*Review copy granted in exchange for an honest review*
Initially I struggled to read this book as, quite simply, the first few chapters are really quite boring. However, as I read on the book slowly started to become more interesting and while I was starting to enjoy it, I found the age of the characters was putting me off a bit (14/15 at the beginning). This book is classed as New Adult/Young Adult and when I was reading I would've said definitely YA not NA but then by the time you are a quarter of the way in the first year of high school is over and the characters were a year older, and I suddenly grasped what this book was truly about and that we were going to see these characters grow over time instead of getting a snapshot of their lives at a particular age and I got really excited.
The book quickly went from boring to interesting to OMG cannot stop reading but crap I've got work tomorrow!! It is full of teenage angst, general dramas, insecurities, lust, first loves, friendships and heartbreak and I honestly think it captures exactly the emotions of what it is like to be a teenager.
You care deeply for Nolan and you fall in love with Reed too. You feel every up and down of their relationship as though you are living it and despite the many hurdles, heartbreaks and utter (teenage) stupidity you want them to sort it out and be happy as you get the feeling that despite them being so young, what they have is the real deal.
The book ends with college. So from the start of high school to college in one book and there is a sequel coming in October that features the same characters in college, will this book follow them all through college as this book did high school? I don't know, but I hope so. I'm desperate to see Reed and Nolan into true adulthood and to see if their dreams (together or apart) are realised.
Cracking book from a promising Indie author.
(You just need to get through the initial chapters!!!)5 out of 5 stars!