First of all, thank you to the author who provided me with an ARC in exchange for an honest opinion!
I don’t typically read contemporary, so this was a nice change for me. I’d consider it a light and sweet – perfect for a summer getaway or beach vacation. Definitely geared towards young adults, though it addresses more mature content from a young perspective. It seems to be a very ‘what is right vs what is wrong’ explorative book. (Topics ranging from divorce, abuse, long distance relationships, physical activity in a relationship, etc.)
Fay was a sweet and rational main character who is to spend the whole summer with her aunt/uncle/cousins while her parents are overseas trying to decide whether or not to stay married. But while Fay’s family is on the brink of falling apart, she quickly learns the same is true for her aunt and uncle. Not to mention, the boy she takes a liking to is pretty much forbidden territory. We spend a lot of time in Fay’s head- watching her sort through all her issues. While I admired her decision making, I almost got a little tired of going back and forth with her constantly. Either way, she’s a respectable character who aches to do the right thing regardless of how it affects her.
Malcom was most certainly an ideal guy- one that I think every girl longs for at this age (well ok, any age.) He’s sweet, respectful- and not pushy or overprotective. A little dream boat. His and Fay’s relationship was cute, though a bit insta-love. (Maybe I’m just the type that really enjoys a chase of some sort.) Either way, it was a cute romance – and I appreciate that the author was glorifying the idea of not rushing into anything physical. I didn’t quite agree with ever point made in the book- but most of the YA contemporary books I’ve read have focused on the physical side of a relationship.
The pacing overall was a bit slow (I’m used to very dramatic books I think) but it was a nice change of pace at the same time. I think its one of those books that works as an in-between for those crazy whiplash books we read. Definitely a book I think most teens would relate to.