When Sparks Fly | Kristen Zimmer

When Sparks Fly
by Kristen Zimmer
YA Contemporary Romance
Available April 28, 2021

Hi everyone! This one’s going to be really short because I am in the final throes of undergrad right now.

“Britton Walsh has never had a home. After a lifetime in the care system, she doesn't expect she’ll ever find one. But beginning her senior year with new foster parents in a new city, means starting over yet again. Tom and Cate Cahill seem okay. The hitch? Their daughter, Avery.

Beautiful, popular and cool, Avery is everything Britton is not. She’s all Britton could ever ask for in a sister, or even a friend––but having survived without either for so long, Britton knows the way her heart races whenever Avery enters the room can only mean one thing…

But Avery has a secret. Something that is eating away at her and stopping her letting anyone in, least of all Britton. Will Avery’s insistence on punishing herself for a mistake in her past make Britton's last year of high school, and finding a place to call home, impossible? Can two such different people ever find common ground, friendship, or maybe even something more?”

When I first saw When Sparks Fly available on NetGalley, I was at once curious and hesitant, doubly so when I received an ARC. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Zimmer’s 2013 New Adult sapphic debut, so you can see why I was surprised to find myself enjoying her sophomore release. Quickly invested, I wanted to see what Avery was hiding and what would happen between her and Britton. Most of the cast is well-developed, and though some of the “teenage” language felt forced, it wasn’t overly distracting. While Brit and Avery both have traumatic pasts (in differing ways) and there are certainly moments of high emotional intensity, this is overall a feel-good book about letting yourself love others and being loved in return. Normally I’d be suspicious of a book that ends with all threads tied in a neat little bow, but honestly, Brit and Avery deserve all the hugs so I didn’t mind in this case. When Sparks Fly is an easy, enjoyable read with a likable cast and interesting story. I think most fans of contemporary YA looking for a sapphic read will enjoy this one.

Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for providing a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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