My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
A fun and refreshing, sweet summer read! The writing was fluid and wonderfully captured the essence of being a teen in a very realistic manner.
While the story didn’t necessarily blow me away, it certainly held my interest and warmed my heart.
Samantha is a young girl who, at first glance, appears to have it all. She’s beautiful, wealthy, and has a determined mother in politics who keeps up a perfect appearance for their well-respected family.
But Samantha isn’t happy.
Because her motivated-mommy is cold, selfish, and emotionally distant; placing more care in her work-life than in their home.
From the porch outside her bedroom window, Samantha longingly watches the large and lively family living next door.
The Garrett’s are everything Samantha’s mother is not: unorganized, noisy, messy, and genuinely unconcerned with the opinions of others.
But they are also a happy, loving family, and Samantha cannot help becoming drawn to their unique lifestyle. For Samantha, watching them is like dreaming–until one day Jase climbs up to her window, and the Garrett’s finally materialize.
This story’s pace is slow and steady. Jase and Sam build an instant friendship that leads slowly to young love.
However, all is not perfect, and Jase and Sam eventually find themselves facing a very real crisis. One that could ultimately tear them apart.
I’m aware that a certain degree of tension must be added in a story, but I’m not sure I loved the specifics of this one. It’s not that the turn it took wasn’t believable, but I felt my heart just wasn’t all-in.
I did see some readers mention that the ending was a bit disappointing. While I typically prefer a more abrupt, less detailed ending, I must agree with the general opinion in this case. The story didn’t feel like it actually ended — it felt as if it just fell off. Like it was dropped. I wanted to pick it back up … but, alas, there was no more.
All things considered, I did enjoy the story and would certainly recommend to those in search of a charming, YA summer read.
▪ Genre/Category: Romance/YA
▪ Steam Caliber: Mild.
▪ Romance: Sweet. Young love.
▪ Characters: Lonely heroine. Sweet, lively hero.
▪ Plot: Two young teens from opposite backgrounds find love.
▪ Writing: Fluid.
▪ POV: 1st Person: Heroine
▪ Cliffhanger: None. Standalone.