Genre: Realistic Fiction/Romance
# of Pages: 417
Sydney was always the overlooked younger sibling to Peyton, her charismatic lovable older brother. When Peyton is arrested and sent to jail for paralyzing a teenager while driving his car drunk things shift even more in his direction as their parents struggle to help him in any way they can. Sydney begins to feel unsafe in her own home as Peyton’s overly friendly friend, Ames, begins to frequent her house more and more. By chance, she meets the Chatham family and with it a new best friend and potential boyfriend. The Chathams are everything her family is not and Sydney feels noticed and listened to in a way her family hasn’t for a long time. Eventually, her two worlds collide and she must make some big decisions about where to go from here. Can she forgive her brother for destroying her family? Can she date a boy her family deems unworthy? Will her parents ever give her the attention she deserves as the only remaining child in the home?
Sarah Dessen once again creates a story full of wonderful and engaging characters that make you want to know more about them. Sydney’s family obviously has some very serious issues with Peyton’s predicament, but yet that does not change the fact that they still have a child who needs their attention as well. Meanwhile, the Chathams have had some terrible disappointments too as their mother is very ill. The two families handle conflict in their own ways and Sydney finds strength from both of them in different ways. The romance between Sydney and Mac is sweet, but does not take over the story where Sydney is the main focus. Recommended for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han novels.