I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion from Netgalley. Receiving the book for free does not affect my opinion.
MY RATING: 4.5 STARS
Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he’s losing his vision at seventeen?
Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she’s starting to think fate has a weird sense of humor.
Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery from the author of Love Songs & Other Lies.
“Why did we have to meet the summer before I moved away?”
Through the story we follow Olivia and Aedin – two teenagers struggling with a lot of things, just wanting to let loose and enjoy their summer.
The characters felt really relatable and as the book progressed I ended up falling completely in love with them! I really shipped them together and anticipated what would happen next.
I loved how I was waiting for them to make a move and to finally get to together.
The characters are the most essential component of the book for me and they can make it or break it and I am glad to say that in this book, they made it a 1000x better!
The relationships amongst the characters were also complex but they could have been developed more- especially between Olivia and her mom – but they came together nicely and felt very realistic.
The writing was overall amazing as well! It sucked you in and I was unable to get up and do anything while I was reading this novel! It felt as if the words were flowing and I was enraptured by it all.
The plot was interesting as well. It felt a little cliché at first but then it dived into a new direction which made it much better.
The suspense of how it was all going to end was always hanging above our heads and the fact that there was a definite deadline for everything made the book so much more interesting!
Overall, it turned into something I did not expect and I am really glad I read this book. The ‘art adventures’ that I went on with this book are something I will always remember. This book was exactly what I needed to get out of a slump.
It was a cute, fluffy, fast read.
Other plus points for this book are:
Slight visual disability representation
Minor LGBTQIA+ community representation
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