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 thought this book was going to be about a tomboy, her three best guy friends, and her dealing with the fact that she was falling in love with one of them. Instead it was about a girl who was a little rough around the edges, growing into herself as a young woman, and realizing that she has been in love with her best friend for a while.
The relationship between Toni and Micah was cute, and I did like reading about how she learns to accept her girliness. What I didn’t much care for was Toni’s other two friends, Cowboy and Ollie. Actually Cowboy was okay, but Ollie was obnoxious!
Ollie and Toni pull a stupid prank that gets them in trouble, and he spends the rest of the book being a gigantic jerk to her because the prank was her idea. This kid got on my nerves. I just knew there had to be a deeper reason he was being so hard on her because it’s not like he wasn’t really into the idea of the prank, but no, he just decided to blame her for everything that went wrong in his life, and started treating her like crap.
I love books about girls with guy friends because I happen to believe that men and women can be great friends, but Ollie was not very friendly. I understood why he was mad at her, but the book would have been much more enjoyable if he had just let it go.
Cowboy wasn’t around enough for me to say much about him. He was nice, but it didn’t feel like he and Toni really had a connection either. Toni spent a lot of time worrying that she was losing her three best friends, but I never got a glimpse of their friendship. All they seemed to do was bicker and misunderstand each other. I mean the girl breaks her freaking arm and Ollie still wouldn’t give her a break!
However, I did get to experience some great friendly moments between Toni and her new best girl friend Emma and between Toni and Micah.
Emma was just the friend Toni needed. She was super girly, but she also knew how to belch and have fun playing video games. (If you ask me, video games can be a girly activity if you do it right. lol)
Toni and Micah were what made this book worth reading, and even though they didn’t spend enough time together, They were adorable. She was the only one who couldn’t see how much he liked her. He was very sweet supportive and understanding.
Mostly, this book was about Toni learning how to deal with and accept change. Her father died a couple of years ago and her mother recently remarried so she grew to hate change. The idea of going away to college and growing apart from her best friends terrified her. Even the idea of changing her relationship with Micah was too scary for her to deal with.
This fear made for a situation that was filled with misunderstandings. She and Micah don’t get their act together and talk about how they feel until the very last moments of the book, but somehow they managed to have enough cute moments to make me like them as a couple.
I am a HUGE fan of books about best friends falling in love, but I also like books that just focus on great friendships. If I was rating the story based on Micah and Toni’s relationship alone, it would be four stars, but the constant bickering that took place with her and her other guy friends lessened my enjoyment of the story. I know that in reality, friends grow apart, but this was a book and I wanted her boys to have her back no matter what.
Read this for the cuteness of Micah and Toni, but be prepared for the annoyance of Ollie and Cowboy.
I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up because of under aged drinking, mild language, and other mature themes. There was no sexual content.