Author: Lauren Myracle
Publication: August 27th 2013 by Amulet Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Provided by the kind publisher
-- My Rating --
3/5 Oscars: Liked it
-- My Thoughts--
Wren is tired of following her parent's every rule. She's always been a good girl and as obedient as she can be. But as her senior year nears it end, she decides she's had enough. So, one shocking decision later, she finds herself getting closer and closer to the guy she likes, Charlie. Charlie has always loved Wren, but he knew that she would never fall in love with him. Not with the guy he thinks he is. But love can happen against the odds, but will it be forever?
The first thing I liked was the whole relationship between Wren and her parents. I have always been a straight-A student, too, and I could connect with the pressure that Wren feels, since i am currently entering my senior year. I knew how hard it was to balance your own needs WHILE making your parents happy and proud. So, I loved her bravery and her character. She stands out from most typical YA heroines, because she is brave and she decides to take a chance at something she has never done before.
The characters, except Wren and Charlie, were not really well developed. Which I've come to find is very evident in YA Contemporary reads. The authors usually mainly concern themselves with their main characters, that they don't give the other characters their own space and background and development. So, the romance was sweet and it felt real. Lauren Myracle is definitely not shy with tackling the issues of sex while keeping her books in the YA genre. Her view on the subject was definitely refreshing. But I recommend that if you don't like your YA books having intimate moments, then don't continue with this book.
The romance did bother me at times. Okay, so they were all happy together but suddenly Wren always found something wrong with what she was doing or how Charlie treated her. Sometimes, there fights were over such silly things that I couldn't help but roll my eyes. I wished they would grow up. I liked the ending a lot, and it gave very good closure to the story. I am definitely going to be on the lookout for the author, she has some great potential!