When an unexpected inheritance enables Ari to transfer to an elite Manhattan prep school, she makes a wealthy new friend, Leigh. Leigh introduces Ari to the glamorous side of New York—and to her gorgeous cousin, Blake. Ari doesn't think she stands a chance, but amazingly, Blake asks her out. As their romance heats up, they find themselves involved in an intense, consuming relationship. Ari's family worries that she is losing touch with the important things in life, like family, hard work, and planning for the future.
When misfortune befalls Blake's family, he pulls away, and Ari's world drains of color. As she struggles to get over the breakup, Ari must finally ask herself: were their feelings true love . . . or something else? [summary from B&N.com]
I don't know about you, but I overlooked this book when I first heard of it. I thought the premise was a bit too...ritzy-drama-y? But somewhere, somewhere on the Internet (and I'm sorry I can't think of it now!) someone had posted an excellent review of this book and now I'm intrigued! It could go one way or the other, and I'm hoping it blows me away.
Other Words for Love will be published in hardcover by Random House on January 11, 2011.