I requested this book from NetGalley after seeing the cover. I grew up in New England (CT and VT) and I miss seeing the foliage. It didn’t disappoint me at all. The story is great and the characters are well written. I’ve been to most of the locations that they mentioned in New Haven, CT and that made the story even better for me. The book is divided into two sections (Before and After) and each chapter is a season of a year from 2003 to 2009. I liked that format and felt like it worked well.
The book is about a girl named Sam who leaves Stowe, VT to attend Yale. She’s really smart and wants to be a scientist and research a cure for cancer. She makes friend with two girls there, Claire and Natalie, and falls for one of them. A lot of the story focuses on her love for Natalie, but it’s mostly one-sided. After Yale, Sam and Natalie move to California and attend different schools. Sam gets into Stanford and continues working towards her goal of finding cure for cancer.About halfway through the book, there is a family emergency and Sam has to leave Stanford, return to Stowe and care for her mother.
When she returns home, she feels out of place in a town she was happy to leave behind. While caring for her mother, she meets new people, makes some good friends and eventually finds happiness. I like the way her relationship developed and that she seemed happy after being miserable for so long.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars.