Dear Ava by Ilsa Madden-Mills

50900667. sy475 Dear Ava
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
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The rich and popular Sharks rule at prestigious, ivy-covered Camden Prep. Once upon a time, I wanted to be part of their world–until they destroyed me.

The last thing I expected was an anonymous love letter from one of them.

Please. I hate every one of those rich jerks for what they did to me. The question is, which Shark is my secret admirer?

Knox, the scarred quarterback.
Dane, his twin brother.
Or Chance, the ex who dumped me. . .

Dear Ava,
Your eyes are the color of the Caribbean Sea.
Wait. That’s stupid.
What I really mean is, you look at me and I feel something REAL.

It’s been ten months since you were here, but I can’t forget you.
I’ve missed seeing you walk down the hall.
I’ve missed you cheering at my football games.
I’ve missed the smell of your hair.

And then everything fell apart the night of the kegger.

Don’t hate me because I’m a Shark.
I just want to make you mine.

Mature Content. Recommended for 18+.

my FeelingsI had been hearing so many good things about this book and I can see why. While I didn’t love it as I anticipated, there were things that I liked about it and it talks about some serious topics.

First things first, I loved Ava. If I could give this book 5 stars just for her alone, I would. She was brave and kept shocking me with how mature and strong she was. She didn’t know was responsible for hurting her and still went back to that school. I couldn’t have done it. Not only that, but she was still able to open herself up to love. Like I said, brave.

Don’t get me wrong, I did like Knox. He was sweet, protective of Ava, and was good for her. However, he just didn’t shine as bright as Ava did to me so he was just there. These two together made sense and I don’t know how they didn’t when they first met. Well, they felt it but didn’t know how to act on it.

What made me deduct stars was that I didn’t fully get into the story until about 40%. I didn’t find myself really caring about the characters other than the main two and Knox’s brother Dane. I wanted to skim and caught myself multiple times. Not that I found it boring too much, but I wanted to get to the romance and find out who hurt Ava.

This talks about hard topics that might be triggering for some. We have Mental Illness, Rape, Sexual Assualt, and Drug Use. Please make sure you are in the right headspace.

There are some things towards the end that bothered me a little. I can’t go into detail because it would be a spoiler. (If you read this book already, message me so we can talk about it!) I can see why it happened. However, I didn’t like how the author made it seem different than it was.

Rambling aside, I enjoyed most of this story. If you enjoy angsty high school romances and can handle difficult topics, then pick this one up. You might enjoy it more than I was able to.3 Star Rating purple

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8 thoughts on “Dear Ava by Ilsa Madden-Mills

  1. I think I’ve told you I enjoyed this one, but that it wasn’t my favorite of hers. It didn’t surprise me to read your feelings on it. I started with her Filthy English series and loved that. I also like some of her other new adult college sports romances. One that surprised me was Not My Romeo. It’s coming out this month and it was a rom-com. I adored it.


  2. I wish I remembered more of the details so I could discuss your spoilery thoughts with you! The only thing I really remember about this is that I thought the letters would be a much bigger part of the plot. Great review!


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