If only a pile of wayward curls and the inability to stay on her feet were seventeen year-old Foster Kelly’s most pressing concerns. Unfortunately, stubborn hair and clumsiness are just the tip of it. At the age of five when Foster is told, “You don’t belong here,” it was only a mistake, but the result is one broken heart. These four carelessly spoken words have shaped and shadowed Foster, and now—a senior at Shorecliffs High-school—she seeks the wallflower’s existence, denying herself the most casual of friendships, much too afraid that someone will see what she believes is certain: she does not belong anywhere—or with anyone.
This reality would continue to suit her just fine; however . . . Love has a long-standing history of undoing broken hearts.
Like a comet, an unexpected arrival knocks Foster out of the crowded, starry sky, sending her directly into the limelight. Exposed and afraid, she will attempt to regain anonymity; but it isn’t so easy now that someone is watching. He pursues this shy enigma, confronting Foster’s deepest fears head-on, and in the process falls wholly and completely in love with her. But there is something he is not saying . . . a secret capable of certain ruin. Either he will break her heart once and for all, or he will heal it.
In the end, though, it is Foster who must decide if she is worth mending.
Release date: June 23rd, 2013
Review by Melissa
Awakening Foster Kelly is the type of book where you want to highlight every line and every word. We encounter a beautiful prose, full of imagery and enchanting details that it’s hard not to get captured by its beauty, not wanting to miss a single tiny thing.
Foster Kelly is the spitting image of our own fears of being out there, but doubled. Of trying to blend into the wall, to go unnoticed. Fearing to love and being forgotten. Being so guarded, only a few people get to know the wonderful person Foster really is. She is so smart, caring, gifted and adoringly clumsy. Her only flaw would be to abstain herself from saying what her heart yearns to tell, or show. Instead, she opts to say what she thinks everyone else wants to hear.
Incredibly enough, author Cara Olsen managed to make me step into Foster’s shoes. I don’t know if this was on purpose or not, but I felt everything she felt. We connected. When she blushed, I blushed. When she fell, I cringed with her. And, when her pulse quickened at the sight of Dominic, well, my heart beat wildly just like a hummingbird’s.
Beautiful, handsome, Dominic. How I love broken boys. They are always so vulnerable and sweet, masking their real personality with anger. His relationship with Foster was intense, filled by many emotions that when the heartbreak came, mine was also lying around in tiny pieces. Something I knew was eventually going to happen, but I still hoped and crossed my fingers wishing for the impossible.
I want to dwell on this beautiful book forever. Is it crazy for me to wish it was longer? It’s a huge book, but not endless. And, I could tell you all about it, but that’s not fair. You have to read and see for yourself. Experience the way this story moves slowly, carefully building up with each passing page, gently pushing you, encouraging you to admire and take everything in. Prepare to laugh out loud at the antics of the insanely funny twins, to daydream just like Foster and her father, to feel the beauty of love and the pain brought by heartbreak, and to awaken at the sound of music in your ears.
P.S. I’m ever so grateful to Cara Olsen for providing me this book for free in exchange for an honest review and I swear all I said above was in no way altered by this.