REVIEW : Dear Ava by Ilsa Madden-Mills


The rich and popular Sharks rule at prestigious, ivy-covered Camden Prep. Once upon a time, I wanted to be part of their world—until they destroyed me.

The last thing I expected was an anonymous love letter from one of them.

Please. I hate those rich jerks for what they did to me. The question is, which Shark is my secret admirer? Knox, the scarred quarterback, Dane, his twin brother, or Chance, the guy who dumped me . . .

Dear Ava,

Your eyes are the color of the Caribbean Sea.
Sh*t. That’s stupid.
What I really mean is, you look at me and I feel something REAL.

It’s been ten months since you were here, but I can’t forget you.

I’ve missed seeing you walk down the hall.
I’ve missed you cheering at my football games.
I’ve missed the smell of your hair.

And then everything fell apart that night.

Don’t hate me because I’m a Shark.
I just want to make you mine.

That’s right, dickhead, here I am: Ava, version 2.0. Gone is the girl he kissed like he meant it.


Dear Ava was emotionally gripping. From the moment I started the prologue I was completely sucked into the story and I couldn’t put it down. This story is dark and angsty from the very start.

I LOVE Ava. She is a survivor, a fighter and the love she has for her little brother is amazing. After everything she went through, she has come back stronger and ready to fight. Ava 2.0 is pretty badass. Knox may be the head Shark, but there is so much more to him than that. He is protective and the love he has for his twin brother, Dane, is beautiful. The twin connection is so strong and real in those two.

Knox and Ava are both broken, in different ways, but they find so much comfort in each other. They become another support system for each other throughout the story. They way Knox is with Ava is magical. He is truly perfect. They are perfect for each other.

This story does deal with some tough subjects and isn’t for everyone, but the way it is done is what makes this story truly beautiful. Dear Ava is an emotional ride that will forever stick with you.

A MUST READ and another top read of 2020.


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