Thirteen-year old Tess has never been able to compete with her “perfect” older sister, but now she must—if she wants to inherit her grandmother’s priceless tiara. The two girls have been invited to their grandparent’s lake house for the summer to help take care of Grandma who’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The sister who earns the most “helpful points” wins the former beauty queen’s crown.
"It’s not easy for Tess, who seems to always get things wrong despite best intentions. And who is that mysterious stranger who’s just moved next door to their grandparents’ summer cottage? Does he know that Tess’ grandmother was once the winner of a famous patriotic beauty contest? Or that she keeps her tiara where anyone can steal it? And why doesn’t he have a face?
My Rating: 4/5
I received this book for review from the author. The author's Goodreads page can be found here.
This is probably more a children's book than young adult but I liked it anyway.
Tess was a very intriguing character, and her relationship with her older sister Brianna was very realistic.
I liked how much the author was able to squeeze into the story and not make it too heavy. From grandmother's Alzheimer's to the neighbour being autistic. Plus the whole terrorism aspect.
This book was also very fast paced and would be the perfect read for reluctant readers.