I've done quite a few blog tours these days, as you've probably noticed. That being said, most of the authors I've toured with aren't exactly the easiest to communicate with. That's not the case with Natalie Palmer. She was super nice all throughout, even when I requested a print copy :)
Natalie is genuinely kind and skilled. (Hey Natalie!) I would've given her a nice review even if the book wasn't as phenomenal as it is. Luckily, Second to No One is easily a fabulous book!
Here you have it:
Second to No One
By Natalie Palmer
Summary from Goodreads:
“Things change. People change. Jess and I weren’t above it.”
Gemma’s first year of high school isn’t starting out the way she hoped. Jess is back from California and before she can memorize her class schedule their summer romance comes to a screeching halt. To add to her misery the gorgeous new girl in school also has eyes for Jess and despite Gemma’s unfailing attempts to win him back she keeps finding herself alone.
But when a late night car crash lands her a three month grounding and twenty hours of community service she discovers that there’s more to life than just romance and boyfriends.
Unpredictable and heart wrenching, Second to No One is the perfect continuation to the magical beginning of the Gemma and Jess romance.
If you haven't read Second Kiss, go read it now! I'll review that one later, but honestly, my love for Second Kiss goes without saying. It's a masterpiece, a beautiful piece of YA literature.
Let's move on now.
Second to No One raises the bars. Gemma develops a lot as a character. She learns to overcome her flaws and face her fears. In the beginning, there were parts when I was really mad at Gemma. She was acting like a teenager! ( I know, I get ticked off easily.) Eventually, she overcame her teenage tendencies to grow into a better, more mature version of herself. Reading about Gemma's internal maturation is quite satisfying. I'm so glad that she's so much better.
Now what isn't there to say about Jess? He's gorgeous, kind, caring, perfect.... and taken.
He's the boy I wish I could have in my life. Gemma is so lucky to get to know him. In Second to No One, Jess has to get a little courage. Right now he and Gemma are both caught up with other people. Jess is seemingly unattainable. His untouchableness (I know that's not a word, but hey!) is his only flaw. I love how he overcomes his flaws and matures as well.
Natalie Palmer is unnatural. By that, I mean she's unnaturally skilled at writing. I love her writing style. It's the poetic, beautiful writing style I've been searching for ever since I've read If I Stay and The Sky is Everywhere. In other words, Natalie Palmer is great with infusing sadness and laughter and emotion into her flawless poetic prose. Natalie's writing is the writing to aspire for. It's young and mature and slightly hedonistic, which is perfect for this book.
Please do check out Second to No One! It would mean a lot to me if you support this book.
If not, check out Natalie's website here and her Facebook here. Buy an autographed version of the book on her blog! It's so COOL. BTW, if you buy her book and email me your confirmation, I'll be your BFF. I can get you access to so much as a student of a prestigious high school. (I'm not saying which one.... yet.)
LOL just buy the book!