Full Ride

Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix 
Pages: 343
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 
Format: Paperback (ARC) 
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Becca thought her life was over when her father was sent to prison for embezzlement. It didn't help when he used her as his excuse: "How else is a guy like me supposed to send his daughter to college?" She and her mother fled their town and their notoriety, started over, and vowed never to let anyone know about their past. 

Now a senior in high school, Becca has spent the last four years hiding in anonymity. But when it's time to apply to colleges and for financial aid, her mother gives her a rude awakening: If she applies, her past may be revealed to the world.

But Becca has already applied for a full-ride scholarship. And as she begins to probe deeper into the secrets of her past, she discovers that she and her mother might be in danger of more than simple discovery - by revealing the truth about their past, she might be putting their very lives in jeopardy.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Becca thought it was the end of the line for her familly when her father was sent to prison for embezzlement and she and her mother were forced to pack up and move to Georgia. Now with college application time looming, she has a choice to make: use her past to her advantage and get into a good school, or keep quiet and stay under the radar like she's been doing for years.   

As she digs deeper into her past, Becca realizes she and her mother are in a lot more danger than she ever imagined. And by looking into her past, Becca may have brought about even more....

My Thoughts: I've been a fan of Margaret Peterson Haddix since childhood, so when I found a copy of Full Ride waiting for me in the mailbox, I was more than a little excited. Needless to say, this story-telling pro did not disappoint.

I felt that Becca's character was very well-written and dynamic. Becca's reactions to the amount of stress she was under felt very realistic to me. I was rooting for her the entire time; the poor girl just wanted to get an education!  

The plot twists and turns and keeps you hooked. I loved following Becca as she dug deeper and deeper into her past. This was definitely one of those books that you can't put down from start to finish. I really enjoyed the flashback chapters and how they let you get to know Becca, and the first-person narrative really helped you connect with her. The emotional complexity of the character felt very real to me: even though Becca knew her father had done a horrible thing, she still couldn't seem to let go of him. 

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys YA contemporary lit, and anyone who (like me!) is a huge fan of Margaret Peterson Haddix. 

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