This story immediately drew me in. Cassidy is so focused on her schooling that she doesn’t have time to have fun. Her parents are a big part of this, although while her father is mentioned in the book, he is never present. Cassidy's mother is certain the only way to get a good job and be a productive part of society is through superior education.
Part of this extreme education demands that Cassidy spend time with a host family. The problem is that their lives are totally different from what Cassidy is used to. The family has one child, Grace, who isn't the slightest bothered by those who bully her. She convinces Cassidy to accompany her on a few fun outings, something Cassidy never does because it interferes with her education. But Cassidy admits to herself she does enjoy it. After all, Grace appears to be living a good life.
But things change when Cassidy collapses from exhaustion. After all, you know what they say about all work and no play? And Grace has been hiding a secret that could destroy her.\ Is there a happy medium for both girls?
I read this book in two days. The writing as well as the story line drew me in from the beginning. Highly recommended.