#1, The Ties Series
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With a former supermodel mother and a rock-and-roll legend father, Emma Preston has the best of everything. Nothing is as perfect as it seems though. After her parents divorce, she’s forced to live with her mother in a private Santa Monica community. Ignoring their parental roles, her mother becomes more focused on climbing the social ladder while her father is off on tour.
Growing up in a trailer park with his mother, Jesse is used to people looking down on him. When his mother begs him to submit an application for a scholarship to one of Santa Monica’s top private schools, he never expects to actually get it. When he does, he is forced to attend school with a bunch of rich kids. He ignores their stares as they judge him for having tattoos and a less than impressive car. As long as he has his surfboard and the guys at the tattoo shop, he knows he can make it through.
When Jesse shows up on the first day of school, Emma can’t help but be intrigued. Her mother would never approve of Emma talking to someone so poor, but she doesn’t care because something about Jesse draws her to him.
Jesse tries to hate Emma, but he discovers that he can’t resist her. Forced to hide their relationship from Emma’s mother and everyone else around them, things start to fall apart. When Jesse’s friend, Ally, decides to interfere, things go from bad to worse.
Can they survive their first love? Or will they be left with nothing more than shattered ties?
Book 1 of a 2 book series.
**18+ for sexual situations, cursing, and adult content.***
This was different then the other 2 by this author, in a good way! I could not put it down until it was done, and looks at yet another issue we have in today's world. I highly recommend reading this book! :)
It was ok for a typical teenage romance
Jess and Emma. Rich girl and poor boy.
I was rooting for them. I'm disappointed I have to read what happens in another book. I think she could have completed their story in one book.
It was okay. Jess and Emma did not play games with each other. They could not deny they shared an attraction to each other, yet both knew they should not be together, but both did not care what others thought. They decided to keep their relationship hidden and a secret from the people they knew. They knew people would not approve of the rich girl and poor boy dating.
Both held stereotypes that both did not fall under. Even though Emma was rich, she was not hung up on status and being a snob, besides she knew it was not her money that made her rich. Jess knew he was not a bad guy who stole or cussed or was rude just because he had tattoos and was poor.
Not sure how I feel about people still treating people differently based on how much money they make. I can't relate. I never encountered this kind of problem. I neither had money nor was I poor. I'm middle class, so I can go either way.
I love Emma for believing everyone is an equal human being. I give her props for trying to convince her mother that she is a snob.
Did not like Ally trying to sabotage Jess and Emma's relationship. Did not like how easily Emma gave up on Jess instead of listening to him explain the situation. It just goes to show that seventeen is too young to be in love because a relationship of this magnitude holds too much responsibility.