Life is all about the choices you make and the chances you take. For Wren Gray, she has spent the majority of her only-child life doing what her parents have asked and being a good girl. They want the best for Wren, the best education, the best opportunities in life, the best future. Which is great until her parents’ dreams and expectations no longer fit what Wren wants for her life. With high school graduation just days away, eighteen year old Wren has to find a way to tell her parents she has decided to defer college and instead travel to Guatemala and spend the year giving back.
Charlie Parker hasn’t had an easy go at life. He has adored the beautiful and sheltered Wren from a distance but that all changes when she looks at him across the parking lot on the last day of school. A look that connected their souls. A look he can’t forget. Charlie knows if he wants a chance to know Wren, it is now or never.
Life and love are never easy but the summer gives Wren and Charlie a moment to try.
Why I picked up the book: I <3 Lauren Myracle. I needed to break my YA habit of only reading for work/book club so this seemed like a perfect time.
Why I finished the book: I remember the transition between high school and college, and in fact, my niece is going through it right now. Finding yourself, making choices, and finding love are universal themes.
I’d recommend it to: fans of authors like Sarah Dessen. Probably older teens, as there is some more mature content (but it is very relevant to the situation.) Myracle knows teens and young adults and she doesn’t shy away from writing about the realistic situations and choices that they face. Check out the author’s note to readers from her website.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Review by Jenn, YA Librarian (View all my Goodreads reviews)