Alex moves to a new town and has no friends at her new school, until she meets extremely close twins, Fred and Adina. Alex moves to a new town with her mother when her dad has an affair. Starting at a new school mid-year is hard enough the sixteen-year old but things get weird after she starts hanging with twins Fred and Adina. The brother and sister team are closer than most siblings and not very well liked by their schoolmates. Their mother died years ago in a fatal car accident. They are left on their own while their dad travels. They live in a mini-mansion with a house full of wine bottles at their disposal. Adina takes advantage of her freedom by drinking in access while she eats close to nothing. She cooks but won't eat and is anorexic, Fred seems to be in denial about his sister's disorder.
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Alex hasn't kissed a boy before and develops a crush on Fred. Adina isn't having it, she is extremely jealous of anyone getting to close to her twin. Alex's mom is going through her own depression and spends a lot of time in bed crying over the loss of her husband who cheated with a much younger woman.
Alex does what she can to be a support for her mom but she has her own adjustments to make. Her best friend Evie lives in Alex's hometown has a new guy (Ben) and is brushing her off. Evie is a flirt and has been kissing boys since the girls were eleven. She doesn't seem to care that Alex needs her as she tries to sort things out.
Alex spends every other weekend with her dad and really looks forward to hanging out with Evie, but she keeps getting blown off. When she is with her mom in her grandma's old house she spends many evenings with the twins.
When Evie comes to spend the weekend with Alex, she flirts with Fred without blinking an eye. Alex is crushed. Isn't she in love with Ben?
Alex finally gets up her nerve and kisses Fred, Adina finds out, trips out and kisses Alex and then tells people at school that Alex came on to her. She continues her lie by saying that she dismissed Alex's advances.
When Fred decides to move beyond the too-close relationship he has with his sister and try and get closer to Alex, Adina crashes her father's Mercedes into a tree and the cops find an empty fifth of Vodka in the front seat. Adina tried to take herself out.
Fred doesn't contact Alex for two weeks and shows up at her door randomly one night. He apologizes for his lack of contact. He and Alex make a date and when Alex picks him up she notices how small and withdrawn Adina is. Fred suggests to his twin that she not wait up.
Ben breaks up with Evie, he doesn't know if he loves her. Her feelings are hurt and she runs to Alex. She apologizes for not being there for her and Alex accepts. Alex's dad and his new girlfriend Caroline are moving forward, and Evie's mom decides it will be good for her and Alex to get a new start as well. They pack up her grandma's house and rent a cute colonial where Alex chooses the attic dormer to make her own.
As Fred finds his autonomy apart from his sister, he and Alex may have a chance at sharing a few more kisses.
Best part of story, including ending:
I hated that Alex was so insecure and scared to trust.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene was when Fred stuck up for himself and his friendship with Alex.
Opinion about the main character:
I liked that Alex stopped allowing herself to be manipulated by Adina.