Author: Carolyn Mackler
Synopsis: Zoe, Jake, Mia, Gregor, and Whitney meet at freshman orientation. At the end of that first day, they make a promise to reunite after graduation. So much can happen in those in-between years….
Zoe feels like she will live forever in her famous mother’s shadow. Jake struggles to find the right connections in friendship and in love. Mia keeps trying on new identities, looking for one that actually fits. Gregor thoughthe wanted to be more than just a band geek. And Whitney seems to have it all, until it’s all falling apart around her.
Echoing aspects of John Hughes’s The Breakfast Club, Carolyn Mackler skillfully brings the stories of these five disparate teens together to create a distinct and cohesive whole—a novel about how we can all affect one another’s lives in the most unexpected and amazing ways.
Huge thank you from the publisher for sending me an advanced copy of this for review!
Sadly I found this book to be on the boring side. I’m not a huge fan of multiple-POV and this one had FIVE! There were times I got a little lost about who was who and who was doing what, but it was a quick read (despite being over 400 pages).
This story takes place over the four years of high school and follows five different students. They cross paths, some even become friends, but it’s not about THEM as a GROUP. I liked this and didn’t. It was an interesting character study. I liked how each character evolved, some went through personal transformations, others went through personal tragedies. They all touched each others lives without even knowing it at times.
I think what I liked best about this was how each character did grow. I liked that in the beginning they seemed so young and immature and then by the time they graduated it felt like they’d started to take their places in the world.
Overall though this book didn’t make that strong of an impression on me and I think it would make an interesting movie, but as a book, didn’t fully work for me.