(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on December 26, 2017
When Lily Michaels-Ryan ditches her ADHD meds and lands in detention with Abelard, who has Asperger’s, she’s intrigued—Abelard seems thirty seconds behind, while she feels thirty seconds ahead. It doesn't hurt that he’s brilliant and beautiful.
When Abelard posts a quote from The Letters of Abelard and Heloise online, their mutual affinity for ancient love letters connects them. The two fall for each other. Hard. But is it enough to bridge their differences in person?
This hilarious, heartbreaking story of human connection between two neurodivergent teens creates characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading.
When I read the summary for this book, I was interested to see how the author portrayed the characters of this story mostly because my son deals with ADHD, so I know firsthand how it looks for us.
Lily Michaels-Ryan suffers from ADHD and when she makes the decision to ditch her medication, there are consequences. Abelard has Asperger’s and with Lily on one side of a broken classroom wall, and Abelard on the other, they just can’t resist the urge to figure out what is wrong with it. Their curiosity causes them both to end up in detention and Lily finds that she is completely intrigued by him.
Though communication is tough for both of them, they find that they can connect by quoting The Letters of Abelard and Heloise and through that they are able to build a friendship and relationship. (If you’re not a fan of insta-love maybe look away!)
I really enjoyed this story… it was cute and funny at times… a little sad, but ultimately uplifting and hopeful. I thought the relationship between Abelard and Lily was sweet. At times I felt that the relationship part was a bit awkward, though maybe that was the point.
I really enjoyed Creedle’s writing style and I will definitely look for her next title for sure!
If you’re a fan of cute romance with flawed characters who have personal things to overcome this is the book for you!
Thank you to the publisher for an early copy in exchange for my thoughts.