Summary: Every day in Coalton is pretty much the same. Mike pumps iron in the morning, drives her truck to school, plays softball in the afternoon, and fixes the neighbors’ plumbing at night. But when an exotic new girl, Xanadu, arrives in the small Kansas town, Mike’s world is turned upside down. Xanadu is everything Mike is not–cool, complicated, sexy, and…straight. This heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful novel will speak to anyone who has ever fallen in love with someone just out of reach.
My Review: Julie Anne Peters is probably my favorite author, so needless to say when I found out I won a book of my choice, I picked this one.
Every book I’ve read by her is even better than the one before it. This one is no different. I devoured it. I just couldn’t get enough and in the end, as always with Julie Anne Peters books, I wanted more.
I have fallen for a lot of straight girls in my life and I know how hard it is. Especially when they do the kind of things that Xanadu does. It’s torture and never ends well. So I know exactly how Mike feels and what she goes through. I have related to characters before, but never like this.
The writing, as usual, is incredible. It is so easy to read, it just flows and pulls you right in. It’s kind of like watching a movie. The characters and the plot are believable and real and I just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I needed to know what was going to happen next.
If you’ve never read anything by Julie Anne Peters, what are you waiting for? They are some of the best books I’ve ever read. I need to get more of her books and soon.
Please, I am begging you, pick this book up. You will not regret it. In fact, pick up all of her books. You will love them.
Far From Xanadu now has a new title, Pretend You Love Me, and a new cover. I may have to buy it just for the hell of it.
Rating: 5 stars