Love, Jacaranda
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Alex Flinn comes a tale of taking a chance on love and letting your inner voice soar.Jacaranda Abbott has always tried to keep her mouth shut. As a foster kid, she’s learned the hard way that the less she talks about her mother and why she’s in jail, the better. But when a video of Jacaranda singing goes viral, a mysterious benefactor offers her a life-changing opportunity—a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school to study musical theater. Eager to start over somewhere new, Jacaranda leaps at the chance. She pours her heart out in emails to the benefactor she’s never met.Suddenly she’s swept up in a world of privilege where the competition is fierce and the talent is next level. As Jacaranda—Jackie to her new friends—tries to find her place, a charming boy from this world of wealth catches her eye. She begins to fall for him, but can he accept her for who she really is?

Love, Jacaranda Details

TitleLove, Jacaranda
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 7th, 2020
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062447890
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Young Adult Contemporary

Love, Jacaranda Review

  • TMR
    January 1, 1970
    Note: An ARC was granted generously by the publisher HarperTeen, the author, Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.I was so excited for this novel, one because the cover is cute as hell, two some of my friends loved it and I in general loved the summary. SO these were obvious reasons why I requested an ARC from Edelweiss. But then it all fell to...nothing. Disappointed me beyond hope. So let me tell you how it all happened. First of all the cover - The cover was cute as hell, a guy and a gi Note: An ARC was granted generously by the publisher HarperTeen, the author, Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.I was so excited for this novel, one because the cover is cute as hell, two some of my friends loved it and I in general loved the summary. SO these were obvious reasons why I requested an ARC from Edelweiss. But then it all fell to...nothing. Disappointed me beyond hope. So let me tell you how it all happened. First of all the cover - The cover was cute as hell, a guy and a girl holding each other at night, so yeah cute as heck image and I liked it immediately: 1. the night. 2. the couple. SO yeah definitely a favorite cover of mine. Hence a star. Second - The summary - Jacaranda is a girl who has a talent of singing even though lives in a poor condition, works and still goes to school and behaves like a normal 16 year old as best as she can. One day while singing for a customer at the supermarket she works at, she gets viral after being filmed there. Soon her life changes after a mysterious benefactor offers to pay for everything and send her to a prestigious music school. There she embarks on a life changing path, meeting new friends, finding love and navigating the world of music and finding her place among the prodigies and the rich ones who don't have much talent. A good summary. Not so cliche but not that original. I liked it, hence the star. But then it all blew like a volcano on my face.ONE thing that completely ruined it all- the formatting of the writing. Look, she originally started off as a POV. But then somehow magically, it all switched to letter writing. I don't like being mislead like this. Hence my DNF. The author should try to stick to one writing style and not manipulate or trick a reader into writing something and making them think that it's still the same. So a miss for me, alas. Maybe someone else will like it. But I certainly didn't. I might not even try her other novels for this misleading. So yeah, DNFed. Not recommended.Until the next read,TMR
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  • dani
    January 1, 1970
    when i read the synopsis i was thrilled and excited and oh boy, was i wrong.i started reading and i was intrigued by the writing style, how it was structured; i completely loved how different it was, and by the circumstances it was molded. however, as i processed her personality, what she was going through and how detached i felt from the story; i despised it.it felt like i was reading a book where the characters are 10 years old. it was a horrible experience to say the least.*special thanks to when i read the synopsis i was thrilled and excited and oh boy, was i wrong.i started reading and i was intrigued by the writing style, how it was structured; i completely loved how different it was, and by the circumstances it was molded. however, as i processed her personality, what she was going through and how detached i felt from the story; i despised it.it felt like i was reading a book where the characters are 10 years old. it was a horrible experience to say the least.*special thanks to edelweiss+ and harperteen for the arc*
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  • Shar // sunsnacksseries
