Saturday, April 4, 2015

Review: The Color of Happiness @kpgazelle

Title: The Color of Happiness
Author: K. P. Gazelle
Release Date: March 1st 2015
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher: Radiant Books
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review


Faith Lane is the girl who has everything. At least, that’s what everyone thinks when they see her rocking a killer dress while laughing with her best friend, Tiffany. 
But Faith’s life is far from flawless. Her peers torment her relentlessly, and her parents expect her to be the epitome of perfection. Criticized and pressured at school and home, Faith retreats into silent acceptance and finds an escape in her passion of dancing. 
Then she meets Alex – quirky, forever with a pass, and concealing a mysterious secret of his own. And through his encouragement, Faith starts believing in her gift for dance and gains courage to stand up for herself. But will she be able to keep her footing when the events of one night consume her with the need to jump off the rocky cliffs near her coastal home? And what has pushed her to the edge of reason?

K.P Gazelle has been connected with young adults in some way for as long as she can remember.  She's obsessed with coffee, books, and big dreams.


Sometimes all it takes is one person that believes in us, that encourages us to pursue that thing we love and then life can be everything we dreamt of. In The Color of Happiness Faith lives by her principles, tries to excel at her honor classes and dreams about dancing. And one day, when nothing special was happening, she meets Alex.

The Color of Happiness is not the classical story of young adult anguish and love as the answer to teenager problems. It's a beautiful story that reminds us the sweetness of first love and the importance of friendship.

Faith is a character like no other. For the first time we don't have a lonely or tormented teenager, she is unique as every girl in the world. She dreams, hopes, fears, hurts but above all she lives. I liked that she has a dark moment at the beginning of the book, it was necessary because teenager years are full of ups and downs. And the fact that she was considering to take such a drastic decision doesn’t mean she is broken it just means that she is human and sometimes the pain is too much.

Something I loved is how determined she is about what she wears, she has an exceptional fashion style and the arguments she uses to defend it are really smart. She has a really great best friend and a group of kids around her that support her. She doesn’t need a boy to come to her rescue because Alex comes to her life to show her love.

The relationship between Faith and Alex is sweet and pure. It’s the perfect example of the first love. In many YA books the romance is extremely intense and there’s drama, danger and the lovers have to fight against the world to be happy. But let’s be honest, real life is not always like that, and this book recreates the magic of the first time we fall in love. The author captures the essence of young love and how life changing the experience can be.

Alex is a really sweet and real boy, there were moments where I would have like to read more about him but then I realized that the idea was not getting to know him but to see how his love for Faith impacted many lives.

I have to mention Faith’s parents because people will talk about them for sure. They are strict and way too exigent when it comes to grades. I don’t find this unreal because there are parents like that and even though they may look cold deep down they love her and want to protect her. I also loved her little brothers, they are too cute.

The writing style is superb. The author created outstanding characters and complete scenarios. Dialogues come naturally, and the emotions are palpable. The plot flows at a steady rhythm that allows us to experience the events with the characters.

I would like to say a lot more about this book but I don’t want to spoil it for you. Just let me tell you that somehow this story that seems a simple, sweet love story is a whirlwind that comes and plays with your emotions. It will only take a few hours to touch your emotions in ways other books can’t.

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