Sky is a girl who has been homeschooled by her Luddite (adopted) mother for her whole life; she begs to go to school for her senior year. Her mother reluctantly agrees, and thus Sky enters the world of mostly obnoxious teenagers. Unfortunately she has a bit of an undeserved reputation, but she doesn’t really care about that. She meets Dean Holder, another recipient of an undeserved reputation, who is sexy, funny, mysterious and sometimes incredibly angry. She’s intrigued (and attracted) but she doesn’t understand why he runs so hot and cold with her. He does, though, and it’s a secret that he keeps from her until she discovers the truth…
And I’m not going to tell you what it is.
I actually had to think on this one for about 48 hours before I could review it. I had to think about what I loved (most of it), hated (the subject matter) and felt indifferent to (which I can’t address without spoiling it).
The biggest problem was more with ME than with the book: I inhaled this book, and because of the TRICKY subject matter, it’s meant to be enjoyed more slowly and thoroughly. I need to go back and re-read so that I can give it proper credit.
My main criticism of the book itself is the sub-characters (if that’s a word). Holder, Sky and her mom were well-fleshed out. Sky’s best friend, her new school friend, and Sky’s mom’s boyfriend were much less so. Other relatives, practically nothing. Those outlying characters were more what they DO/DID/ACTED than who they were. I think the author attacked the subject matter so carefully, and she did such a marvelous job making it believable and real and heartfelt, that some of those lesser characters took a backseat to that. So it felt okay, overall, but I can’t help comparing it to The Sea of Tranquility, which managed to cover a lot of secrets and trauma and characters (and was a lot longer) with a bit more depth. This book was more straightforward. Sky was easier to relate to. She was intelligent and funny and… teenager-ish. She was very real.
Plus, the author, Colleen Hoover, is just wonderful and loves her fans and interacts with them regularly on Facebook and Twitter.