New England Rocks by Christina Courtenay

First impressions, how wrong can you get? When Rain Mackenzie’s expelled from her British boarding school, she can’t believe her bad luck. Not only is she forced to move to New England, USA. She’s also sent to the local high school, as a punishment. Rain makes it her mission to dislike everything about Northbrooke High, but what she doesn’t bank on is meeting Jesse Devlin…
Not only is Jesse the hottest guy Rain’s ever seen, he also plays guitar in an awesome rock band. There’s just one small problem. Jesse already has a girlfriend, little miss perfect Amber Lawrence, who looks set to cause trouble as Rain and Jesse get closer. But, what does any of it matter? New England sucks anyway, and Rain doesn’t plan on sticking around… Does she?
When Rain’s expelled from her British boarding school. She finds herself in New England, USA, where her parents have enrolled her in the local public school. Resenting her new school and life, Rain makes the decision to settle in as little as possible. But is all that about to change when Rain meets Jesse……..
I really enjoyed ‘New England Rocks’, it was a quick paced read, with easy to like characters.
Rain is feisty and knows exactly what she wants, she’s an easy to relate to character. Young readers will relate to teenage issues but any woman will relate to her body issues. I loved her can do attitude. There wasn’t a task that she backed out of and she’s prepared to face any challenge.
On paper Jesse is the boy your parents warned you about, he has tattoos, is in a rock band and lives with a good for nothing father. But Jesse is lovely, he’s compassionate, driven and copes well with his home life, I think he is a great for Rain.
One of my favourite chapters is when Jesse meets Rain’s parents. I really like her parents and found myself hoping they would see in Jesse, the things that Rain does. What I loved about this book is that although a fast paced read it covers some very important issues and doesn’t sugar coat them. It’s dealt with in a way that all readers will empathise with the characters issues.
This book rocks!

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