Category: Teen Fiction
Synopsis: (Goodreads) Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.
Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.
While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.
As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.
Review: This is a super cute teen book and I really liked it. This is not a book I would have picked up but I got an Advanced Copy and am very grateful for it. It’s a great story of coming of age and dealing with life when life can be difficult.
Imagine being a teenage girl kicked off the swim team because of something you did with a guy, loosing your best friend and first love, finding out your mom has cancer. This makes me sad even thinking about it and I am far from being a teenager anymore.
The main character does have problems and keeps getting in to trouble but is such a great character she never becomes obnoxious or annoying because of these bad traits. I liked all the other characters too, even Kyle but telling you about him would give away some of the story.
It’s the typical story, the problem happens, they deal with the problem, climax and resolution. It was an easy read and I was able to finish it in two days.
I did really like the part about how her mother has cancer, and before you bite my head off hear me out. Everyone has someone in their life that has been touched with cancer in some way. It’s a hard and cruel fact of lie. This part of the story is touching because it shows the progress of the treatment on her mother and how it affects them both. How Harper deals with it, good or bad, and how she finally accepts that there is nothing they can do but be positive.
I would not suggest this book for the younger teens as it does have things like drinking, sex, drugs ect. For the older teen it’s fine and it’s not super descriptive but it does touch on these subjects in a great way that makes it so you know it’s going to happen and teens experiment but it’s not over the top and to self destructive.
So overall great read and a high recommendation.