This is an ok Young Adult Contemporary Romance set in a mid-tier boarding school in Florida. Grace is a 15 year out outcast who believes her science teacher is her soulmate. When she finds out he’s engaged, her heart shatters. She then sees one of the popular bullies and his minions beating up a boy and she shoots a rock with her slingshot and hits the bully in the face. The boy, Wade, and Grace run off and escape. So begins the relationship between Grace and Wade. It starts as friendship and Grace begins to see the world differently and open herself up. It slowly builds to a sweet romance. But, they both have secrets they are keeping from each other and eventually Grace unintentionally crushes Wade’s heart. Can either of them survive the heartache?
The beginning of the book when Grace goes on and on about her crush on her teacher was awkward and uncomfortable to read. That part when on far too long. Grace was hard to like in the beginning. There’s a difference between being shy and introspective and just down right rude. Grace is just plain rude. Wade is a fun-loving character that brings out the best in Grace, but he’s a one-dimensional character. We only see him by how he affects Grace, not as a full-fledge character.
While this is a typical teenage love story, everything is exaggerated and overly-dramatic (although, really, is it possible for a teenager love story to not be dramatic?) Anyway, it was a quick, fun read and I enjoyed the book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press. All opinions are my own.
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