Friday, October 16, 2015

ARC Review: Diamonds by Nash Summers

Maps’ kingdom is crumbling before his eyes.

His parents are forcing him to get a job, there’s a new kid at school who won’t stop staring at him, and his best friend is too busy thinking about girls to help Maps deal with his real problems.

Worst of all,

Maps is lost.

And none of the roads on his map are leading to Lane.

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Neither is being cat-called.

Or getting sassy while dressed up as a giant chicken.

Or arguing with a 5 (and three-quarters) year old.

But this is MAPS. And his life isn't ordinary.

When Lane spends the summer at baseball camp, Maps doesn't miss him. At. ALL.

So what if Lane hasn't sent a postcard in three weeks?

Maps has other things to worry about ... like Benji stalking girls at a mall or getting a job.

Maps is too smart for a job, but his parents insist. Which is how he ends up at the Chicken Palace or maybe Castle. Who cares? What matter is that Lane shows up to eat chicken, and he never even tells Maps.

I usually avoid YA. I like my books to sizzle. Diamonds (not the kind that sparkle) has no steam to speak of, just one kiss that means everything.

But I ADORED this book, maybe a bit more than the first.

Maps is unique and brilliant. I love his self-confidence, his way of creating REAL LIFE that's only real to him ... and maybe Lane.

Maps didn't know why, but when he looked at Lane, he thought the world made a little more sense.

This story is quirky. And charming. It's funny (really, REALLY funny) and tender.

It's Maps. And it's Lane. It's diamonds in the dark and cat costumes and hand holding. It's a little bit of jealousy thanks to Perry (the fabulous hair stylist who may have a teeny-tiny crush on Maps; but, seriously, who doesn't?).

And it's gap-toothed, green-eyed boyfriends who protect your honor ... and will never call you their neighbor again.

"Do not cat-call my boyfriend." ...

"Dude," Trevor said, his hands raised as if to shield himself. "I didn't! I just called him a cat."

"So you admit it," Lane said.

P.S. This can't be read as a standalone. Read Maps first. You won't be sorry.

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Books are the plane, and the train, and the road.
They are the destination, and the journey.
They are home.
~Anna Quindlen

An ARC of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

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