Summary (from Goodreads):
“Lexi Ryan just ran away to join the circus, but not on purpose.
A music-obsessed, slightly snarky New York City girl, Lexi is on her own. After making a huge mistake–and facing a terrible tragedy–Lexi has no choice but to track down her long-absent mother. Rumor has it that Lexi’s mom is somewhere in Florida with a traveling circus.
When Lexi arrives at her new, three-ring reality, her mom isn’t there . . . but her destiny might be. Surrounded by tigers, elephants, and trapeze artists, Lexi finds some surprising friends and an even more surprising chance at true love. She even lucks into a spot as the circus’s fortune teller, reading tarot cards and making predictions.
But then Lexi’s ex-best friend from home shows up, and suddenly it’s Lexi’s own future that’s thrown into question.
With humor, wisdom, and a dazzlingly fresh voice, this debut reminds us of the magic of circus tents, city lights, first kisses, and the importance of an excellent playlist.”
This book completely captivated me. I loved Lexi, with her sarcasm and her knowledge of all things music (even though I think I would’ve gotten along better with her dad, whose musical taste was stuck in the 80s), and I love the fact that she ran away and joined the circus AND TOTALLY NAILED IT.
The circus she joined is sort of a combination circus and carnival, not what I generally think of as a circus. It sounds completely awesome and frankly makes me want to run away and join the circus myself.
Not surprisingly, the other circusfolk are more like a family than coworkers (I would guess that living and traveling with people would make them more than your average work people) and Lexi is quickly accepted among them.
The only false note here is how quickly Lexi forgot to keep looking for her mom. But that is a minor thing and it didn’t keep me from loving this sweet, fun book.