Look up the word “nerd” and you’ll find Lily Bailey’s picture. She’s got one goal: first stop valedictorian, next stop Harvard. Until a stint in the hospital from too much stress lands her in the last place a klutz like her ever expected to be: salsa dance lessons.
Look up the word “popular” and you’ll find Stone Torres’s picture. His life seems perfect—star of the football team, small-town hero, lots of friends. But his family is struggling to make ends meet, so if pitching in at his mom's dance studio helps, he’ll do it.
When Lily’s dad offers Stone extra cash to volunteer as Lily’s permanent dance partner, he can’t refuse. But with each dip and turn, each moment her hand is in his, his side job starts to feel all too real. Lily shows Stone he's more than his impressive football stats, and he introduces her to a world outside of studying. But with the lines blurred, can their relationship survive the secret he's been hiding?
I don't often rate a contemporary novel 5 stars. Actually, let's be honest, I don't rate 5 stars on many books at all. I guess I'm jaded.... anyway that's a topic for another day! I just wanted to point out that I don't give out 5 stars easily but this one deserves every single star! Screw 5 stars, let's go for 6! I'm serious, this book is so great. It's cute, sweet, and even at times, heartbreaking. I felt so many different emotions while reading this.
Rewind, let's go back and recap this book. This follows Lily, a super smart girl with a heart of gold. She's got her whole life planned but never lives in the now since her mother passed away. It also follows Stone, a star footballer who has no plans for the future and lives only in the now. When Lily is forced to take a dance lesson at his mum's studio their lives will change forever.
I love how they grow together, this relationship is one of the best I've ever seen, they really do make each other stronger, better people and I love that. I enjoyed watching them grow into themselves and learning where they fit into the world and figuring out their future together. I love how Lily got her dad back and Stone's family overall is freaking perfect, I want them as my own. I really can't praise this book enough! This was the first book I'd read by this author, now I'm going to go back and look through all her other books because I truly loved this one so much!
*Thanks to NetGalley for this title in exchange for an honest review*