Seven tequila shots.
Stacey is good at pretending.
She pretends that the boy she's in love with doesn't exist.
She pretends that she's happy to live and die in this small town.
She pretends that her life is carefree while her best friend's world crumbles before her very eyes.
But Stacey's got a secret ...
And it's going to ruin everything.
Eleven Weeks is the story of Kate's best friend, Stacey--and the whole lot of life that can happen in just eleven weeks. Second book in the Crazy in Love series.
All the Crazy in Love books held a lot of emotion and make the reader invested in the story, and Eleven Weeks was no exception. Although the first book affected me more than the second one, I still was on edge the whole time while reading Eleven Weeks and was dying to see how this one will end.
Eleven Weeks is about Stacey, a character you might have met before if you have read The Problem With Crazy, the first book in the series. To me, Stacey, in the first book, was one of those cheerful girls with nothing to worry about and always willing to face the problems without a care of what other might think. I couldn't have been more wrong! And that's what makes this story a must read one, because what we learn from Stacey in the first book is nothing compared to what we learn in Eleven Weeks.
Her story is about being the black sheep in a family: not wanting to pursue a career and being mocked for it. It's pretty awful to feel the pressure of not really knowing what you want to do at eighteen, but imagine if you have no support whatsoever from your family. Even they mock you by not expecting great things from you. I hated her family for that because I could identify with her, even if you were never in her situation, but for the simple fact that you could've been. Moreover, the pressure of being the fifth child in a big family where all siblings have achieved great things. How can you top that?
And Stacey's world is about to tumble even more because she's pregnant from a one night stand that she didn't even remember. What's worse? Is that she might lose the only guy she's ever loved and that has really cared for her.
But not only that, Lauren K. McKellar brought into this story the consequences of unprotected sex and the huge decision of what to do after that. What it means to keep living with the choices we make and the consequences of our actions.
The characters are relatable and approachable. Easy to feel yourself identified and easy to love. Stacey's simply a teenager who has made some mistakes, but she's good, kind and will do anything for her friends. Michael is the perfect definition of the boy next door: sweet, gentle and real, who'll also do anything to defend his friends and to make the girl who loves that she's perfect no matter what.
The plot is a mind-blowing one, just like the one in the first book. Not at all repetitive and with it's ups and downs. Meaning that it has it all: the funny moments, the swoon worthy moments, the sad ones and the heartbreaking ones. What I loved is how Stacey's story mixed with Kate's; like having two point of views, but two different stories at the same time.
I truly enjoyed Eleven Weeks and hardly recommend it to anyone looking for a real, heartbreaking and emotional YA story. The only thing left to say is that I need to read the third book, because I no longer can live without this series. I simply need more! And really look forward to reading the third book in the series.
*I received this digital ARC in exchange of an honest review. Thank you so much, Lauren K. McKellar for providing me this amazing read.
Lauren K. McKellar is an author and editor. Her debut novel, Finding Home, was released through Escape Publishing on October 1, 2013, and her second release, NA Contemporary Romance The Problem With Crazy, is self-published, and is available now.
As well as being a magazine editor for a national audited publication on pet care, Lauren works as a freelance editor for independent authors, and was a Runner Up Editor of the Year in the Publishers Australia awards in 2013.
Lauren is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia and is obsessed with words--she likes the way they work.
She lives on the Central Coast of New South Wales with her fiance and their two super-cute puppies.