Publication Date: March 1, 2014
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Keywords: high school, military, hospital
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley (thank you!)
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I actually forgot that I downloaded this from NetGalley until AnnaReads mentioned she had read it in one of her posts, and I remembered how pretty I thought the cover was, so I promptly went and started it. And I was kind of blown away.
I'm always on the skeptical side of books from smaller publishing houses I haven't heard of. Not that I don't believe they can put out good books, but because the bigger ones normally snatch the spectacular ones up. But I was very impressed with this one.
In one way, it seemed like your typical unexpected romance — mostly predictable, cute characters, a few rough patches but ultimately things are great. But there was quite a bit more that the book offered. The characters felt so real — they were dealing with real issues, they weren't perfect, and they weren't sure how to go about fixing things they'd messed up.
I loved how real the book felt and how things were not perfect. Their friends I especially liked, and I loved that Aidan was confused about what he wanted to do, and Kate was struggling with herself. Overall I was just very invested in the story and the characters because they felt so real to me, and they didn't try to pretend to be anything they weren't. Sure, I kind of knew how it was going to pan out, but I didn't really care because it seemed realistic the whole time.
Read When: You want a book to go quickly, but also want some realistic characters with human flaws and idiosyncrasies. And a few good steamy scenes. :)