Has to Be Love by Jolene Perry

September 2, 2015 | 4 Comments
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Author: Jolene Perry
Genres: YA Social/Family Issues
Format: eBook, Print
Pages: 272
Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: AW Teen

Years ago, Clara survived a vicious bear attack. She’s used to getting sympathetic looks around town, but meeting strangers is a different story. Yet her dreams go far beyond Knik, Alaska, and now she’s got a secret that’s both thrilling and terrifying—an acceptance letter from Columbia University. But it turns out her scars aren’t as fixable as she hoped, and when her boyfriend begins to press for a forever commitment, she has second thoughts about New York.

Then Rhodes, a student teacher in her English class, forces her to acknowledge her writing talent, and everything becomes even more confusing—especially with the feelings she’s starting to have about him.

Now all Clara wants to do is hide from the tough choices she has to make. When her world comes crashing down around her, Clara has to confront her problems and find her way to a decision. Will she choose the life of her dreams or the life that someone she loves has chosen? Which choice is scarier?

Caution: While not explicit, there is some touchy-feely in this book. This becomes the motivator for Clara to change the path she’s on. Parents may want to read this first.


About Jolene Perry

Jolene cannot express how many times she wished she could write a whole novel. And now she has. Several times. Life is good. Jolene spends grocery money on designer fabric, shoes, and books. She also writes speculative fiction under the name AJ Brooks and romance under Jolene Betty Perry and Mia Josephs.


4 responses to “Has to Be Love by Jolene Perry

  1. Amy rose

    …WARNING… This book contains explicit content. Book is about a lds girls but author doesn’t write with lds standards.

    • LDS Book Geek

      Amy, I contacted the author about this. Yes, the main character does start down the wrong path that is different from what our youth are taught. But she decides it’s not a path she wants to take and leaves. Much as we don’t like it, I think many of our girls find themselves in similar situations. This is a book that deals with those issues and models how to change when you make a wrong turn.

      • Amy rose

        True it does happen but when a writer portrays the mistake as she has it was closer to soft porn that I felt was needed. I feel a writer can bring up these issues without going into all the details as she did.

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