No matter how many boys Claire kisses, she can’t seem to find a decent boyfriend. Someone who wouldn’t rather date her gorgeous best friend, Megan. Someone who won’t freak out when he learns about the tragedy her family still hasn’t recovered from. Someone whose kisses can carry her away from her backwoods town for one fleeting moment.
Until Claire meets Luke.
But Megan is falling for Luke, too, and if there’s one thing Claire knows for sure, it’s that Megan’s pretty much irresistible.
With true love and best friendship on the line, Claire suddenly has everything to lose. And what she learns—about her crush, her friends, and most of all herself—makes the choices even harder.
In her moving debut, Rachael Allen brilliantly captures the complexities of friendship, the struggles of self-discovery, and the difficulties of trying to find love in high school. Fans of Sarah Ockler, Susane Colasanti, and Stephanie Perkins will fall head over heels for this addictive, heartfelt, and often hilarious modern love story.
*This review might contain some spoilers–for the sake of ranting, of course.
Okay, we have another case of a highly misleading synopsis! Not in a particularly good or bad way, per se, but in a really confusing way. So, if you’ll base your want to read this one on the synopsis, let me warn you: read between the lines.
That aside, I can say that I wasn’t a fan of this novel. The story is narrated by Claire. Again, based on the synopsis, I assumed she was a really sweet, possibly naive, and caring girl. But boy am I wrong. She was the queen bee’s best friend and was constantly influenced by the more popular crowd. She was called a “slut” by her classmates at some point, having kissed 13 guys at age 17.
I wouldn’t call Claire a slut, but she did kiss a lot of guys because of the influence of the popular crowd. I didn’t even get her friendship with said queen bee, Megan. I found it odd that they even called each other their best friends. They constantly stole each other’s boyfriends, then make up after some apologies and it was really freaking me out. I get that they’re close and tell each other everything, but really? If you could see me, I’d be rolling my eyes.
Claire even kissed her ex’s four bandmates just to get back at him. What the hell, girl? That isn’t even humane anymore. She even led one on! That was just disgusting. Let’s keep in mind that Claire’s seventeen.
I really didn’t like Megan as an individual character, either. She let the popularity get into her head and just knew how she controlled the entire student body. I didn’t understand why the other students even liked her. Puh-lease. She was bitch extraordinaire. (Excuse my French. There was no better word to describe her with.)
Let’s talk about the love interest. *shudders* Okay, we have Luke. Luke, who was definitely not what he seemed. He was an asshole wearing the disguise of a sweet, caring guy. Didn’t fool me, ha! I could tell from the start that something was really off about him and I was right.
A little side note: I’m a teen (fourteen) and I don’t know anyone, really, who acts like the characters in these novels. There’s this one character (I won’t say who) who’s 17 and has already done the deed with 3 girls. I mean, is that even normal? I wouldn’t know, of course.
Overall, I thought this one was the baby of Catching Jordan (which I will heart forever) in terms of a misleading synopsis and Maybe One Day (which I thought was boring) in terms of friendships I hardly care about. The only positive thing I got out of this one was the really nice writing style.