Published by Butterfly Books on 15th June 2014
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
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ELLEN LIKES CAM * CAM LIKES ELLEN
What if the one person you can't stop thinking about...
...can't stop thinking about you?
CAM LIKES ELLEN
What if during one long day you failed at everything because you met this glitter-crazed new girl who practically ruins your life? Worse, she insists you and your secret crush become best friends—with her?!! Only you don’t have time to be friends with insane people, and you think your crush might need to stay the way it’s always been: Distant. Impossible. In your head. This is because you have problems and secrets a crush would never understand.
ELLEN LIKES CAM
But what if the three of you wind up assigned to a group photography project, and rumors are already circling about the new girl being ridiculous? You know she’s nice but alone, so you convince your crush to help protect the new girl. Working on the project suddenly makes hanging out, texting, talking—and even high school—seem completely normal when it’s anything but.
ELLEN LIKES CAM * CAM LIKES ELLEN
What if you fall for each other just enough to kiss…and it’s perfect? You tell secrets and make the kind of promises that might be impossible to keep when you’re only sixteen. Which is why, long before it all falls apart, you already knew nothing this beautiful could have been meant to be yours for long.
But what if…
High School Romance, Sweet young adult.
Reviewed by Joanne
*I received a paperback from the author in exchange for an honest review*
I loved Anne Eliot’s first book ‘Always’, so when I was given the chance to read this book I was really excited!
Cam is in love with Ellen, he has been for years. He has a plan to approach her oh so casually and insert himself into her world, but that all goes awry when a whirlwind (aka new girl Laura) knocks Ellen off her feet. Literally. While Cam initially curses his bad luck, he actually starts to find that Laura may in fact be the answer to his prayers!
Laura is oblivious to the chaos ensuing in her wake and I loved her for it! If there was a book version of the Oscars then she would surely be a contender for Best Supporting Character. She made me laugh so many times and reminded me of someone from a film although I won’t say which one, because later in the book someone actually calls her this character’s name and that made me laugh too!
Ellen and Cam are the most unlikely couple in school. He’s the all-star football player; she’s the photography geek, and she also has Cerebral Palsy. She has had a crush on Cam for years too, and is completely unaware of his feelings for her. She can’t believe that he would be interested in her so he has to do a lot of work to convince her that his feelings are genuine. I loved Cam and Ellen’s inner monologues – some were really sweet and some made me laugh. Mostly when Laura was involved!
It’s not all hearts and flowers though. They face a lot of opposition, Cam’s father for one. He is adamant nothing will stand in the way of his plans for Cam to land a football scholarship. He doesn’t care what he says or who he hurts to make sure that happens. I was so angry at the way he spoke to Cam, and the way he treat Ellen.
I don’t want to give too much away so all I will say is that I loved this story so much, and I think I’ve highlighted at least half of the book! It is a truly fantastic story that’s full of wonderful moments, loveable characters and epitomizes everything I love about YA books. Anne Eliot weaves a heart-warming tale of two young adults finding their feet, finding love, forging friendships and standing up for themselves. I was sad when it was over but at least I have the next book to look forward to.