Publisher: Inkyard Press
Published: April 30th, 2019
Genres: YA, contemporary, romance
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
The summer after senior year is not going as eighteen-year-old Lu Charles expected: after her longtime boyfriend unexpectedly breaks up with her, Lu can’t write a single word, despite the fact that her college scholarship is tied to her columnist job at hip online magazine Misnomer. Then, she meets Cal.
Cal’s ever-practical girlfriend Iris is looking ahead to her first year of college, and her plans do not include a long-distance boyfriend. When Lu learns that Cal and Iris have planned to end their relationship at the end of the summer, she becomes fascinated and decides to chronicle the last months the couple will spend together.
The closer she gets to the couple, the more she likes them, and the more she wants to write about them. The summer unfurls, and Lu discovers what it really means to be in love. On the page, or off it. The book is touching exploration of love and how it shapes us both during a relationship and after it has ended.
I received an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately and this book was what I needed to start to pull myself out of it. I was expecting something a little bit different than the story I got, but I still found this book highly enjoyable and interesting.
Lu, the main character and narrator, is extremely relatable. She’s a writer stuck in a block because of a recent breakup. She writes about love, so suddenly finding herself of out if makes it hard to focus on what’s shes supposed to write. She’s also a recent high school graduate and dealing with the idea of everything in her life is changing very quickly. Her relationships, her friendships, everything. In this, she finds a hyper-fixation– a couple she overhears breaking up in the same way she and her boyfriends broke up a few days before.
I greatly enjoyed this storyline and found how the book ended incredibly refreshing. Obviously, I don’t want to give spoilers, but it was very satisfying to see things turn out the way it did.
I think this is a great book if you’re looking for something between a breakup book and a romance book. It was a quick read that I greatly enjoyed.
Until next time Internet,