Published On: May 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?
Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.
The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.
Simple, but it fits perfectly with the story.
I love everything Sarah Dessen has ever written so I was expecting to love it.
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Sydney was a great character. She has all these family problems and she kind of just went through life while accepting that her brother would get the most attention. Eventually she figures out that she doesn’t want that to be the case any more and she starts to get a little defiant. I loved seeing her develop as she met all these new people. You can really see her change until the very end. It’s a great book for character development.
Mac was a great love interest in this book.You can see he has some issues of his own but he has a stronger family life than Sydney and that’s what keeps him together. Seeing him choose his family over everyone else is refreshing. He still has a life though and can manage everything nicely. He’s just a nice guy in general. It’s great reading about the guy who isn’t perfect sometimes.
Sarah Dessen is great at characters. The plot was good too but it’s the characters that suck you in. She’s great at showing you that nobody is perfect and everyone has some sort of darker secret. It really shows you that things could be worse but will turn out great in the end. I’m a big fan of her happy endings even though it’s sometimes a rough path getting there.
I don’t know if this is my favourite book of hers but it’s definitely at the top. I really love the little symbols she adds throughout the book like saint anything and the carousel from the cover. It makes it more interesting to read. Basically this is a cute book with a lot of family drama. It’s easy to relate to which makes it easy to love.
“The future was one thing that could never be broken, because it had not yet had the chance to be anything.”
5 out of 5 stars