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book in less than 12 hours. I really enjoyed the format of this book. The story was written through a series of emails from Jacaranda to a mysterious person who gives her a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school to study musical theater.She hasn't had it easy. Her mother was imprisoned for convicted murder and she's bounced around in several foster homes. So she's excited to go to the new school, for a new adventure and opportunities.Although this story was predictable at times I read this book in less than 12 hours. I really enjoyed the format of this book. The story was written through a series of emails from Jacaranda to a mysterious person who gives her a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school to study musical theater.She hasn't had it easy. Her mother was imprisoned for convicted murder and she's bounced around in several foster homes. So she's excited to go to the new school, for a new adventure and opportunities.Although this story was predictable at times, I liked the gentle romance, the drama, and watching Jacaranda grow as a person. I love an MC who chases after their dreams, and she did just that.Thank you to Epic Reads for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Jacaranda loved to sing, and she was doing just that, as she bagged groceries at Publix. Little did she know, a recording of her would go viral and attract the attention of a generous anonymous benefactor, who wanted to send her to the Midwestern Arts Academy. Jacaranda knew this was the chance of lifetime, but wondered if she had the talent to make the cut at MAA. Jacaranda had not had it easy. Her mother was an addict who would bring dangerous men into their lives. After her mother was impriso Jacaranda loved to sing, and she was doing just that, as she bagged groceries at Publix. Little did she know, a recording of her would go viral and attract the attention of a generous anonymous benefactor, who wanted to send her to the Midwestern Arts Academy. Jacaranda knew this was the chance of lifetime, but wondered if she had the talent to make the cut at MAA. Jacaranda had not had it easy. Her mother was an addict who would bring dangerous men into their lives. After her mother was imprisoned for attempted murder, while protecting them, Jacaranda was bounced around several foster homes. No, Jacaranda had not had it easy, but she kept her head up and held on her dreams. I had so much space in my heart for this sweet and charming young woman, and I was happy to cheer her on as she embarked on her next chapter at the school of the arts. This was an epistolary novel, and therefore, I spent a whole lot of time in Jacaranda's head which I rather enjoyed. Most of her letters related to her daily ins and outs, while she shared her past and her emotions in others. It was wonderful watching her life change from letter to letter. She made friends, learned new skills, and even fell in love. And each detail was conveyed via a voice that was clear and honest. It broke my heart that Jacaranda felt like she had to hide pieces of herself. She worried that coming from an economically disadvantaged background and having a mother who was incarcerated would bring the wrong kind of attention. She struggled with the guilt of not being herself, with not being honest, throughout the book, and it hampered her friendships. Yet, it didn't dampen my love for her, because Jacaranda was so sweet and endearing, and I just wanted everything to go her way. The story may be a bit predictable, but I think people will delight in meeting Jacaranda and watching her dreams come true. I know I did, and I was also really proud of all the ways she grew. Overall, I appreciated this story about a girl, who when given an opportunity, she grabbed on with two hands and worked and worked to get closer to achieving her dreams.*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Debbie Reed Fischer
    January 1, 1970
    Not-put-downable from start to finish! I had the privilege of reading this ARC and devoured it in one sitting. This novel is definitely my favorite out of all of Alex Flinn's books. You will root for Jackie (Jacaranda) all the way from its beginning to its satisfying ending. I love the characters, especially the many layers of Jackie, including her heart and humor. Flinn gives readers the dream of every talented person: to get discovered. Many young adults who are singers, dancers, and actors wi Not-put-downable from start to finish! I had the privilege of reading this ARC and devoured it in one sitting. This novel is definitely my favorite out of all of Alex Flinn's books. You will root for Jackie (Jacaranda) all the way from its beginning to its satisfying ending. I love the characters, especially the many layers of Jackie, including her heart and humor. Flinn gives readers the dream of every talented person: to get discovered. Many young adults who are singers, dancers, and actors will love the world of a prestigous boarding school of the arts, which Flinn depicts in delicious detail. From the comaraderie to the rivalry, the alternating confidence and insecurity, readers of all ages will relate to Jacaranda's journey, as well as those of other characters as well. The author also serves up twists that kept me turning pages well past my bedtime, and of course, a beautiful romance. Just writing this review is making me want to read it again. Looking forward to a movie deal for this one. I loved this book!
