I’m surprised by how emotional I was while reading this. Even thought they weren’t all good emotions, I was very invested in the story.
My first emotion was frustration. I was very frustrated with the love triangle vibe of this book. It wasn’t really a love triangle, but it annoyed me anyway. Brea is clearly in love with her best friend Adam, and the book is about how they get together so I knew who she really wanted. Since this is a love story between Brea and Adam, I don’t know why so much time had to be spent on her making out with her boyfriend Jay. She was only dating him for a distraction, and all the time they spent together was a waste. Jay was a very nice guy, but when she wasn’t kissing him, she wasn’t thinking about him, it was all about Adam. I do respect that she never cheated on her boyfriend though. She never even considered cheating on him.
I think Jay’s character was simply an obstacle in the way of Adam and brea’s love, but It’s not like Adam and Brea didn’t have enough obstacles in their relationship. He is two years older than her, and going away to college in a few months so her timing could not be worse, and Brea’s home life is very stressful.
This book also had a more serious tone than the others in the series. There were some funny scenes, but the reality of how hard things were for Brea, her brother Levi, and their mother, was depressing. They aren’t just struggling financially, they are flat broke. Five dollars is the difference between having a place to sleep that month and living on the streets, and this causes a lot of stress for their family. I commend the author for allowing her main characters to have such a real and common problem, but it was hard to read at times. I just don’t read romantic comedies for realism.
On top of all of this, Brea is flunking out of school because she can’t seem to take test. She knows the answers, but when she is sitting in the classroom, she constantly second guesses herself until she fails. Fortunately, Adam is a genius who knows her better than she knows herself, and he is willing to do whatever he can to help her raise her grades. There are plenty of adorable scenes that involve Adam and Brea studying together and hanging out, but I would have liked it if they had a few more moments together as a couple.
The ending really tugged at my heartstrings, and I couldn’t believe it when I actually teared up. I have read some really sad books and didn’t shed a tear, but for some reason the idea of two people who are so perfectly made for each other being forced to separate, made me cry. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, and I also wanted to cheer at the end of the books because I was so happy for them.
The only reason I didn’t give this book a higher rating is because Brea spent too much time kissing Jay, and not enough time smooching with Adam. I would recommend this book for readers who don’t mind reading about realistic obstacles and problems in their romantic books The pay off at the end is really great, all the characters in the book are incredibly likable, there are just as many funny scenes as there are sad, and Brea and Adam are too cute for words.
Because of language and sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up. There are no sex scenes, but sex is discussed in a humorous way.