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2011 self published: Corner Stone Publishing
Goodreads rating: 3.91 - 1388 ratings
My rating: 3.5
Setting: Contemporary America
First line/s: "I HATE PAPER DAY. HATE. IT. But I still do it every week, sometimes twice a week, because my mom asks me to. I know I shouldn't. I know it doesn't help. But I do it because I know that the only people in the world that we can count on is us."
My comments: Cornerstone is the kind of book that draws you in immediately. The first half of the book, well, I just couldn't put down. The second half slowed down a bit and didn't hold my attention quite as much. The instalove was the most offputting for me because I didn't understand what made Garrett so quickly drawn to Nalena. Why hadn't he befriended her earlier? The ending was not as much a cliffhanger as it was a segue into another chapter. Will I read more? Probably not, but I did enjoy this one.
Goodreads synopsis: Nalena Maxwell has been branded ‘The Waste’ at her new school, due to her mom's obsessive paper hoarding. Nalena desperately wants something to change in her life, but when she receives a sign (and it's the wrong dang one) inviting her into a mysterious, ancient community, too much changes. What she knew of her family, what she thought of her life and what she believed about her future, is no longer applicable. Seventeen years worth of family skeletons come crashing into Nalena's life and it is the boy...the one that smiles at her like he wants to hear everything she'll ever say...that already knows her powerful secrets. But it is only Nalena that can choose between protecting the life that is already crumbling beneath her feet and the one that might sacrifice everything she could ever have.