Sage tries to so hard to be perfect. If she acts happy and adjusted, people won’t look beyond the surface and ask questions about her dark past. Shane just wants to be left alone in this new town. Being lonely sucks but there’s less chance of getting into trouble if he stays away from getting to know people. They never counted on each other. Maybe they could be happy together but there’s so much hurt and darkness in their pasts, can they truly overcome it?
This book ended up being mostly a cute and fluffy read but there was a bit of underlying darkness to the characters’ lives. The issues never overwhelmed the sweetness of the book. It was more Sage and Shane getting together and dealing with living and keeping their secrets safe.
Sage was known as the “Post-it Princess’ at her school. She started writing feel-good messages on pink post-its and leaving them on students’ lockers who looked like they needed cheering up. Some classmates thought it was silly and the nickname came across as mocking at times but Sage preferred to be known as the happy ‘Post-it Princess’ than for her past. Shane was the new kid trying to stay under the radar, just play his music and be invisible. That was impossible once Sage started to notice him and he slowly started becoming more involved. They both had secrets from their past but they were pretty perfect for each other.
Most of the side characters came from a group Sage was in, Green World, which was an environmental group. Her best friend Ryan, who was her only friend for so long, took a while to grow on me but he finally came around. Lila was awesome. She and Sage were so different but they made such perfect friends. The Freshmen and Sophomores that ended up joining the group were adorable and it was great seeing Sage realize that she was making friends beyond Ryan.
A lot of the book was about the give and take of being in a relationship. Sage liked taking care of people, it came to her naturally, but Shane hated feeling like he couldn’t do things for himself, which was how he felt when she did take care of him. It wasn’t just romantic relationships either. There was a great one between Sage and her aunt Gabby where Sage did her best not to be an inconvenience so her aunt wouldn’t send her back to foster care and her aunt was balancing being a guardian and a working woman.
There were a lot of little things I enjoyed in the book as well. Sage’s convictions about not getting in a car, even when it would have been so much more convenient. She rode her bike everywhere and if she couldn’t, then she didn’t go. The lunches and suppers that the group shared just sounded like so much fun and made me want to start doing that more often. There was also the darkness in both Sage’s and Shane’s pasts that had to be dealt with, and some bullying on the part of some other students. Things with that didn’t start happening until closer to the end but once it did, it was pretty emotional.
One last note, the cover is absolutely adorable, especially now that I know the significance of the post-its.