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✓ Read É Foreign Exchange by Denise Jaden É Foreign Exchange is about the power of friendship and love Jamie Monroe is the girl next door who s biggest accomplishment is having an uber beautiful best friend, Tristen, who also happens to have a hot older brother, Sawyer see where this is going But when Tristen tricks her parents into letting her go to Europe, where she s going to break into a career in high fashion modeling, Jamie and Sawyer smell a rat and take off across Europe to track down the wayward teen But let s not forget Jamie and Sawyer Can t have a good YA without a little romance Sawyer is the hottest guy in school, way out of Jamie s reachor so she thinks Sawyer, a man after my own heart, knows a good thing when he sees it or lives next door to it I ve read previous books by this author all great , and she changes up things with this one The end of the bo Can t wait to share this book with you Jamie and Sawyer are really special characters to me.
Denise Jaden brings everything to the table in this feast of young adult contemporary goodness Sexual tension, longing, confusion, heartbreak And an extra bonus the fluid and engaging narration from Jamie, the vulnerable, yet determined heroine ready to start taking some risks in life and love When Jamie steps out from the rather imposing shadow her beautiful best friend casts and into her own light things get amazing and complicated A coming of age story you won t want to miss.
I love books that take place in other countries so I was really looking forward to reading Foreign Exchange by Denise Jaden.
The international travel didn t start until later in the book, close to the halfway mark But it still worked for me because there had to be some time for the romance to slowly develop, and for the mystery aspect of it to piece together I found myself totally sucked into the story and wondering where the mystery aspect of it would go.
Jamie was a pretty great character She felt pretty real to me and I loved how she cared for her severely disabled brother I saw her frustration with her mom and brother so well but also felt how much she loved them And her best friend Tristan Right away I knew Tristan had to have kept some serious secrets from her, but the mystery is, what is she doing in Europe and is she safe Jamie and her Tristans brother, Sawyer, are b Well That went places I didn t expect Foreign Exchange starts out much the same way as any other YA romance girl Jamie has the hots for her best friend s brother who is a model and considered the holy grail of a romantic goal for every single girl at their high school He s off limits, of course, both because Jamie is shy awkward and because her best friend Tristan would not approve.
Tristan goes to Italy for a semester, and when the cat s awaySo Jamie and Sawyer immediately swoon over each other a lot, though they are occasionally thwarted by Jamie s grumpy mother, who seems to blame Jamie for not being able to be on call 24 7 to take care of her disabled brother.
But then stuff gets weird Tristan s exchange programme is looking sketchier by the minute, and since Jamie is conveniently going on a school trip to Spain and conveniently already has plans to ditch the trip to meet up with T Jamie, the main character, is best friends with Tristan but everything is not as it seems When Tristan goes to Europe, the mystery deepens Tristan has warned Jamie to stay away from her brother Sawyer, so of course they fall in love I didn t always understand or agree with their actions but I had to remember that these were kids, not adults The narration was well done and the ending surprised me a little I liked that there was a message here for young people, not just another romance story I really enjoyed Foreign Exchange and would recommend it.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator This review is my honest opinion.
Jamie Monroe Has Always Played It Safe That Is, Until Her Live For The Moment Best Friend, Tristan, Jets Off To Italy On A Student Exchange Program Left Alone With Her Part Time Mother And Her Disabled Brother, Jamie Discovers That She Is Quite Capable Of Taking Her Own Risks, Starting With Her Best Friend S Hotter Than Hot Older Brother, Sawyer Sawyer And Tristan Have Been Neighbors For Years, But As Jamie Grows Closer To The Family She Thought She Knew, She Discovers Some Pretty Big Secrets As She Sinks Deeper Into Their Web Of Pretense, She Suspects That Her Best Friend May Not Be On A Safe Exchange Program At All Jamie Sets Off To Europe On A Class Trip With Plans To Meet Up With Tristan, But When Tristan Stops All Communication, Suddenly No One Seems Trustworthy, Least Of All The One Person She Was Starting To Trust Sawyer Foreign Exchange, by Denise Jaden, is an unexpected twist on teen romance Don t get me wrong lovers of the genre will find all they want of that in this book But there s here, too, a startling parable without the preaching, a cautionary tale that is story driven, not sermonized.
Jamie Monroe is a teenager with than a kid s fair share of responsibility A multi lingual would be world traveler, she s mired in drudgery in her less than ideal home life in suburban Michigan With no father at home and her disgruntled single mother working late most nights, it falls to Jamie to be the caregiver for her severely disabled little brother, Eddy Though she loves him, she yearns for something better for herself, and it is with no small degree of jealousy that she bids farewell to her best friend, Tristan, to a Foreign Exchange program that will, for the moment, Strong 3 starsProbably my favourite thing about this book is the characters and how they interacted I thought Denise Jaden did a good job of creating layered characters who had shades of grey to them, just like real people Our main character is Jamie, an all around girl next door type However Jamie has had a pretty tough life, having to look after her little brother constantly and having a mom who doesn t make it easy on her.
The secondary characters in Foreign Exchange were also very interesting I liked that Sawyer had hidden depths and he wasn t what people thought he was There s this idea we have, both in fiction and real life, that if you re a Popular Beautiful Person then you must automatically be a completely horrible person too Of course this isn t true, and this stereotype is completely proven I ve enjoyed two of Denise Jaden s other novels, and I love the foreign travel setting, so I had high hopes for this one Unfortunately, I didn t really care for Foreign Exchange Although the plot centered around locating protagonist Jamie s best friend, Tristan, who seems to have disappeared on a trip to Italy, most of the pages seemed dedicated to a very lackluster romance between Jamie and Tristan s brother, Sawyer For those who might be confused about the names, Jamie and Tristan are both girls Since I have never heard of a female Tristan before, I stumbled over the name every time I read it When Jamie and Sawyer finally get to Europe to look for her, the action slowly picks up a bit Around the 80% mark, things really escalate, but the events are so much darker than everything prior, I found it a bit jarring view spoiler Tr

Denise Jaden enjoys writing craft books for writers and fiction for young adults.Her first novel for teens, LOSING FAITH, was released from Simon Pulse, fall 2010 The first draft was written in 21 days during NaNoWriMo NEVER ENOUGH, her second novel, was released July 10, 2012 A companion group of stories NEVER ENOUGH STORIES is available for free at Smashwords.com WRITING WITH A HEAVY HEART