Worth the Effort: Ella’s Story by Kai Strand
Self Published by the author on May 6, 2014
Genres: Love, Romance
Pages: 78 : Kindle edition
Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review
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Ella Jones is a coward. There is a teen boy living in the alley behind her work and she is terrified of him.
Desperate to leave behind the stereotypical and judgmental world she was raised in, Ella forces herself to make a true connection with seventeen-year-old Ayden Worth. As their friendship grows Ayden’s quiet, gentle ways teach her true courage.
But there’s more to Ayden’s story than Ella knows. When their worlds collide in the most unexpected place, Ella feels betrayed. Will she find the courage to learn who Ayden really is, or will she determine he’s not worth the effort?
WORTH THE EFFORT: Ella’s Story a young adult contemporary romance novella at 19,000 words.
Okay, despite the fact that I just abhore this cover, I loved the book itself! This short novella sucked me in from the very first page and kept me turning more and more pages as the story progressed. I couldn’t get enough of Ella’s story and version of events that happened. Of course now I want to read Hayden’s side of the story!
One might think that in such a short story not much could be accomplished but Kai Strand effectively builds these characters up and creates important circumstances and substance for readers to be enthralled with what is going to happen next. In a nutshell I could not get enough of Worth the Effort.
I especially liked how Worth the Effort dealt with real issues; things teens and young adults can relate to in their everyday life, because while this may be a work of fiction, fiction mirrors real life and pulls from things we know about. Essentially this story felt very life-like and real and it wasn’t rushed or pushed forward at all. I loved this and can’t wait to check out Ayden’s side of the story next!