My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
What a sweet and lovely story! This was my first book by Miss Dessen, and will not likely be my last. The writing is engaging and effortless–and the way the author realistically tackles grief is encouraging.
Macy is a teen who strives for the impossible–perfection. Her father’s sudden death has impaired her relationship with her mother, to whom she barely speaks. Her ‘braniac’, emotionless boyfriend who possesses the personality of a twig leaves her for summer camp…then she meets Wes and the rest of the perky catering gang who will bring life to her monotonous, boring summer.
The relationship between Macy and Wes was tender and I enjoyed their ongoing, adorable game of ‘truth.’ Although I was hoping for a little more development with in their interactions, their connection possessed the memorable innocence which can only be obtained through youth. The secondary characters were fun and also struggled internally–proving that imperfection is not only acceptable, but endearing.
This story left me with a smile and a warm heart. Its messages of hope, overcoming grief, and finding love were ones I hope to instill in my own daughter. Very charming book, and perfectly appropriate for teens.
▪ Genre/Category: Young Adult
▪ Steam Caliber: Clean
▪ Romance: Tender and sweet
▪ Characters: Well developed and layered.
▪ Plot: A broken girl finds hope in friendship and young love.
▪ Writing: Beautiful, effortless, engaging.
▪ POV: 1st Person: Heroine
▪ Cliffhanger: None/Standalone