River Daniels knew it wouldn’t end well when she agreed to get in a car with her controlling boyfriend to protect her friend, Justice. She just didn’t think it would end with him murdered and her on the run with her two best friends.
When you grow up on the wrong side of the town and you murder a rich football star in Texas, you know you’re not going to get a fair trial. So River and her two best friends run to Vegas to escape the law and make a plan. But as the police look for them, they know their time is running out. They need to find a way prove River’s innocence.
For the most part I liked this book. I liked the friendship between River and her friends, and I liked the love interest, Justice. But River irritated me a lot. She made quite a few stupid decisions and she jumped to conclusions a lot. I understand why she went with her boyfriend, even if he was really controlling, but it was stupid of her to actually believed he loved her. Also when she saw a letter from her dad to her mom saying that he missed her because he was at college, she jumped to the conclusion that she was just an unfortunate accident and her father never really wanted her, which didn’t make any sense to me because I just got the impression of a man in love. However, I thought her friends were pretty awesome. They were able to keep River moving forward and none of them thought twice about helping her. This book definitely deals with a lot of serious issues, but it’s still a fairly light read, all things considered. River’s character aside, I thought it was a light and entertaining read that’s a great gift for just about any teenage girl.
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