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There comes a time in every girl's life when she is forced to pose a troubling question: What have I done? Sixteen-year old Vanessa Roberts is quickly learning how to deal- with her annoying pretty-boy lab partner, her incredibly ADD best friend, and the seemingly widening gap between her and her mother. Zack Roads should have been everything she deserved. He is more than just a nice distraction; he is also the cause for every envious glance shot Vanessa's way as she enters her sophomore year at Gem City High. What happens when she finds herself amidst a storm of hope, regret, and the danger of losing herself along the way? Readers have come to love Vanessa as the sharp-tongued best friend in What Comes of Eating Doughnuts With a Boy Who Plays Guitar and How One Attempts to Chase Gravity, and they now have the chance to see her transformation through her own tough choices and mistakes.
Some of us are very familiar with Vanessa, Luke, Courtney and Ethan! For the ones who aren't, I will try my absolute hardest not to give anything away. The Gem City books are super amazing and I would hate to spoil them for anyone.
When The Time Comes to Light a Fire is the third book in the Gem City series. This book goes back to eight grade and gives us a little glimpse of Vanessa, her friends, and this horrible ex- boyfriend of hers we hear a little about in the previous books. This book is Vanessa's story.
For those who have read the first two books in this series, we have all heard a thing or two about Zack, Vanessa's ex. In this book, Nicole shows us how the two met and why their relationship was so horrible. Nicole also shows us Vanessa's and Luke's relationship and how everyone met Ethan! This is all super exciting because we are able to see how all the characters grow and became friends before Courtney comes up for a summer visit. If you are a fan of the Gem City books then this is a MUST READ! This book is like a prequel to the other two books and I absolutely enjoyed it. I loved everything about Luke's and Vanessa's weird, awkward relationship and how he never liked Zack to begin with. By now, I am sure you guys are all wondering what Zack did and how Vanessa went from Zack to Luke? Luke basically saved Vanessa! It was super cute and I see Luke in a total different light now because of it. That is all I am allowing myself to say though. It is so hard trying to write this review without spoilers! I love this book and all the characters so much that I just want to blurt everything out to you guys!
"Boyfriend, lover, protector, knight in shining armor, whatever. All of it works for me."
This book has everything a good books needs! Friends, relationships, betrayal, backstabbing, love, lust, laughs, tears, and DRAMA! Nicole really delivers awesome books! I am looking forward to other work by Nicole Campbell. I am a forever fan!