Series: The Secret Life of Trystan Scott #1
Published by Laree Bailey Press on Aug 30 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
When Mari accidentally overhears that Trystan is in love, she can't believe it. He's pining over some girl that doesn't know he's alive. The confident swagger and endless stream of girls is a facade. It conceals his loneliness and hides how messed up he's really become trying to flee from a life that's battered him to his core.
Trystan tries to figure out how to make it clear how much he loves Mari, but every insincere kiss and every broken promise haunts him, because she knows them all. Now, Trystan has to prove to the one girl he's actually fallen in love with that she's not just another conquest.
Mari has no idea who Trystan loves, but she can tell that whoever it is has captured his heart entirely. Soon Mari sees the man behind the mask, the guy that Trystan tries so hard to hide. Everything about him is appealing, and too hard to resist.
In a moment of desperation, Trystan uploads a love song he wrote for Mari, but before he can show it to her, the video goes viral. Everyone wants to know who he is, and the only thing shielding him is an anonymous account name and some thick shadows hiding his face. Tyrstan realizes that the consequences of revealing his identity will be disastrous. Everything he's tried so hard to hide will be exposed. It's a secret that is impossible to keep and the only girl who he wanted to hear it will never believe him.
While Trystan Scott is not technically a Ferro, I was told that he will make an appearance in the Ferro Family books so that I should read this series. I was a little hesitant at first because I was so caught up in the Ferro books, but I was told I’d regret not reading it, so I decided to give it a chance.
I was actually a little taken aback at first because I didn’t realize that it was a YA book. After reading The Arrangement, I was really surprised to go back to a book taking place in high school.
It was obvious that this was one of Holly’s earlier books because the writing wasn’t super. There were several spelling and even tense errors that irked me a little bit, but they weren’t the worst things in the world.
The story line kind of had me rolling my eyes at times. I mean, both Trystan and Mari like each other, but they both think that there’s no way the other could like them back and both have friends telling them to stay away from the other. It got frustrating at times. But I really liked the story line of Trystan’s family situation and his uploaded song.
Overall, I wasn’t as impressed with Collide as I have been with the Ferro books so far, but there’s enough promise in it to keep me going.