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  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars, probably closer to 4 1/2. RTC
  • CLM
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyed this modern retelling of Daddy Long Legs:https://perfectretort.blogspot.com/20... Enjoyed this modern retelling of Daddy Long Legs:https://perfectretort.blogspot.com/20...
  • Pixie 🍜
    January 1, 1970
    I want to take the opportunity to thank both Alex Flinn who personally offered to let me read this ARC and her lovely publishers in exchange for an honest review. So in that vein of thought I’d like to write this in the style of the book. Dear Ms. Flinn,I’ve been reading your work ever since Beastly and you wouldn’t believe the times your words have helped me. They really have. I was so shocked and excited when you reached out to my on Instagram and asked if I’d like to read this. I cried! I rea I want to take the opportunity to thank both Alex Flinn who personally offered to let me read this ARC and her lovely publishers in exchange for an honest review. So in that vein of thought I’d like to write this in the style of the book. Dear Ms. Flinn,I’ve been reading your work ever since Beastly and you wouldn’t believe the times your words have helped me. They really have. I was so shocked and excited when you reached out to my on Instagram and asked if I’d like to read this. I cried! I really did. No one has really ever taken any notice of me or my blog but I felt seen. I write about books because they’re the thing that gets me through the day. Somethings that eases my depression and let’s me know there is something better. I never thought I’d fall in love with this book. I’m not really one for books rooted in reality instead of magic, but I wanted to read it because you sent it to me. On my birthday no less! I have to apologise it too me so long, I’ve been in a slump since early March. But here I am. It’s 1am and I stayed up to finish this. I won’t lie and say I didn’t cry pretty much constantly from 60% all the way to the end, I did. I sobbed, I felt it in my soul. I heard from some that this is w retelling of a story, but I didn’t know it. It didn’t really matter because I connected with it so deeply. You wrote a story that eased my pains and helped me come to terms with some of the stuff that’s been happening in my life. It sounds so dumb to write it that way but I felt like Jackie. But with less talent haha! Thank you for keeping me up into the earlier hours crying when I felt unable to feel anymore. Love, Pixie PS. You should write a sequel so I can cry some more.
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  • Stephanie Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Very inspiring, fluffy book. jacaranda works at Publix and sings a made up song for one of her favorite customers per his request. It becomes viral and she is offered a generous offer from a mysterious benefactor for a full tuition, room and board plus an allowance to an performing arts high school in Michigan. jacaranda’s home life is far fromIdea. She is in foster care, her mom is in prison, she doesn’t know her father. She has alway been poor and her mother has been more interested in her cur Very inspiring, fluffy book. jacaranda works at Publix and sings a made up song for one of her favorite customers per his request. It becomes viral and she is offered a generous offer from a mysterious benefactor for a full tuition, room and board plus an allowance to an performing arts high school in Michigan. jacaranda’s home life is far fromIdea. She is in foster care, her mom is in prison, she doesn’t know her father. She has alway been poor and her mother has been more interested in her current scummy boyfriend then her daughter. She accepts but decides not to give any details about her home life because she is embarrassed. She goes by Jackie. The school is competitive and she makes a friend but also a rival. She meets her rival’s cousin Finn and they begin a romance. She tells him more than she tells the others but she is still keeping a lot of secrets. All the characters go thru anxiety and doubt about being good enough. I enjoyed all the reference to broadway musicals and plays. It pulled me in and kept me entertained. I would definitely recommend this.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for Booklist Reviewed for Booklist
  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusJacaranda is working at a Publix grocery store in Miami. She has been in foster care for a while because her mother is in prison, but is doing fairly well in her current home, and taking control of her own life. When she sings her own version of the store's ditty for one of her elderly, regular customers and another customer posts it on the internet, her performance goes viral. She is contacted by a woman named Vanessa, who says that a rich benefactor has seen her E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusJacaranda is working at a Publix grocery store in Miami. She has been in foster care for a while because her mother is in prison, but is doing fairly well in her current home, and taking control of her