A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another
One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.
It's been a while since I read this book, and it just dawned on me that I never posted about how much I love it! Fans of contemporary YA...this book is as close to perfect as you can get when it comes to contemp romance.
First of all, no love triangle. Personally, I don't mind love triangles at all. But, since they seem to be a thing that bugs people, you'll be happy to know that there isn't one in this book. Second, no "omg does he like me or not let's have a misunderstanding about it" angst. Again, I don't mind it, but it seems like people do, and it's really refreshing to read a YA book where the couple gets together pretty early on in the book and the story follows the building of their relationship rather than the discovery of their feelings for one another. Third, both Samantha and Jase are pretty mature characters who make thoughtful decisions, and I generally didn't want to toss them out the window for doing dumb things as I sometimes find myself wanting to do with some characters.
Then there is Jase's family, the Garretts. They gave me major anxiety every time they were on the page, because large groups of people tend to do that (yes, I know I'm a teacher, but that's different), but that tells you a lot about how REAL this family was. They explode out of the book and into your life in a way that few side characters in books have managed to do.
If you missed this book when it first came out, it's not too late to find it and give it some love. It's an awesome, awesome contemporary romance that just might change the way you look at what is out there in YA.
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