I really enjoyed this book and I was a little sad when it ended. It felt like I had just spent a summer with these characters in their fictional town of Stanwich, Connecticut. I enjoyed the main character, Emily, and how she grew as the book went on. She went from being shy and unsure of herself, to someone who had some confidence and more than one friend. I liked seeing her learn more about herself and what she wants out of life.
The book focuses a lot on different kinds of friendships (girl/girl, guy/guy, girl/guy, sibling, new, old) and relationships (platonic, romantic, with siblings, with parents) and I loved that. I like that the author showed us what each character’s life was like at home and that she didn’t have any “insta-love” or love triangles…or squares. It was refreshing, especially in the Young Adult category. There isn’t much romance in the book until the end. Even though it was obvious that they would end up together, it was still nice.
Each character was well written with his or her own personality, hopes, fears and issues. Collins was a funny character and provided some comic relief. Dawn was a new friend for Emily and she had very clear opinions of right and wrong. Frank was social and outgoing, but you could tell that he really cared about his friends and those close to him. Even Emily’s little brother was a good character. Sloane, who Emily felt abandoned by, was a mystery to us and to her until we find out more about her later in the book.
If you enjoy books about friendship with some romance thrown in, I think you’ll like this book. I am very happy that I got to read it through the Riveted site.