{Review} Dragonfly by: Leigh T. Moore

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Pages: 265
Publication date: June 6, 2013
Publisher: Leigh T. Moore
How I got the copy: Received from author in exchange for an honest review.
Rating:  5 out of 5 Stars
From Goodreads:
Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents.
-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one.
-Things are not always how they appear.

Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away.
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one.
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.

Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy.

Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced... Until he mysteriously withdrew.

Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father. 

A secret that could permanently change all their lives.

Fans of The O.C. pay attention!  Jack Kyser is a mixture of rich Seth Cohen, who doesn't want to be part of the high class world anymore + a dash of Ryan Attwood, who is the dark, mysterious, hot, new guy.  In the beginning I actually thought he was going to end up being paranormal because his family secludes themselves from the rest of the town and he was so mysterious.  I felt like that guy on Ancient Aliens that accuses everyone of being an alien.
 But I was glad when he turned out to be 100% human.  There was also another amazing love interest.  His name is Julian and while he spends some of the time in  just the background of the novel, I was routing for him the whole way.  It was one love triangle that I actually enjoyed.

The main character, Anna, was so true to what I remember being a teenager was like.  She tries to hold herself together when things get rough, but she's being thrown into new situations all the time and it's hard for her to navigate.  What I didn't like about her was that she put Jack on a pedistal and expected him to be perfect.  He had flaws.  In fact, there were times he was kind of a jerk.  A lovable jerk once you learned his past, but still.
 And I wanted Anna to just pick one of the boys.  She kept going back and forth.  I've been in a situation like that so I was able to connect with her easily.  It is hard to sort through your emotions sometimes especially in High School.  But still.  Just pick already!

There was a slight mystery at the end that popped up and definitely added another layer to the story.  Something crazy happens towards the end that was so unexpected and really brought on the feels!  When everything started to wrap up I was expecting a few more chapters of closure, but I turned the page and BAM the book is over!  There wasn't a huge cliffhanger or anything, but I was left wanting more of the characters.  I miss them already.  Definitely need to get book two soon.

If you're looking for a contemporary that is fun and cute, but also has some depth with great characters.  This is definitely one you'll want to check out!

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