Kenzie Williams feels like she has it all; wealth, friends, popularity and talent. But when her father tells her that he has declared bankruptcy, her whole world in New York City turns upside down. Her parents' solution while they sort through their financial and marital problems is to send Kenzie to live with her relatives in Paris...Idaho!
Feeling like she's been sentenced to three months in Hickville Prison, Kenzie arrives in Idaho feeling like a square peg with name brand clothes, in a round, horribly podunk, hole.
Leaving everything she loves behind, Kenzie is forced to get up at the crack of dawn, do chores, and hang out with her cousin's loser friends. She feels like she's about to die until she meets Adam White, the town outcast, who's been accused of killing his best friend and is being blamed for some trouble that's been happening around town.
Not only is Adam the best-looking guy she's ever seen, but he's also the most fascinating guy she's ever met and Kenzie is determined to get to know him and find out his secret. But, the longer she stays in Paris, the more she realizes, Adam isn't the only one keeping secrets.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. Michele Ashman Bell is skilled at telling a story. At the beginning of the story I was really irritated with Kenzie and her attitude. I enjoyed her journey of change. It was fun to experience a country summer with Kenzie and her relatives.
Early morning weeding, working in the garden, summer picnics and watching the sun set, those are favorite memories of summer and reliving them with Kenzie was great.
One thing I did not understand, however, was Kenzie's fascination with Adam confused me. I just didn't get it. Perhaps I am too far past 16 to remember being this fascinated with a boy, especially when I have not even talked to him.
But it is a small thing in an otherwise cute story.
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Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Valor Publishing Group; 1st edition (March 16, 2010)