I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I went through a range of emotions while reading this.
First it was boring, then the story got very good, and then it was even better.
Dave has been in love with his best friend Julia throughout his entire high school career. He thinks about her constantly, and has never even glanced in the direction of another girl. Things complicated when he and Julie decide to complete a list of everything they decided they would never do in high school.
Nothing is off limits, and they vow to do everything from “seducing a teacher” to “going on an epic road trip”. While stepping out of their self imposed shells for the first time, Dave and Julia make new friends, drift apart, and become close in new and exciting ways.
Dave meets a cute girl named Gretchen, and starts to feel things for her, and of course that means Julia has to choose that moment in time to decide she has feelings for him. This wouldn’t be a YA romance if she didn’t.
There are a lot of things I want to say about this book that I can’t because it would spoil things. I know I could use the “spoiler” function, but I think we all know that most people read the spoilers and then regret it later. I am going to do you a favor this time and remove the temptation. You will thank me later.
Because of all the drama that went down between Dave, Julia, and Gretchen and the way things ended, I can’t say that I LOVED this book, but it was a darn good book nonetheless. It made me feel things in a way that I was never expecting. The dialogue was charming and witty. And I may not like some of the choices Dave made, but he was a teenager, and he had every right in the world to be confused and screw up so I liked him anyway. I loved everything about Julia and I was very proud of her by the end of the book. And Gretchen was too adorable for words.
Sorry if this review was all over the place, but I am still putting my emotions back together again. Plus, this is a very difficult book to review without spoiling, but gosh darn it, I did my best.
Because of language, and mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 15 and up.