Author: Sarah Cradit
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'At sixteen, Anasofiya Deschanel is terrified at the notion of sharing herself with anyone. Rather than face that fear, she hides behind her books and imagination, where her heart feels safe.
Secretly, Oz Sullivan’s heart has always belonged to Ana. Fearful of scaring her, he chooses instead to pursue girls who are nothing like him, leaving him empty and unfulfilled.
Circumstances find them miserable at their junior prom, after problems with their respective dates. Ana and Oz must decide if they’re willing to surrender their fears, and leap forward into the unknown.'
The teenage Anasofiya Deschanel feels adrift, scared of letting anyone get too close. She’s uncomfortable with intimacy and feels awkward with her peers. The only people she feels comfortable with and close to are her cousin, Nicolas, and Oz Sullivan, a close friend of both Ana and Nicolas since they were children.
'If anyone could understand, it would be him, although no-one would ever really know the intricacies of Ana’s mind. Not even her.'
Even though this story is about Ana and Oz as teenagers their characters have a depth and charm. It’s a lovely story, giving more insight into the complicated character that is Ana Deschanel and gives an inkling of why she and Oz made their choices, good or bad, in later life. It was interesting to see the dynamics of the relationships between the young Ana, Oz and Nicolas.
This is a great addition to the House of Crimson and Clover and, like the other stories and novellas in this series, adds another dimension to the whole.