Author: Kim Lehman
Publisher: Lucky Stars Publishing
First published: June 1 2013
Re-release: Feburary 24 2015
Righteous is down-right fed up with every aspect of her life. Her mom seems to care more about her messed up boyfriends, that she picks up at the bar, than about her, the only person she confides to about anything is an old lady with Alzheimers. She just wants her senior year to go as smoothly as possible, sick of the predictable, boring hallways of high school. When she lands herself in the principles office on the first day, things aren't off to a great start. Things get worse when she meets Colt Jackson. The boy who may or may not have killed his best friend back where he came from. All Righteous wants is a smooth senior year, but Colt Jackson looks like he's going to get in the way of that.
Righteous wasn't a terrible character, but I found her kind of predictable. She'll get angry at her mom, leave for a few days, have a run in with her principle to tell her to make good decisions, go back home, realize that her mom hasn't changed and the cycle repeats.
Righteous doesn't really have any friends, and she doesn't want any. I guess she believes that the easiest way to not get your heart broken is to pretend you don't have one. I can sympathize with that, but just because you don't want friends, doesn't mean you have to blow off every body that talks to you.
Colt's story was interesting--the story of if he really did kill his best friend--He was a more interesting than Ria, but I didn't still didn't like him very much. The romance that bloomed between them didn't interest me either. Speaking of the romance that bloomed between them. I think Colt has some kind of Edward Cullen thing going on, with the way that he just conveniently shows up whenever Ria needs help. Or the way that he shows up in the middle of the night when she's sleeping, just to make sure that she's okay, of course.
Cecile has been trying to become friends with Ria for years, but every single time Cecile tries to make plans with Ria, Ria hits he with the same answer "Can't today. Sorry." Honesty, if I was turned down for years, I would have given up, so props to Cecile for sticking with it.
I knew from the moment I started this book, from the first moment I knew that the protagonist was named "Righteous", I knew somebody was going to hit her up with a self-righteous b*tch comment. But for Cecile to be the one to do it? I wasn't expecting that. So again, props to Cecile. This time for being my favorite person in this book.
In all honestly, I thought that I would enjoy this book a lot more than I actually did. I didn't really connect well with the characters. Usually I can, but I just didn't with this book. With this book being contemporary, not connecting with the characters is a big problem.