Published: 21st April, 2015
Balzer + Bray
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: Young Adult
Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.
Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”
Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.
Content warning: bullying
What I liked: I’m not sure how this book left me feeling, which makes this review a little harder to write. Compared to a lot of books, there wasn’t an ending that I exactly expected to happen that, well, happened. Molly is a character who doesn’t make the right choices, she makes some pretty terrible decisions. She did before she left and she does again when she returns. The story keeps you guessing about what really happened to make Molly drop everything and leave her hometown for an entire year, and even though it comes out in pieces it fit together really well. Molly herself was a character who I both pitied for how people bullied her for what she did, but made some really stupid choices. And we also have the presence of the double standard of when a girl sleeps with someone she gets called all sorts of horrible names, but guys usually get off scotch free with it and no one bats an eye at them. Even though it takes two to tango. That in itself gave it a realistic vibe, and the vibe gets stronger in how realistic it is as the story goes on. Because we learn why she slept with Gabe, and the circumstances surrounding the whole ordeal. Do I think Molly was in the right for what she did? No, not at all. Yet, in a way I get her situation and truthfully the backlash about what she did well, I’m on the fence about saying it was completely unnecessary but also saying that the backlash is deserved. I can’t explain why, but it has to do with the point in time which the incident happened, and the circumstances that occurred before it.
What I didn’t like: I can not stand Molly’s mother in the beginning. She made a really, really bad choice with what she did. I get it, she made a best-seller out of her daughters shattered love-life, but really? You do not go and tell someone that its based on your daughter and the story she told you of how she messed up. If you care about your daughter you lie about what its based off all the way to your grave. I consider it stepping over bounds that she wrote the book and had the audacity to pursue publishing it. I mean, she does redeem herself towards the end about what she did (kind of) so at least they had a good ending.
Overall Review: This story was very captivating and I never wanted to put it down as I delved deeper into the story. It’s a very realistic story, showing that we may make the same mistake more than once in life and that even with second chances we may mess up and not get another one. I didn’t hate Molly, I may have not liked her actions but she was flawed and made mistakes and that made her believable and human to me. The way this book wrapped up showed that not every story ends in a way you want it to, no matter what. While Molly gets an ending, its certainly not the one I expected, yet I was happy with the way it ended for her.
Recommend?: Quite surely I would! It was a good story that was realistic, and has mistakes made by more than just our main character Molly. Why, the part near the ending about Patrick and Gabe was definitely something I had not expected and was surprised about.
My Rating: 4.1/5
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