own life. When she sings her own version of the store's ditty for one of her elderly, regular customers and another customer posts it on the internet, her performance goes viral. She is contacted by a woman named Vanessa, who says that a rich benefactor has seen her performance and offered to pay for her to go to the exclusive performing arts school in Michigan, Midwestern Arts Academy. Once she is there, she starts emailing the "John Smith" who has paid her expenses. Vanessa also helps Jacaranda buy clothes and fittings for her dorm room. She's self conscious about her background, especially when she meets people like Phoebe, who is very wealthy and entitled. Going by "Jackie" to avoid being recognized from the video, she settles in to life in the exclusive school, reveling in the food and the experiences in the arts, which she had not been able to have in Miami. She eventually meets Phoebe's cousin, John Jarvis Pendelton, III, an "eligible bachelor" over whom the other students fawn. Jacaranda also finds him attractive and nice, and soon the two are spending as much time together as distance allows. In between trips and shows, Jacaranda deals with the competition in her school, performing, and learning about singing and musical theater. She is falling in love with Jarvis, but when she finds out some secrets about him, will the two be able to remain together?Strengths: Like Jerusha Abbot in Daddy Long-Legs (of which this is a re imagined version), Jacaranda is able to appreciate many things about her school that the wealthy students are not able to. She embraces her education and tries to fill in the gaps that her life in Miami has created, but also realizes that doing things like working in Publix has given her skills that her well-to-do friends don't have. The romance is gentle and realistic, except for the extreme wealth allowing them to travel all over bit, which is fun for ordinary students to read. The drama surrounding the performances, roommates, etc. is appealing as well. I was impressed with the way that Flinn used names, circumstances and plot from the original and freshened the original with some good twists. Weaknesses: I am always looking for YA romances that are a bit more manageable for middle grade readers; this has one mention of a party where vodka is being drunk and where one girl needs to be removed from a situation where she is too drunk to make good decisions, but otherwise, this is similar to the works of Jennifer E. Smith or Kasey West.What I really think: My students won't have any idea at all about Daddy Long-Legs, which I reread after reading this so I could compare the two. This was a very nice update, taking into consideration things that were good and bad about the original and spinning this into a fun romance for modern readers. Will purchase for my romance readers.
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  • Fatima
    January 1, 1970
    Love, Jacaranda will make you laugh lots and it's totally immersive! My complete review: https://bataysbookshelf.wordpress.com... Love, Jacaranda will make you laugh lots and it's totally immersive! My complete review: https://bataysbookshelf.wordpress.com...
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  • Kimberly Rein
    January 1, 1970
    I have mixed feelings on this book. I loved Nothing to Lose (2004) by Alex Flinn and Beastly (2011), so I snagged this one when I saw it was by the same author.I love the way it was written. Jacaranda is a teen in foster care living in Miami. Her mother is in prison and her aunt couldn't take her in anymore. Jacaranda is working at Publix when someone records her singing for a customer. The video goes viral and a benefactor (Mr. John Smith) sees her and offers to pay her room and board at a perf I have mixed feelings on this book. I loved Nothing to Lose (2004) by Alex Flinn and Beastly (2011), so I snagged this one when I saw it was by the same author.I love the way it was written. Jacaranda is a teen in foster care living in Miami. Her mother is in prison and her aunt couldn't take her in anymore. Jacaranda is working at Publix when someone records her singing for a customer. The video goes viral and a benefactor (Mr. John Smith) sees her and offers to pay her room and board at a performing arts boarding school in Michigan. The book is written in emails she sends to "Mr. Smith" as he won't identify himself. She goes by "Jackie" as she doesn't want to share her past with her new friends and admit her mother is in prison or that she is poor and someone else is paying her way. She writes about her new friends and frenemies and how hard her classes are coming in as a junior without previous vocal or dance lessons. Jackie also confides in Mr Smith about the new boy she meets and the competition in her classes between her and her classmates. The book was predictable. I read it on my Kindle and by 43% of the way through I knew what was going to happen. It was still a good read, but there wasn't any suspense or surprises. The characters are 16 and 17, but I thought it read as more of a middle grade book than a YA novel. 6/10 for fans of romance but more PG than PG-13.
