The good girl, the bad boy, the diva, the hustler, the rock star, and the nerd. Six teens legally liberated from parental control for six different reasons, all with one thing in common: something to hide.

Now they’re sharing a house in Venice Beach, acting like a family, and living their lies. No parents. No limits. No alibis. One witnessed a crime, another might be a murderer—and one’s been spying on them all.

As they cling to a fantasy of freedom and slowly let down their guards, the past creeps up on them. And when one of them gets arrested, everyone’s carefully constructed facade comes crumbling down.

In this steamy, drama-filled series, relationships are tested and secrets revealed as lies threaten to destroy their perfect setup.

Emancipated by M.G. Reyes

This book started off with a clear lack of research, as each teen was emancipated within about two weeks. It made the process look incredibly quick and easy. The book then had a sense of unrealism as all six teens ended up living at the same house, not realizing beforehand that they are all emancipated. This was all in the first fifty pages and kind of threw me off from being able to enjoy the rest of the book.

The characters were flat. I felt as if I were reading cardboard cutouts with slight variations. They were unrealistic and impossible to relate to. There were six point-of-view characters, which made getting to know any of them a bit difficult.

The plot was slow and there often were inconsistencies. If it wasn’t for the fact that I refuse to DNF* a book I would have put it down. As I approached the end, it had a bit of a cliffhanger which, frankly, was the only interesting part of the book.

I give it 1.5 out of 5 stars.

*DNF: Did Not Finish