One of the key things which makes this YA is the parent input & involvement. It stops this book going off in other directions in my opinion. Not only do parents sometimes keep YA books grounded but they keep the character grounded and, for Emaline, they keep the characters grounded as well. I love that her father, who is normally absent, is less absent (a stark contrast to parents who are normally not but for the sake of the book are out of town, die etc.) Dessen has to try & create a balance between mentioning, developing and including the family at the right points and then also holding down the romance threads.
You can see why I say it's a bit NA. If this was based the next year it'd be less interesting (for me) and closer to NA. This is just before she gets on her own two feet, almost exactly alone. She's dealing with the bit before college, after graduation. She's dealing with Luke and then, in turn, Theo. There's a lot of ingredients and a lot of different techniques that needed to be applied to them. Let's twist this, churn that, dice that...
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Oh, my gosh, I don't recall ever being so aware of an author's crafting skills. Why is Sarah Dessen such a great author? HOW, I mean? It's like there is some burning bread & I need to read quickly to save it. Something like that.
Amy Bookworm (@Amy_Bookworm)rated this book:
Just another reason WHY you should read it, even out of season... YUP. No shame.
Take my recommendation & be powerful for it. I hope you'll read it & pass the recommendation. Let's go pay it forward...
(It wasn't enough that it was a Goodreads Award Nominee... Hehe, I wanted to read one of them & this was my choice. It helps that it's a standalone, it's easy to just pick up when you've got hold of it especially if it's a ray of a sunshine in dark wintery months, eh?)