Alex Newman is the daughter of a famous music idol. Not that she cares though…especially since The Rockstar’s been knee deep in work since her mom died. He was like that when she was sick. All Alex had was her mother to show her the way through life.
Now she feels as if she can’t trust anyone. Not her best friend, Sarah, who’s refusing to let her wall off all of her feelings. Nor this incredibly annoying guy at school, David McFadden, who lost his mom too and suddenly wants to help her. The trouble is David’s handsome. Sarah’s sweet. The Rockstar is…well himself. But none of that matters. None of that can bring Alex’s mom back.
Set in the beautiful and serene landscape of Dublin, Ireland, Denise Deegan‘s debut YA novel, And By The Way, struck an emotional cord with me. I was crying by the end of Chapter 3 and desperately pleading with all my heart and soul that Alex find her way through the icy teenage waters. I feel in love with each and every character, even her Rockstar father once he finally began to open his eyes and really see his daughter for the first time.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel as if the world is now a better place…all you need to do is read it. Then, share it with the other women in your life. Sisters, Friends, Parents, and Teenagers alike will love it. If you don’t believe me yet, check out one of my favorite quotes below:
“Sometimes I don’t just miss my mum, I miss having a mum. Someone to fall back on, to take the pressure off, to explain. Like why I can be a total bitch sometimes. And why I kissed a guy I don’t even like. After he’d insulted me. Oh and why I can’t stop thinking about him– or the kiss.”
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