Title:THE COLOR OF HAPPINESS Author: BY K.P GAZELLE
Publication date: march 1st 2015 (cover not released yet..sorry guys!!!)
*I received a free ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Goodreads Summary 5 STARS!!!
Faith Lane is the girl who has everything. At least, that’s what everyone thinks when they see her rocking a killer dress while laughing with her best friend, Tiffany. But Faith’s life is far from flawless. Her peers torment her relentlessly, and her parents expect her to be the epitome of perfection. Criticized and pressured at school and home, Faith retreats into silent acceptance and finds an escape in her passion of dancing. Then she meets Alex – quirky, forever with a pass, and concealing a mysterious secret of his own. And through his encouragement, Faith starts believing in her gift for dance and gains courage to stand up for herself. But will she be able to keep her footing when the events of one night consume her with the need to jump off the rocky cliffs near her coastal home? And what has pushed her to the edge of reason?
Faith is you typical teen girl with big dreams. She's being bullied at school but remains true to her passion of dancing. This is a beautiful stress-free love story that i would recommend to everyone looking for a light romance read!
First off, i loved the evolution of Faith from the beginning to the end. You really see her character grow from a girl with self-esteem problems to someone who starts to fight for her dreams. I don't really get her parents. I mean she gets 94% on a test and they tell her, 'not bad. maybe a few marks higher next time'. I can't believe how they didn't support her dancing! You feel angered and sad at the same time as the protagonist. In a way though, the total nonchalance of her parents made her fight that much more for her dancing; it made her stronger as a character.
Then like a blessing in her life, Alex comes and literally sweeps her off her feet. He's funny, cute and smart, the perfect boyfriend. He's always there for Faith and supports her though everything she goes though. He's like the unmovable rock in her life wherever she goes. They fall for each other hard and it was so beautiful to read about. Again no insta-love just normal teen love.
That's another thing i liked about this book, it was not far fetched and felt completely real. The ending was so bittersweet and i just sat there staring at my kindle saying 'why?????'. But at some point i understand why the author chose that ending. I think that she got so many emotions and messages through that love story. It was a perfect valentine's day read!