Release date: May 3rd 2016
Hadley St. Clair’s life changed the day she came home to a front door covered in slips of paper, each of them revealing the ugly truth about her father. Now as her family falls apart in the wake of his year-long affair, Hadley wants everyone-her dad most of all-to leave her alone. Then she meets Sam Bennett, a cute new boy who inexplicably “feels like home” to Hadley. Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret about his family that could ruin everything.
This book was told in the dual POVs of Hadley and Sam, two teenagers struggling with the consequences of choices made around a year ago and just trying to live with their dysfunctional families. They were both interesting characters and I thought they worked well as a potential couple but it was also hard to get completely sucked into their story when there were so many secrets being kept that could ruin their relationship. I had a lot of empathy for both of them. They just wanted their families to go back to normal but that wasn’t going to happen and they wanted to do what was right for them, what they needed to get past what had happened but their parents were only focused on themselves.
The dynamics between the teenage characters were great. I loved the sibling bond between Sam and his sister Liv, and both of their relationships with Sam’s friend Ajay, and Hadley’s friendship with her best friend Kat. Even the dynamics between the supporting teen characters were great and a lot of fun to read. It was interesting to see these two groups(Sam, Liv, Ajay/Hadley, Kat) merge together.
If the book had focused on the teens and them overcoming the secrets that threatened their future as a couple or as friends, I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more. Where the book lost me was with the adult characters who acted more like children than their actual children. I spent so much time being angry at the adults for how they were behaving that it took away from the times I should have been laughing and enjoying the scenes with the teens.
The writing was great and the overall plot was interesting. It made me excited to see what Ashley Herring Blake writes next.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.