Genre: Realistic Fiction/Romance
# of Pages: 402 pages
RAC Book: Yes
Mclean has been moving around with her dad ever since her parents’ traumatizing divorce. Her dad is a restaurant consultant who goes into struggling restaurants to help them turn it around before it is too late. This is the fourth city Mclean has lived in over the past two years. Her relationship with her mother is strained at best as she tries to constantly bring her home and Mclean resists. One of the reasons Mclean likes moving with her dad is because she can reinvent herself each place they go. When they reach this latest location, however, she finds it harder and harder to ignore who she really is. She especially has trouble pretending she is someone else when she is with the next door neighbor boy. Can Mclean come to terms with her parents’ divorce? Can she find herself and be prepared for college the following year? Can she keep aloof with her new friends and refuse to form true connections?
Fans of Sarah Dessen will devour this book as it has all of her trademark appeal. The characters are multi-dimensional and true. The story is believable and does not rely on over the top plot twists to keep readers interested. The relationships are so honest that anyone can identify with someone’s situation. Overall, another gem for Dessen. Teenage girls will love it.