Author: Lauren Myracle
# of Pages: 336
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: August 27th 2013
Rating: 2 Hearts
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…
I think this one is being marketed as young adult but it seemed very much new adult in my opinion. The main characters Wren & Charlie both graduate from highschool within the first few pages, the rest of the book takes place over that summer as they try and decide what to do with their futures. Should they go to college? Take a year off? Do charity work?
The story was told through dual perspective of main characters Wren and Charlie. Neither voice resonated with me, even though it was first person, I never really felt I knew either of them very well. Wren had a very weak personality. She was pretty much a people pleasing pushover who did and said whatever she thought people wanted her to do or say. Charlie’s character wasn’t as weak but I didn’t like him any better. He always seemed to be stuck in the past, unable to leave it behind.
I’m the type who likes a sweet romance that is slowly built and has you on the edge of your seat waiting for that first kiss. The romance in this story was quite the opposite. While Charlie had a crush on Wren for many years, she just took notice of him and then it all moved very fast, as the two felt “connected” from the start. The sex scenes were for mature readers only, having more detail than any of the New Adult titles I’ve read.
The ending was not what I was expecting nor was it satisfying. Overall, this was a complete miss for me.