Eleanor Ivy follows two rules in life: know how to lie and never let anyone in. With the painful life she left behind and the unorthodox job she currently has, lying is a must. But when Eleanor meets Jess Parker, Breslin University’s hockey player both on and off the ice, everything she has worked for threatens to come crumbling down.
Jess Parker is the epitome of everything Eleanor wants to avoid. He’s popular, cocky, and has more girls’ numbers than a phonebook. Yet, when they are paired together for a school project, their connection is undeniable. As their friendship develops, Jess’s ability to truly see Eleanor shakes the very foundation she’s built her new life on. When Eleanor begins to question the two rules she has always followed, she finds herself wondering if honesty might actually be the best policy. But, when all is said and done, will the truth be too much for Jess to handle?
Brief Encounters is a debut novel written by Scarlett Hopper who I must add is an incredible author who managed to keep me entertained and captivated from the first page until the very last. I am impressed that Hopper managed to do this as this is her debut book but the fact that she is able to compel her readers to read shows the true talent of her literature. Brief Encounters is a fantastic book, and if I did not know it was a debut novel, I would never have thought it was because it is full of enthralling literature, splendid characters and a well-developed plot that usually only occurs with authors who have written multiple books.
Brief Encounters is a young adult novel (that could easily be read by adults as well) and follows the young protagonist of the story, Eleanor Ivy. Eleanor is a young student who has experienced more tragedy than the average young person has, and this has affected the way she lives her life; so much so that she lives by two rules ‘know how to lie and never let anyone in’. Eleanor’s rules, however, will soon be neglected when she is paired with the cocky but handsome Jess Parker in her English class. Jess is everything Eleanor is trying to avoid, he is popular, a star hockey player and he is incredibly cocky but as they work together, the two will grow closer together. Eleanor will soon start to develop feelings for Jess but what Jess does not know is that Eleanor is hiding a secret, will she tell him before it goes too far? Read the fantastic Brief Encounters to find out!
The story of Brief Encounters is one that I would define as a guilty pleasure, it is the type of book that will be perfect for women (and men if they love romance novels) to pick up and get lost in for the afternoon. The easy to read language combined with the thrilling components that will excite readers ensure that readers will be entertained and turning the pages with haste from beginning to end… I know I was! And this is all thanks to the talented author Scarlett Hopper.
Scarlett Hopper is an author who I believe will be a big hit sometime soon and I genuinely mean this. There are a lot of authors out there today, and many of those write romance but the genre is awash with generic, cliché romances but Brief Encounters is far from this and is, in fact, a refreshing twist on romance. The unique story combined with the many poignant themes make Brief Encounters a stellar romance novel that will stand out from a crowded genre.
Scarlett Hopper makes her novel Brief Encounters stand out by her characterization of her characters, in particular, the character of Eleanor Ivy. Eleanor is a broken young woman who is trying to get her life back on track; the reader will readily sympathize with Eleanor thanks to her traumatic past which took her from escaping New Jersey to New York. Eleanor for me was instantly likable and this is because Hopper writes her character believably and honestly and that will charm her readers.
As Brief Encounters is a sensational debut novel from a very talented author – one that you must all watch! – I, of course, have to award the stellar book five stars! So please, if you are looking for a romance with a twist that combines classical romance themes with unique and poignant ones then you will adore Brief Encounters!
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