By Sarah Dessen
Viking Juvenile, 2013
Audience: All Teens
Source: Digital Galley
Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.
Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.
Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?
Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?
Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.
Classic Sarah Dessen. Great to read in the summer. In this book, the romance was a bit different than in her others. I liked that a lot. It was good to see something different. Also, it was good to see Colby again. It made me want to go back and reread her entire collection. I was so worried this book would expire before I finished it - it was a bit long - but I made it. It had a great ending, and I can't wait for her next book!