My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Summary: “Confess What You’re Hiding , Show Who You Really Are, Meet Others Just Like You..."
That’s the promise of the social media app called TellTale, and shy new girl Carley Rios is drawn by its lure of finding friendship…and maybe even more than that. Since she dropped out of college, she’s been aimless and lost in Aidan Falls, a town where everyone seems so tight-knit.
When she comes across an anonymous, heartfelt confession on TellTale that seems to be about her, she feels a spark of hope. And when one sexy, sinful confession leads to another, she becomes swept up in a game of secret admirer. All signs point to her admirer being another newcomer in town, Micah, who’s quickly gaining a reputation as a lothario.
But Carley is about to find out that love and acceptance is sometimes only a heartbeat away—and in a place where you haven’t bothered to look until a whisper finally catches your attention…
It's been a while since I've delved into New Adult and this caught my eye so I thought I'd give it a read. It's too short to get a real feel for who Carley, Bret, Micah or anyone else is in Aidan Falls but it was long enough to give me a feel for the author's style and make me want to continue reading into the actual series. Carley has dropped out of college and is trying to find her place in new home town Aidan Falls. She's also wondering who her secret admirer is on the TellTale app (sort of the lovechild of PostSecret & SnapChat) and how to connect with him IRL. It's pretty well telegraphed who is the SA (secret admirer) but Carely is plot-worthily oblivious. Eventually the meet happens (less "meet cute", more "kinda creepy is the new cute") and that's where I think the best part of the story takes place. There are questions posed about living our virtual lives versus our actual live ones and also about our expectations not always meeting up or even being realistic. Some of Carley's observations were quite well done and I think this is what took the story from just okay to something a bit more relevant & meaningful. The story abruptly ends so there's no chance of delving deeper into these themes or where Carley and her SA go after this moment but that's likely what the actual series is for. I'll be reading.
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