A long, hot summer…
That’s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy’s father.
But sometimes, unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister’s project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl’s world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to question her sheltered life.
Is it really always better to be safe than sorry?
I reread this book before doing this review, and it appealed as strongly to me as it had done on the first time. This is not you usual YA fiction, light and funny or dark and depressing but it is somewhere in the middle. Macy, the main character is breaking inside, still dealing with her father’s death , but outside, she tries to be perfect. I could relate with this, as I am kinda like a perfectionist too, and getting everything perfect is my main focus. So, I can definitely say that this book gave me some profound insights, something to take back after closing it.
The story was great and beautiful I found myself immersed in it before I knew it. The writing style was pretty good and there is development of the main character throughout the book. Apart from that, there is a wonderful blend of side characters adding vibrancy to the story, with all of them being different and interesting. Wes was the character which shone out more than anyone else (except Macy, of course) and he is, in short, ‘extraordinary’, as Macy terms it. He is handsome, with angular cheekbones and dark hair, but that’s not all. He is someone who is okay with people’s faults and imperfections and is understanding and non-judgemental. There are other reasons too, so you’d have to read the book to get what I’m saying. Also, the chemistry between Macy and him is steady and they become friends before other things and I liked that.
So, to put it together, this was an interesting, compelling read with a lesson, but not too preachy.
For people who like fast-paced reads, this is not the one for them. This is fun to read, for me, but otherwise it is kinda thoughtful and there are some flashbacks and reminiscences too.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves YA fiction.
Quotes that I loved from the book:
1.“It’s just that…I just think that some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic. It’s the universe’s way of providing contrast, you know? There have to be a few holes in the road. It’s how life is.”
2.“It was just one of those things,” I said, “You know, that just happen. You don’t think or plan. You just do it.”