Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: YA Contemporary
Length: 513 Pages (Hardcover)
Release: May 2016
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
I received a copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
There were many things that I loved about this novel. First of all the appearances by the characters from Since You've Been Gone. They were minor, but I was so excited to see them again! Loved it.
The characters in this were extremely relatable. Particularly Clark and Andie. I was home schooled like Clark, though I believe I had a lot more social interaction than it sounds like he ever did. Andie's insecurities were understandable and I could see myself in a lot of her actions. So these two together shared a lot of the traits I see in me, both good and bad.
It was nice to see female friendships presented in a mostly positive way. Sure some bad stuff happened and everything didn't work out perfectly, but that's reality. Things don't go according to plan. Sometimes you disappoint the people you love. Sometimes you need distance from the people you love. But Andie's relationship with Bri, Palmer, and Toby was refreshing, for the most part.
Andie and Clark's relationship development was also pretty well done and believable. They had a lot of issues, but you got to see how those were resolved or what they thought of each other during those not so great moments. There relationship was a bit more physical than I would have liked, but I still enjoyed them together. And while there was a lot of emphasis on the physical attraction between them, you did get to see them know each other emotionally as well. All relationships have to have both, so the balance was managed pretty well.
The highlight of the book might have been Andie's relationship with her dad. They had a strained relationship in the beginning, to say the least, and watching them grow back together was nice. The fact that they wanted to let each other in instead of pushing each other away was something that I don't come across to often in young adult novels, so I appreciated that aspect of the story. And also Andie, her dad, and Tom becoming crazy fans of Clark's novels was the best. Loved those few scenes, I only wish there were more.
There was a cute bromancce between Clark and Palmer's boyfriend Tom, which I absolutely adored. I am all for bromances. And this one was perfect. And of course the dog walking aspect of the story. It was a lot of fun to see Andie fall in love with all the furry critters.
Overall not my favorite of Matson's novels, but still very much enjoyed.