My Real Smile (a smile novella, #1)
by Crystal D. Spears
18-year-old Kiara projects a happy persona on the outside when she is really sad and depressed inside. Her boyfriend Justin slept with her sister Alanna. Lucas can tell right away when Kiara smiles her fake smile and he loves her real smile. Kiara's mother is always saying that she should be more like her older sister Alanna. Even when Kiara tells their mother that Alanna slept with Kiara's boyfriend, their mother says it is Kiara's own fault. The only times Kiara is truly happy is when she is singing or when she is with Lucas. Kiara and Lucas are so cute together I just can't stand it. Makes me smile too. Kiara's father is aware of how emotionally abused she is by her mother and he pays to have her move into her own apartment. Alanna starts threatening to steal away Lucas. This is a sweet, poignant, drama filled love story. Very cute. 4 stars.