. 
  • The typical teenage trope of promiscuous and jealous, hot ex-girlfriend was the big villain. 
  • One scene really bugged me because it was brushed off and not properly dealt with and then the dialogue between characters about it afterwards was just (it was real because that’s how some idiots think, but still) frustrating. Plus, it didn’t feel necessary to the story. There was enough build up and pent up emotions anyway. I know I’m being super vague but I don’t want to spoil anything and the scene can be triggering to some. 

authorLaura Barnard lives in Hertfordshire, UK and writes romantic comedy or ‘chick lit’ as its so often described. In her spare time she enjoys drinking her body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of her face and drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio.

She enjoys wearing yoga pants and reading fitness magazines while sitting on the sofa eating chocolate. She’s a real fan of the power nap and of course READING!

She writes not to get rich or famous, but because she LOVES writing. Even if one person tells her they enjoyed her book it makes the midnight typing worth it!

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Delightful reading, 

Jordan

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