When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker’s mom walks out—with a sticky note as a goodbye—only Jill knows the real reason she’s gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself.
Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things—cars, relationships, romances, people—is all broken up. Used to be, her best friend, tall, blond and hot flirt Sean Addison, could make her smile in seconds. But not anymore. They don’t even talk.
With nothing making sense, Jill tries to pick up the pieces of her life. But when a new guy moves in next door, intense, seriously cute, but with scars—on the inside and out—that he thinks don’t show, Jill finds herself trying to make things better for Daniel. But over one long, hot Arizona summer, she realizes she can’t fix anyone’s life until she fixes her own. And she knows just where to start . . .
Page Length: 304
Publication Year: 2016
Genre: Young Adult
Characters: Jill (main), Sean and Daniel
I really wanted to like this book, and there were some parts that I did like but overall it just annoyed me.
The story starts off with Jill coming home from working with her father, to find her mother in a compromising position with the boy that she has been in love with her whole adolescences. From the outset, I did not like Sean at all! The vibe I got from his character was not good, slimy is one word that springs to mind when I think of him.
I think that this book was supposed to keep you guessing, as things you found out about certain characters changed as the story went on, but some things just felt convenient.For
example, In the Begining, it comes across that that Jills Mom’s advances on Sean were reciprocated, but then right at the end we find out that this is the complete opposite and that apparently he wasn’t interested in her at all and she had been coming on to him for months but he felt uncomfortable in her presence. Now what I don’t get was that if this was the case, why didn’t he tell Jill this straight away after she walked in on them in the beginning?
The one part of the story that I did like and I thought was actually written really well was Daniels character and his story. Jill meets him after he moves into the house next door, she is sitting on the roof when she hears an argument between Daniel and his mother. We learn that Daniel grew up with a violent father, who is now in prison for nearly beating his mother to death. His mother is angry with him as he has taken her away from his abusive father and this is what they were arguing about the night Jill meets him. Abigail Johnson really captured the emotional damage that occurs when a child grows up in an abusive environment. For me this is this book’s redeeming quality and what stoped me from giving it a one-star rating. I think that it’s great when an author touches on the subject of domestic abuse especially in YA as it’s still such a taboo subject.
Thinking back over the story, I think that the reason why I didn’t like this book is because it didn’t go the way I wanted it to.
Overall if you like complex teen romance, you’ll probably like this book.
My Rating: 2/5