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  • CR
    January 1, 1970
    This adorable letter format story was one that I finished in one sitting. I loved how the story unfolded and ended. I haven't read a story like this before so it was something new to keep me entertained. I loved the character of Jacaranda she knew what she wanted to do and knew what she would do to get it. The setting where this all began was here in Florida so that was pretty cool!! Nothing like seeing Publix in a book. It just made the story more real. Like I could have seen this girl in one o This adorable letter format story was one that I finished in one sitting. I loved how the story unfolded and ended. I haven't read a story like this before so it was something new to keep me entertained. I loved the character of Jacaranda she knew what she wanted to do and knew what she would do to get it. The setting where this all began was here in Florida so that was pretty cool!! Nothing like seeing Publix in a book. It just made the story more real. Like I could have seen this girl in one of the stores that I have been to. I haven't read many books by Flinn but that is about to change. I loved everything in this story and can not wait for more!
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  • Lesley
    January 1, 1970
    “I’ve been alive sixteen years, and this is the first time since my granny died that anyone has ever noticed me.” (10)Jacaranda is a high school junior and works as a bagger at Publix in Florida. Her mother is in prison for attempted murder and, after her aunt refused to care for her, Jacaranda began her journey through the foster system. Her future goals are to graduate high school and possibly become a Publix manager one day. But as of now her goal is to get a solo in her high school spring co “I’ve been alive sixteen years, and this is the first time since my granny died that anyone has ever noticed me.” (10)Jacaranda is a high school junior and works as a bagger at Publix in Florida. Her mother is in prison for attempted murder and, after her aunt refused to care for her, Jacaranda began her journey through the foster system. Her future goals are to graduate high school and possibly become a Publix manager one day. But as of now her goal is to get a solo in her high school spring concert.When a favorite customer asks her to sing, she sings the Publix jingle, and is unknowingly recorded by another customer. The video goes viral, and Jacaranda’s life changes. An anonymous benefactor sees the video and sponsors her to a prestigious arts school in Michigan where she realizes that her dreams can be much bigger.The reader follows Jackie, as she now calls herself, through her daily emails to her sponsor as she navigates her new world, taking nothing for granted—real meals, new fashionable outfits, friends who support her, mentors, visits to New York City, even jealous classmates, and ever-widening opportunities. She loves everything about her new life and doesn’t take anything for granted. “Do you know what I love most as MAA? You might think it’s the surroundings or the people or the opportunities. I love all those things. But the best thing is the predictability…. I didn’t have that type of predictability in foster care, and I sure didn’t have it with my mother.” (253)And she now has a wealthy boyfriend—a nice, compassionate boyfriend whose main goal is use his wealth to help others. But as she fits in and earns roles in the school musicals, Jackie constantly worries that Jarvis and her new friends will no longer accept her if they discover her secrets. “It was always so shameful being poor, even though it’s a matter of luck when you’re a kid.” (131) Jackie tries to hide her background and her mother’s situation even as she meets a classmate who is brave enough to share her own past homelessness.Reading Jacaranda’s story through her emails to her benefactor lets readers live through not only her linear story but learn about her teachers, her past, and her thoughts that may not be accessible in even a first person story narrative. The emails also allow for short read-alouds at the beginning or ending of a class period. Alex Flinn’s new novel tells a story of a strong teen facing the challenges of poverty, talent, acceptance, and relationships.
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  • Lissa Hawley
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this book, but I didn't love it. It was well written, and the letter writing gimmick didn't bother me as is sometimes the case, but the MC's...voice seemed oddly immature (which may have been the fault of the gimmick)Still not a bad little book.
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  • Beccanox
    January 1, 1970
    Fun, sweet, a little tame for what I expect from Alex Finn. A little predictable. Liked the focus on female inner life, friendships and agency.
  •  Lianne Mei
    January 1, 1970
    I tried to get into this but I didn’t like it.
  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    2.5
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    January 1, 1970
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