Elise meets Jamey in New Haven when the two are neighbors. Jamey goes to Yale and his path in life is laid out by his wealthy, determined parents.There is a fake white fur jacket Elise traded some chips to a girl for and wears it all the time. Elise grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in the projects. But Elise knows who she is and she knows she wants a better life for herself. Elise was unsophisticated, uneducated HS dropout. She was also biracial with no plan. Elise run away and leaves her mom behind who she loves but can’t force herself to say with her. She stays in a car to get some sleep and when the owner of the car finds her he takes her home and they become friends and roommates or things could have turned out a lot worse for Elise. Elise sees Jamey and Matt outside and heads out to meet them. Jamey is from money , his mother had been a Hollywood starlet and his father is an investment banker. Jamey is to follow in his dad's footsteps in a firm handed down by his grandfather. Jamey had never been happy before he met Elise. He knows there has been an emptiness and feels Elise will fill that. Jamey and Elise try to figure out how to fit in each others world as they start a relationship. Elise doesn’t Jamiy is offered an internship in NYC. He asked Elise to go with him. Elise does not like the demanding need she has for Jamey. Jamey’s family are willing to do almost anything to break them up. But Jamey refuses to leave Elise as she is all he wants. and soon they are obsessed with each other. Elise’s family is more real and geared for survival therefore more accepting. Almost everyone is against them.
I really liked this story. I felt it was realistically portrayed but it still had the feel of Romeo and Juliet or moreso Pretty Woman. But I also felt it was gritty and raw and full of emotions. I loved that the characters weren’t perfect just as in real life. However it was a bit repetitive at times. But I still felt it was well written. It also had a good plot. But it also dragged a little at times not enough to make me want to stop reading though.I t kept my attention all through the book. But all and all a good read, I liked the characters and the ins and outs and I recommend.