It’s not a secret that the new adult genre has found a fan in me this year. It’s a genre that catches a lot of flack (unfortunately.) That makes me sad because I truly think there are great reads to be found within it. Your late teens/early 20’s are an extremely difficult time to navigate. Most people are in college at that time, which leads to navigating those years with people new to your life that may or may not know you as well as the people you left at home. It’s a time that you experiment. A time filled with peer pressure. A time to question the things you’ve been taught your whole life. But above all, it’s a time to experience life.
This is why I’ve found the new adult genre so important and awesome. It’s filled with books that truly speak to the fears, issues, and experiences that occur during that time of your life. I’ve found books like Tammara Webber’s Easy to help promote knowledge of rape culture and sexual assault. Cora Carmack’s Losing It is all about the pressure in today’s society to lose your virginity. The Temptation of Lila and Ethan by Jessica Sorensen is being added to this list of new adult must-rec’s for tackling of drug abuse, specifically prescription drugs.
On the surface, Lila Summers is flawless: good looks, expensive clothes, and a big, beautiful smile. But a dark past and even darker secrets are threatening to bubble over her perfect façade. She’ll do anything to keep the emptiness inside hidden-which leads her into situations that always end badly. Whenever she hits bottom, there’s only one person who’s there to pull her out: Ethan Gregory.
Ethan set the rules a long time ago: he and Lila are just friends. He doesn’t do relationships. Although his tattooed, bad boy exterior is a far cry from Lila’s pretty princess image, Ethan can’t deny they have a deeper connection than he’s used to. If he’s not careful, he could be in serious danger of becoming attached-and he’s learned the hard way that attachment only leads to heartbreak.
When Lila falls farther than she ever has before, can Ethan continue to help as a friend? Or is he also getting close to falling . . . for her?
Jessica Sorensen is an author you need to add to your must-read list. She tackles this difficult subject matter with hope and beauty. I’ve loved this series from the beginning (see my reviews of book one and two); it is filled with characters that have realistic flaws and the strength and courage to view those flaws as beautiful. In The Temptation of Lila and Ethan Sorensen is preaching to her readers that it’s ok to be flawed. Striving for perfection will kill you because perfection is unattainable. Our flaws are what make us “us.”
She shows us the dangers of drug addiction, and what such an addiction can do to a person’s life. I applaud her emphasis on prescription drug abuse, which is becoming more rampant in younger generations, and it gives hope to those who think they are powerless over these substances. Speaking to the young adult target audience directly about these issues, Sorensen is most likely saving lives. That is extremely important, and more proactive writing like this is needed to show young adults that they are not alone and can fight drug addiction just as the characters in Temptation do.
Therefore, I heartily encourage any fans of the new adult genre to give The Temptation of Lila and Ethan a try. It’s a powerful read with a serious message that is worth spreading.
4 out of 5 Stars
The Temptation of Lila and Ethan by Jessica Sorensen
Grand Central Publishing (2013)
eBook: 336 pages
Special thanks to Grand Central Publishing for my review copy via Netgalley!