Up In the Treehouse by K.K. Allen – Amy’s Review


This book came highly recommended to me by a trusted book friend.



I wanted to tell him all my secrets, but he became one of them instead.

Chloe Rivers never thought she would keep secrets from her best friend. Then again, she never imagined she would fall in love with him either. When she finally reveals her feelings, rejection shatters her, rendering her vulnerable and sending her straight into the destructive arms of the wrong guy.

Gavin Rhodes never saw the betrayal coming. It crushes him. Chloe has always been his forbidden fantasy–sweet, tempting, and beautiful. But when the opportunity finally presents itself, he makes the biggest mistake of all and denies her.

Now it’s too late . . .

Four years after a devastating tragedy, Chloe and Gavin’s world’s collide and they find their lives entangling once again. Haunted by the past, they are forced to come to terms with all that has transpired to find the peace they deserve. Except they can’t seem to get near each other without combatting an intense emotional connection that brings them right back to where it all started . . . their childhood treehouse.

Chloe still holds her secrets close, but this time she isn’t the only one with something to hide. Can their deep-rooted connection survive the destruction of innocence?


Up In the Treehouse is  a harrowing journey on an emotional roller-coaster.  One minute you’re cheering and having the time of your life, the next you’ve got a white knuckled grip on the bar hoping you survive.  This is by far the best coming of age romance that I’ve ever read.  I went into this book blind just wanting to experience it without any kind of preconceived notions of how the story would play out and it payed off for me big time.  I haven’t enjoyed reading a book as much as I did with this one in a long time.

The character and story development were completely on point.  There was no predictability about where this story would go, it seemed when I thought I had it figured out it would take a hard turn the opposite direction.   I was consumed by Chloe and Gavin’s story to the point that time didn’t exists for me.  Their story was complex, emotional, magnetic, and achingly beautiful.

One thing that really stood out about this book for me was how vocal the author was about bullying.  It was addressed a lot in this book and she took it a step further than most.  She didn’t just tell us the story of the victim but, also the reasons behind why the bully was the way they were.  There was a higher understanding of the situation as a whole.

This book comes HIGHLY recommended and is a must read in my book.  I enjoyed it so much I immediately moved on to the next book Under the Bleachers and got to experience the magic of K.K. Allen’s writing all over again.

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