By: Cecily Wolfe
Length: 262 pages
Published: April 24th 2017
When her mother is sleeping with the man she loves, what’s a girl to do?
Francesca is weeks away from high school graduation and the hope of escaping her self-centered, grasping family – her trashy mother and hustling twin brother. While her crush on their older neighbor holds her attention, she is blind to what everyone else can clearly see, the love her best friend Mitch carries in his heart for her. When her dead grandmother’s high school boyfriend returns to town for his class reunion, his immediate attraction to Francesca is a game changer. Can Mr. Long – and his wealth – open up undreamed of opportunities for Francesca’s future, and at what price?
First and foremost to the author:
How dare you. How dare you make me fall in love with these characters and have my heart ripped out in the end. I was a blubbering mess when I finished. That was by far the most unexpected turn of events and it literally destroyed my inner soul. And I absolutely loved every bit of it with every fiber of my being.
Now that I got that off my chest, Cecily Wolfe has once again captured my heart with her cast development. None of these characters are your standard run of mill characters that you see in a young adult romance. There are sexual situations, so if you’re not comfortable with your teen reading about that then this is probably one you’ll want to keep away from them. But in my opinion, I think it suitable for 16 and up, it’s really nothing worse than what you see or hear in a pg-13 movie.
Every young girl has that older man in their life that they just fawn over, mine was my science teacher of the 9th and 11th grade. My goodness, I don’t remember anything I learned during those classes. So while reading this book, it really brought back to the mindset I had during my high school years. Hence why I was so devastated by the ending. Believe me, this is one you’ll want to read it, this is not your standard twist.
The way this was written, was different from most books I’ve come across. You have every character’s point of view coming into play. At first, I was really hesitant on that, I didn’t see how all these Points of views could morph to tell the story of Francesca. So I was pleasantly surprised to see that the story entwined so well with these characters than to have written it in another format I don’t think would have been successful of a story.
Most coming of age story I find to be somewhat unrealistic especially when they try to cover the romance department. It’s a fine line to walk when you’re writing about high school students. And Wolfe has no problem waking that line. There’s enough push to keep you intrigued but not enough that you appalled at what you’re reading. Meaning you really do get a good insight into these young minds, Francesca, Tricia (best friend #1), Mitch (Best friend #2), Ricky (Twin brother) And Ashley ( New girl). It’s a large cast of teens/young adults to cover in one book but this book wouldn’t be possible without them though.
Oh and don’t forget the most unforgettable mom award goes to Francie and Jane. I mean my goodness, you’d think these two women as similar as they are could become the best of friends but when you watch them interact with each other while you know their true intentions is just a ball of sarcasm and for someone like me, it is brilliant.
You have the enchantment of the mysterious Mr. Long and his quip personality. I still and probably will find myself often thinking about his relationship with Francesca and pondering what his true motives are. If they are as pure as he comes across in the book or if he has longing for his lost love.
So if you’re looking for something new, something that is not your typical read, a weekend book, a long flight or long road trip book, then this is it. You won’t be disappointed.