Social butterfly and closet bookworm Julia Carter is smart enough to trick her parents into sending her to Germany for the semester, but she would never let those smarts show. It wouldn’t be good for her bubbly reputation. With its antique houses and castle atop the hill, Marburg looks like it stepped straight out of a Grimm brothers’ fairy tale. Yet, life in this little German town is no fairy tale at all - starting with the girls at school. When Julia’s offered an internship she can’t pass up, she begins the treacherous game of balancing her fledgling social life with work that risks a secret she’s kept for nine years - and her new boss' son is out to trip her with it.
Julia's a social butterfly, a bubbly and popular senior whose only concern seems to be her appearance. In reality, she's a bookworm who longs for her parents' love and acceptance. She orchestrates a plan to be sent to live with her aunt in Marburg, Germany. Julia is determined to have everything she wants, a family, a popular group of friends, and the perfect boyfriend. But she learns, among other things, that appearances are far less important than true friendships.
This is book two in the series, but it's a standalone story with no cliffhanger. It's a clean Christian YA book that deals with teen issues like peer pressure and bullying. I absolutely loved the setting of the story, it was so original and described so well! The way the fairy tales were used was really interesting.
I love bookworm heroines and I connected with Julia instantly. She is two distinct people, the reality and the glittery fake shell, and the author did a really good job showing that. For Julia, image is everything, and her every word and action is so calculated. She spends all of her time seeking acceptance from the very people who will never give it to her. It made me want to grab the poor girl by her shoulders and shake some sense into her, then give her a hug.
I enjoyed the narration, the narrator had the perfect voice for Julia. She performed the various accents and voices well and pulled me right into the story. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I really enjoyed this book, and I'd recommend it to teen readers and up!
this book is filled with lessons to be learned. life is full of not getting what you want and having to deal with the consequences of your own actions. the book helps one see that there is always someone worse off than you are and you should always be grateful for the things that you have.