Review: Heat of the Moment by Lauren Brandholdt

Posted May 15, 2015 by lockhartbecca in Reviews / 0 Comments

Heat of the Moment

Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Series: Moment of Truth #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: ebook
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Source: egalley received from publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 3 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***



Synopsis from Goodreads:

Each book in this paperback original series is told from the perspective of a different girl—Lyla, Aven, and Quinn—former best friends who wrote emails to their future selves back in freshman year about one thing they hope to accomplish before they graduate. When the emails get delivered on the first morning of their senior trip all three girls will spend the next three days trying to keep the promises they made to themselves four years ago. While each book follow’s one girl’s life-changing adventure, you have to read them all to get the whole story, including why they’re no longer friends and whether they can get their friendship back on track.

Lyla McAfee had all but forgotten the email that she wrote to herself freshman year and scheduled to be delivered right before graduation—the one promising that she’d learn to trust by the end of senior year. But when she receives it the first morning of her senior trip to Florida her life is sent into a tailspin. Soon she’s questioning her seemingly perfect relationship with her boyfriend, Derrick; her attraction to the school player, Beckett; and whether ending her friendship with Aven and Quinn, her former BFFs, was one of the biggest mistakes of her life.The first book in a captivating summer trilogy, Heat of the Moment flawlessly balances romance and humor as Lyla embarks on her totally reluctant but completely irresistible journey of self-discovery. And readers will have a chance to discover whole truth about the fight that ended Lyla, Quinn, and Aven’s friendship in the next two installments of the series, coming out later the same summer!

My Review:

I thought this book was an interesting look at how a person can think that everything in their life is fine and not even realize that they’re unhappy. Lyla thinks that she has the perfect relationship with her boyfriend of two years, Derrick. She’s going to go on her senior class trip to Florida with him and she’s going to lose her virginity. But then one thing leads to another and she ends up hanging out with Beckett. And she begins to feel things for Beckett. Which of course, shouldn’t be happening. Because she loves Derrick, right?


I really liked the narrative of this story. It really read like you were in Lyla’s head. The sentences were short and strung together. Her thoughts were all over the place, jumping from one scenario to another, sometimes spiraling completely out of control. I just really loved the way her mind worked and I enjoyed reading from her perspective.


Now the things Lyla did? Not so cool. However, I appreciated that it didn’t just go away. I appreciated that she had to deal with her mistakes. So many times in books I feel like when someone does something awful it kind of just disappears, but Lyla had to deal with her mistakes and face the consequences, scary as that may be.


One thing I really wanted to know more about was the friendship. I guess I thought the book would be centered more on the three girls, why their friendship fell apart to begin with and them putting it back together. Instead, it was focused heavily on the romance and we honestly didn’t even find out much about these three girls and what their friendship meant. Even the reason for their friendship ending seemed lame to me and I honestly hope there’s more to it and we find that out in subsequent books.


But for the most part, this was a light summer read. Lyla learns a lot along the way about trust and learning how to be happy. She learns that even if your life looks perfect from the outside that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re happy. I appreciated all these lessons and am looking forward to reading from the other two girls’ points of view in the next two books which just so happen to both come out this summer. How cool is that that we don’t have to wait that long?


Have you read this one yet? What did you think? 

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