Author: Michelle Pennington
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Author (I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: April 17, 2012
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Life is simple for high school senior, Sienna Whitfield. With a few good friends, a camera, and a dream, she has everything she needs to be happy. But when Jordan Rubio, the most popular girl at Haskins High, makes her mad, she decides to use the power of photography to right a few social wrongs. As if that doesn’t cause enough drama in her life, she realizes she’s falling for the new guy, Lee Franklin. Strong and protective, he’s just what she needs to survive the craziness she’s stirred up at school. If only she didn’t have to keep her feelings for Lee a secret from her mom…
I sometimes love taking a break from paranormal and I've found that I truly do like contemporary books. Candid is a cute book that's easy to sit down and devour in an afternoon.
Sienna was an interesting girl. On the one hand, she's not popular and spends most of her time taking photographs. But then she suddenly busts out with standing up to the popular girls.
She meets Lee, who is new, and they strike up a friendship/romance. Well, they'd like a romance but Sienna's mother is psycho.
I know that parents can sometimes be controlling, and I also know that in YA parents tend to be absent quite a bit, but Sienna's mother was extreme. She didn't even want Sienna THINKING about a boy in a romantic way, much less kissing or anything like that.
While I understood her reasoning, I felt like it was really extreme and I had a hard time digesting her mother's behavior.
And Sienna was just such a good girl that she followed her mother's rules, even after she knew she wanted to be with Lee. It was frustrating for me because I just wanted to be like, "For goodness sake, it's not like you're going to have sex! It's just a kiss!"
I felt like some of her stunts against the popular people were petty, however, I found myself chuckling at them because sometimes it just feels good to get back at people who act like they are on top of the world. I'm sure she just got tired of being the brunt of their jokes for so long.
Overall, Candid is an adorable read and I'd love to read the next book and see where the story goes!