By: V.C. Andrews
Publisher: Pocket Star Books
Publication Date: August 2017
Review by: Jennifer Rearick
Review date: August 29, 2017
A prequel to Bittersweet Dreams, this e-novella gives the reader needed background on one of the main characters from Bittersweet Dreams, and also makes for a very good read.
Donna isn't your typical high school student. While she goes to school like any other teen, her life is anything but normal. Donna is what some would call a genius. She knows just about everything there is to know about any given subject. Although she goes to school, and has to take the same tests as everyone else, her schooling is very different. She keeps to herself. Since she already knows what the teachers are teaching, she spends her time digging deeper into subjects and trying to learn something new.
Whether she is in school or at home, she always thinks about things factually instead of with emotion. Whenever she is asked a question, she always has to think about the facts and logistics of the question or situation before answering.
Although she is trying to get out of her own head, it's a daily struggle. While she is hanging out with one of her only friends, Greg, he asks if she would be interested in going to the beach with him and some of his friends. He thinks it would be a great way for her to interact with some of his friends and since they both kind of like each other, it's a plus for them both. Donna immediately tells him that she will think about it. While she is in her classroom she contemplates the good and the bad of going with him. Then, as she is walking the hall between classes, she sees Greg with another girl. Seeing this makes Donna a little jealous and she tells Greg that she would love to go to the beach with him. Although Donna is still nervous about hanging out with Greg and his friends, she is also a little excited.
Finally the anticipated day has arrived. At first when they get to the beach they are having a fun time. As the day goes on, and Greg's friends have been drinking, they do not take well to Donna. When Greg and Donna decide to leave, everything spirals out of control. Donna and Greg soon find themselves in a situation that will change their lives forever.
Donna is one of the e-novella prequels for Bittersweet Dreams (see also Corliss, book 1 of The Girls of Spindrift prequels.) This book gives the reader some background information on one of the main characters, Donna, and will help guide the reader into the main book. It is very well written and not only gives you the information you need, but draws you into the main novel, Bittersweet Dreams. It is definitely a page-turner. Through each page it will leave you guessing and wondering how and why Donna ended up where she did.
Quill says: If you are looking for a book about a group of talented individuals, check out this new series, and be sure to read Donna before digging into Bittersweet Dreams.