This book is about family, secrets, love, big decisions, friendship, and more.
The Garrets felt so real. A big family having struggles with their finances, but a united family. They took care of each other no matter what and even though they didn’t have a lot of money, they were happy. Every singe member of this family was different. I loved George. That little kid was so full of knowledge even though he was little. He was so kind to everyone and I thought “damn, most of the little kids these days aren’t like that… what’s happening?”. Jase was a teen but acted like a grownup which was good because those kids needed another grown up in the house. He is the guy every mother/father wants for their daughters.
Let’s talk about the Reeds. I didn’t liked Gracie. Her attitude was so annoying. I didn’t liked how she treated her daughters like they were 5 years old. Her career was the most important thing, she didn’t have time to spend quality time with her daughters or just to sit and talk to them about their lives, what’s going on, how are they feeling. I think that’s why Tracy left all summer, she needed to be away of that house. Also, we have Sam, the main character. At first I didn’t liked her, but I learn to like her throughout the story. She always did the right thing, even when doing the right thing would destroy her mother’s career.
Another character I loved was Tim. He is this typical bad boy, but you learn to love him. He’s a really good friend ( I want him to be my bestie), and I think he was a lot of potential but he haven’t discovered it yet. On the other hand, we have his sister, Nan. I dislike her a lot. She was selfish and a liar, but I’ve heard that she changed in the companion book The Boy Most Likely To so we’ll see about that.
The whole plot of this book was really good. As I said before, everything felt so real. I really enjoy reading realistic fiction because most of the time I feel identified with some characters (in this case with Sam). Huntley’s writing is really easy to read which makes you read faster than ever. I have to say, when I started this book I was thinking it would be so cheesy and nauseating, but it wasn’t like that. There was romance, obviously, but not cheesy at all. I loved how respectful Jase was. He didn’t pushed Sam to do anything and that is important in a relationship. I admired how Huntley wrote a healthy teen relationship, because most of the books have teen relationships full of betrayal, lies and weird stuff. Also, there was a detail about Jase I found interesting because I haven’t seen this in many books and it’s that he was *spoilers* a virgin *spoilers*.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun, nice and quick read. I highly recommend this book if you like realistic fiction and also, if you’re looking for a quick read for the summer. I’m hoping to pick up soon the companion book I mentioned before because it is about Tim and Alice (Jase’s sister) and I cannot wait to read more about Tim. Go and pick it up and talk to me about it.
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