“It’s what you feel, and guess what? Feelings are like three-year-olds. They’re not rational. They’re just there.”
Date Published: August 27th 2013 Amulet Books
Published by: Amulet Books
Pages: 316 pages
Status: Read from February 7 to 8; 26 to 27, 2016
For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now… not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?
Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.
And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them…
Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction’s greatest writers.
I was disappointed with the story of the book. When I first read chapters 1 and 2, I felt like it’s gonna be a romance with lots of drama about family, and the reality of first true love. But I stopped for awhile as I became busy with school. And so last Feb. 26, I continued with it. And yes, it is romance and about first loves, but damn I didn’t expect it to be full of childish dramas and such. The writing’s beautiful, though. No complains about that, and also I liked the way the author wrote about a teen’s view of sex or making love, as what the two main characters call it.
First off, I really really really want to have more scenes of Wren and her family’s problem about her chosen career but instead what I got is a little “thank you” “i love you” “take care” scene by the end of the story. No dramas! I really thought the story would focus on this side, since the very beginning, all Wren talks about is her family, and how she’s a perfect daughter until finally she did something her parents wouldn’t like.
Second, what the hell is with the instant love between Wren and Charlie? Charlie’s a good guy and I liked him, but the romance is just too rushed for me. One day they’re just looking at each other then next they were in a ditch or something, kissing then bam! together. Too rushed, although at the beginning of story it is already known that Charlie has feelings for Wren. But, what about Wren? She’s all about her dreams and career and parents, then suddenly she’s into Charlie? Ugh. Or maybe she’s really into Charlie and I just didn’t feel it. Aside from that, their argument about the picture is really childish. Wren is really immature in that scene.
Lastly, Starrla. She’s seriously a bitch hahaha no kidding. The worst character in the story. I don’t understand her, the characters in the book don’t understand her. She did something intentionally that made the relationship of Charlie and Wren almost broke apart, and then she’s sorry? Uhm, whoa girl. Since the beginning, she’s acting like a bitch. There’s no scene that made her look like a broken person that acts bitchy and selfish just to avoid sympathy from others. There’s no scene that may make you feel a little sympathy for her. None at all.
All in all, I was disappointed with the book although I think it has a potential. The elements about family and career crisis should’ve been given more focus. It is a fast-paced book so you’ll get into the story immediately.