Love Me, Love Me Not
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 19th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Family, abandonment, and forbidden romance are at the core of SM Koz’s powerful and emotionally charged novel about a teen who falls for her foster brother.
When Hailey Brown is removed from her home and put into foster care, all she wants is a safe, comfortable place where she can finish school and move on with her life. It’s not easy adjusting to a new school and a new life, but Mr. and Mrs. Campbell and their teenage son, Brad, welcome Hailey with open arms.
As Hailey begins to adjust to her new life, she and Brad grow closer. For the first time, Hailey feels like she might have a real shot at a future. Soon, however, Hailey realizes her relationship with Brad has crossed the line from friendship into something more. But being with Brad would mean giving up the perfect life that Hailey has waited so long to have.
Can Hailey and Brad resist the feelings that are developing between them—or will they risk it all to be together?
Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, SM Koz delivers a powerful debut about the ups and downs of being a foster child.
I really loved this book! I found myself completely drawn in by the storyline and the characters almost immediately.
Hailey, raised by an abusive addict mother, was placed in foster care. To say that her new foster family is the opposite of what she is used to would be a gross understatement. Hailey is used to periods of time without food, second-hand clothing, and being an outcast. Chase, her boyfriend has been the only solid in her life, and as she is finding out, he doesn’t have her best interests at heart.
Beyond the fact that the family has money to spare, they are loving and supportive of each other. Brad, her new foster brother, football hero, is the most popular guy in school.
The characters are incredibly well-developed. Brad is a genuinely nice guy, caring and loyal to a fault. Hailey is a bit of a lost soul, but begins to find herself and learn how strong she really is. Even the characters that don’t play a major role will stick with you.
I found myself laughing along with the witty banter, getting frustrated, and felt real sorrow and Hailey’s attempt to reconcile with her mother.
I highly recommend this book for fans of young adult romance. It is extremely well-written and was a very enjoyable quick read!
SM KOZ is a medical writer from North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and numerous pets. She has a BS in Biology from Duke University and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, photographing nature and her family, gardening, travelling, and attempting, usually unsuccessfully, to decorate birthday cakes. Love Me, Love Me Not is her first traditionally published novel.