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Friends vs. Family by C.L. Stone Review

Title: Friends vs. Family

Author: C.L. Stone

First published August 26, 2013

438 pages, Kindle Edition

Rating: 4.35


Sang Sorenson has always felt like an outsider, but when her own family turns against her, she realizes just how alone she truly is. The Academy boys are determined to keep her safe, even if it means invading her life and showing her what true loyalty really means.

In the fourth book of The Academy series, Sang discovers that her past is more complicated than she ever imagined, and the boys’ broken families are more intertwined than they realized. As Sang begins to unravel the truth about her family, she realizes that the Academy may be the only place where she truly belongs.

But when a dangerous enemy threatens everything they hold dear, Sang and the boys must band together to protect each other and their newfound family. Will their allegiance be enough to keep them safe, or will the truth tear them apart forever?

Find out in The Academy, Allegiance.

About the Author

C. L.

Stone has a few favorite things, like indulging in delicious chocolate bars and going on adventures to uncover hidden treasure. Her books revolve around the themes of love, passion, and the darker side of life.

And let’s not forget about her characters’ love for chocolate chip pancakes – who doesn’t love a good breakfast food? If you’re not a fan of falling in love with fictional characters, it might be best to steer clear of her stories.

But for those who are ready to dive into a world of romance and excitement, be sure to give her books a read.

Editoral Review

C.L. Stones Friends vs. Family is a young adult novel that explores the complexities of friendship, family, and the transition between adolescence and adulthood.

Published in 2013, the book is part of a genre that is beloved by many, featuring relatable characters and conflicts that resonate with teenagers. The story follows Sang Sorenson, a young girl who struggles to navigate the challenges of high school, including bullying, academic pressure, and social anxiety.

Sang is drawn to a group of boys, who take her under their wing and become her close friends. However, when Sang becomes embroiled in a conflict between her friends and their families, she is forced to choose between loyalty to her friends or allegiance to her own family.

Stone expertly crafts the characters of Friends vs. Family, imbuing each one with distinct personalities and motivations.

Sang is a sympathetic protagonist, and her journey of self-discovery is relatable to readers of all ages. Stone also explores important themes such as peer pressure, classism, and the power dynamics of friendships.

However, the pacing of the novel is uneven, with some sections dragging while others move too quickly. Additionally, some of the conflicts feel contrived and forced, particularly in the final chapters of the book.

Despite these flaws, Friends vs. Family is a compelling read that offers a rich tapestry of character and conflict.

Stone’s writing style is accessible and engaging, making it an ideal book for teenage readers. Fans of young adult novels will appreciate the depth of emotion and the relatability of the characters.

Overall, I would give Friends vs. Family a rating of 3.5/5.

While the pacing and plot have some flaws, the strength of the characters and the themes make this book a worthwhile read for fans of the genre.