My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I went into this book without expectations and sometimes I think that is the best way to do it! I really enjoyed it even though it was definitely a young YA book. You know how sometimes you can read a YA book and even though the character is only 16 or 17 their actions are that of someone a bit older… this is not that. And I don’t mean that in a bad way at all! I actually loved that this was very realistic. It made me think back to that first ginormous crush I had, when all I could think about was that guy and when he paid me attention it was like the sky was filled with rainbows and unicorns were trotting around.
The summary of this book hits the nail right on the head – Sadie is in love with Garrett. For two years, she has been his best friend, standing by his side while he dated girl after girl, never noticing her. Her summer is ruined when she is turned away for a summer writing retreat that he is also attending but then he crushes her heart further when he calls to tell her he’s in love with a girl he met. This is the last straw for her and so she pushes him out of her life, struggling to find the independent girl inside who doesn’t need him. She gets a job, makes new friends, and when he returns he finds someone new in Sadie’s place.
What I loved about this book was the very realistic way teenagers tend to view relationships. Sadie made this boy the center of her universe, her choices revolved around everything he did and said and I think it does a wonderful job of showing teens how toxic that can be. I think this would be an excellent read for teens so they can see that boys aren’t the be all, end all.
Even with all his pretentiousness in the beginning I really did like Garrett, I don’t think he was at fault for not seeing Sadie the way she viewed him. She never said anything to him, and he truly and honestly thought they were friends, so why wouldn’t he go to her with help with girls etc. Where my opinion of him changed was towards the end.
It was wonderful to see Sadie grow and mature from the beginning of this book to the end. So… if you’re looking for a quick, cute read that will maybe remind you of your first crush, I definitely suggest this one!