Happy book birthday to Love, Jacaranda by Alex Flinn! I spy…a Great Expectations retelling! I could be wrong about this, but since I know Alex Flinn is one of those authors who does retellings and it sounds very reminiscent of that story I once read in high school, I just have this feeling. I’m really excited, though. I don’t think it’s every day that we get a retelling like this.
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?