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Book Review: All That Matters



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All That Matters (Broken #2) by Michelle Congdon: ***Recommended for ages 18+ due to mature situations, sensitive issues, alcohol and drug use, and language***

She is a teen sensation and also the infamous daughter of a renowned rock star and a Hollywood starlet.

Eighteen-year-old Harper Hudson is spoiled, wild and troubled. Still dealing with the loss of her twin sister and surviving a horrifying event that she has kept secret, Harper relies on constant partying, alcohol and drugs to help her forget.

He is her cousin and a straight ‘A’ student trying to juggle football and a medical degree.

Adopted as a baby, there isn’t anything twenty-one year old Jackson Hayward wouldn’t do for the people who raised him. But the last thing on his mind is to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a doctor. And Jackson has a secret of his own. He isn’t the perfect son his family are led to believe.

A forbidden romance they never saw coming.

Sent away to live with her Aunty and Uncle in Australia, as punishment for her latest stunt, the last thing Harper wants is to be babysat by her over-achieving, do-gooder cousin, Jackson. He is moody and overbearing, but there’s something about him that Harper can’t seem to ignore.

Jackson didn’t mean to fall for the rebellious wild child. But seeing small glimpses of her true personality shine through made it impossible not too. He knows the secret she keeps is the reason behind her destructive behavior and he is willing to risk whatever it takes to try to help her. But can something so broken ever be truly fixed? And can someone with painful secrets of his own save her without getting caught up along the way?

Jennifer's thoughts: Harper Hudson was born into a life of privilege and fame. Her dad is a "rock god" and her mother is a Hollywood "starlet". Of course she is both a singer and an actress. Harper has one problem. She can't seem to stay out of trouble. When things begin to go from bad to worse her parents ship her to Australia to stay with her aunt and uncle.

Jackson is a med student and struggling with the pressure of both school and his hectic football schedule. He was adopted as a baby and has spent most of his life trying to do what is expected of him. And then she happens. His spoiled rich cousin is thrown into his world.

The chemistry is not immediate, but over time Harper and Jackson are drawn to each other. At first their relationship seemed kind of weird, but technically they are not related since Jackson is adopted.

This novel touched on some sensitive topics and may not be for everyone, but overall the story was good. Jackson and Harper were able to work through their problems and find each other in the end. There is no cliffhanger ending.

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