When I picked this book up, I expected a sweet, summer romance that would make a quick, heartwarming read, but I didn’t get that. I mean, don’t get me wrong, the book wasn’t bad…but I just had a lot of problems with it.
For one, Sarah (or Bean – her nickname, even though I don’t remember any point in the book where it describes why she is called Bean), spends the entire book pretty much hating who she is (an incredibly smart girl who loves science and is tracking a comet so she can get a really great scholarship to help pay for school?) and trying to be someone she isn’t (her gorgeous, popular sister Scarlett). Yeah, I guess I can see why you should trade being who you are (which is pretty awesome in itself) to wear an American flag string bikini that doesn’t even cover your boobs.
Apparently she thinks that being that kind of girl is more important than being a well respected, smart, and decent human being.
And then these are the types of girls who complain when no one takes them seriously.
Anyway, that rant aside…let me go into a little detail about the book itself.
The story starts off with Sarah (I hate her nickname, and I’m not using it) waiting for her boyfriend, Tucker, in the backyard, so they can track the comet together. Sarah has been tracking this comet since it had first been discovered so that she can have a shot at winning an important scholarship that will help her to pay for the tuition at her school. When Tucker finally shows up, he breaks up with Sarah, saying he needs different things in his life, and that Sarah merely “watches the world” instead of living and having new experiences. She’s obviously heartbroken, but she’s on her way to spend the summer her Aunt Nancy at her beach house, where she will spend the time filling out her scholarship applications and tracking the comet, so she sucks it up and moves on (as well as can be expected).
When she notices her sister, Scarlett, spending the summer days on the beach with guys and the friends she has at the beach house, she starts to wonder what it would be like to actually live her life like her sister, be popular, get guys, and so on. So she begins the “Scarlett Experiment,” in which she starts by “borrowing” her sister’s clothes and acting like her (snobbish, popular…you get the idea). She of course, attracts the attention of a guy she thinks is dreamy, Andrew, but it turns out he’s 19 (yeah, she’s 15 at start of the book, and she turns 16 halfway through, but still). They have a few more chance encounters that eventually leads to a date, in which she informs him that she is 18 and on her way to MIT in the fall (she doesn’t tell him that she is related to Scarlett, even though Scarlett is friends with Andrew’s friends.
Well, they spend the entire summer going on dates, to parties, and Andrew is falling in love with her. Sarah feels herself falling in love with him, too, but she still hasn’t told him the truth about her age, her relation to Scarlett, or how she isn’t really going to MIT. Eventually she has to tell him about it, but she’s dreading it, and until Scarlett lets her know what she has done, she doesn’t realize how it’s so horrible that she lied.
…How can she not realize what she was doing? Seriously…he’s 19. She’s 16. How does she not see how bad that is? At least her sister made her realize it. Geez.
Like I said, it wasn’t a bad a book, I just felt like Sarah was a typical girl who would rather be a blonde, stick-thin, snobby girl, instead of being someone who could make a difference in the world. Granted she does show Andrew her true colors over time, but she just irritated me.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.