ARC Review: Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt!!!

Posted May 15, 2015 by Nori in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

Heat of the Moment
Lauren Barnholdt
Release Date: 05/15/2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Borrowed From: Sajda

Before graduation, I promise to…learn to trust. In the first book in the Moment of Truth series, Lyla discovers that trusting her head might be easy but trusting her heart is a whole other matter.

Each book in this paperback original series is told from the perspective of a different girl—Lyla, Aven, and Quinn—former best friends who wrote emails to their future selves back in freshman year about one thing they hope to accomplish before they graduate. When the emails get delivered on the first morning of their senior trip all three girls will spend the next three days trying to keep the promises they made to themselves four years ago. While each book follow’s one girl’s life-changing adventure, you have to read them all to get the whole story, including why they’re no longer friends and whether they can get their friendship back on track.

Lyla McAfee had all but forgotten the email that she wrote to herself freshman year and scheduled to be delivered right before graduation—the one promising that she’d learn to trust by the end of senior year. But when she receives it the first morning of her senior trip to Florida her life is sent into a tailspin. Soon she’s questioning her seemingly perfect relationship with her boyfriend, Derrick; her attraction to the school player, Beckett; and whether ending her friendship with Aven and Quinn, her former BFFs, was one of the biggest mistakes of her life.

The first book in a captivating summer trilogy, Heat of the Moment flawlessly balances romance and humor as Lyla embarks on her totally reluctant but completely irresistible journey of self-discovery. And readers will have a chance to discover whole truth about the fight that ended Lyla, Quinn, and Aven’s friendship in the next two installments of the series, coming out later the same summer!

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Have you ever read a book that is so mindless that you can’t help but laugh? That was me while I was reading Heat of the Moment.

The concept behind Heat of the Moment is that it is one part of a trilogy, where each book focuses on one of three ex-best friends. The book started with Lyla missing the bus for her senior trip to Disney. She had been looking forward to this trip forever, so she started panicking when she realized that she might not be able to go after all. She luckily ran into another guy from her school who missed the bus, and he generously gave her a ride. But once Lyla arrived in Disney, it turned out that her senior trip wasn’t going to be her ‘happily ever after’ trip that she wanted. You see, she has a boyfriend who she loved (and planned on losing her virginity to during this trip), but she couldn’t stop thinking about another guy. Let the boy trouble begin! But it wasn’t just boy trouble…Lyla also had to deal with being roommates with her two ex-best friends.

I had trouble connecting to most of the characters, and some seemed one dimensional. They were all very superficial, and I did not feel as though I could trust anyone. It was as though the characters were lying to themselves, and by doing that, they were lying to the reader. Then again, maybe I’m biased. I loathe people who are liars. But even though I didn’t connect with the characters, I must admit that Heat of the Moment was funny. I actually was laughing throughout the entire book. It was bizarre. I don’t know how to describe it other than I didn’t like it, but it was hysterical.

Also, I should probably give a warning. Yes, there were love triangles in this book, but no, I did not enjoy them. They were very messy and confusing. I do not think that they were necessary- they seemed very random. Also, there was a HUGE cliffhanger at the end of the book, which caused me to read the last page twice before I realized that it was actually the ending. Literally, the last paragraph of this book made my head spin. It made absolutely no sense, at all, but yet it was very effective. I need to read the next book to find out what happened next!

I am going to give this book 2.5/5 stars, but round up to 3 because it was funny and I do want to read the sequel.

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5 responses to “ARC Review: Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt!!!

  1. Lynnette

    Haha i completely understand how you can hate a book and think it is hilarious at the same time!

  2. I completely know what you mean about a book that’s so absurd that’s it’s just hilarious. I recently read Velvet and felt the same. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one! I don’t think I’ll be picking it up. I haven’t heard such great things =/

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