Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt
This is the first book of the series where M, short for Marsha is a nerdy, awkward 15-year-old teenager living her life in small town Jewel Indiana. M lives a tragic life, being orphaned and now living with her disapprovingly strict aunt and brainless uncle. Life changes for her when the new student (a very attractive new student) Rigel, starts paying more attention to M. M finds her acne clears up, she know longer needs glasses and weird things are happening. Rigel is more mysterious and intriguing and more interested in hanging out with M over the popular crowd. As M navigates her high school life, between homework, friend drama, learning more about Riger and bullies, life with Riger becomes more interesting than she could have imagined.
This was an amazing opening book to a really intriguing series. The huge revelation of the book was not what I thought it would be, but it was good. Hiatt does a great job of creating an uneasy, unusual tension between Riger and M that you are dying to know what the secret is. In the beginning of the series, and in this book, I felt M was very spineless. She should have stood up for herself more when her friends start to ditch her. Riger is swoon worthy and extremely sweet to M. Their bond and love is described so well, it makes it very plausible. The book time frame is a little confusing as the first book only takes place in a span of a few months. I thought it was a great first book, fast-paced and easy to read. 3.5/5
Published: 2013, 239 pages.