Famous by Default – M.K. Harkins is a remarkable story of love, coming of age, life and loss. This story centers around two characters named Jax and Sivan. Jax is the youngest brother of a famous boy band. While he loves music and can play the guitar, he wants no part of that world. Sivan becomes a foster child of the state after losing her immediate family and having no relatives. She has seen more than her fair share of the abuse and neglect that sometimes accompanies foster care. They both get sent to Miss Betty’s, a farm in Iowa that is in the middle of nowhere. Betty is Jax’s aunt and Sivan’s foster parent. At first there is tension between the two, both have different pasts and are struggling to deal with their own issues. However, they soon begin to rely on each other and finds ways to help the other deal with their own demons. This book has many ups and downs making you want to cry one moment and smile the next. There are a few issues in this story that involve the hardships that some foster children have to face. Harkins does an amazing job of addressing such issues! His style of writing is easy to follow and he seamlessly goes from Jax’s point of view to Sivan’s. I really enjoyed reading this story and look forward to reading more of his books. ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can purchase your copy HERE
(from amazon.com) Jax Buried, By my family’s fame. Dying to escape the limelight, And finally, I do. Being raised as a Jayne, I’m under constant scrutiny. The rock band my brothers formed makes it impossible to stay under the radar. Paparazzi, tabloids, rabidfans–you name it and I’ve got it. It all makes me sick. But getting shippedoff to crazy Aunt Betty’s house in my senior year of high school isn’t anybetter. After all, there isn’t a stray kid or pet in the world that my auntwouldn’t take in. Then I meet her. She’s cautious, suspicious, and not interested in me at all.But that’s fine by me. Sivan Holt may be beautiful and intelligent, but she’snothing I’m looking for.
Sivan Drowning, In my past. Struggling to feel settled. And finally, I do. Growing up in the foster care system, I longed for a sense of belonging. All Iwanted was a place to call home. At the age of seventeen, I’m finally startingto feel it here. Home. When he comes along, it unsettles me. I don’t want him to ruin everything we’vebuilt–everything that matters. Jax Jayne is arrogant, privileged, and I wantnothing to do with him. But those green eyes of his keep drawing me in. If Ilet down my walls, will it be my final undoing?
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