This was June’s book for my online book club, We Get Lit. It’s a very cute YA Queer Rom Com set during the last couple months of the main characters’ senior year at a private Christian high school in a small town in Alabama. Chloe Green moved to Alabama from L.A. with her two moms. She spent four years of high school avoiding gossipy popular kids and jocks, happy with her nerdy theater friends. The only thing keeping Chloe going is winning valedictorian. Her only competition is beautiful prom queen, and daughter of the principal, Shara Wheeler.
A month before graduation Shara kisses Chloe and then disappears. Turns out, Shara also kissed her boyfriend Smith and bad-boy neighbor Rory, leaving a series of cryptic, pink notes in a twisted scavenger hunt for the trio. Chloe is desperate to drag Shara back to school so she can beat her fair and square, or at least, that’s what she tells herself is the reason she wants Shara back. Meanwhile, Smith and Rory have their own reasons for finding Shara. The hunt opens Chloe’s eyes to the small town, making her realize there may just be more to it than she thought.
I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed it. The book is a quick read and the story is fast-paced and full of action. At the beginning of the book Chloe is very closed off, looking down on Alabama and the people that live in it. She can’t wait to flee to NYC for college. But, as she’s forced to interact with Smith and Rory’s friends, and dive into Shara’s life, she starts to see that there is more to the small town than she thought – and perhaps not all of it is bad. I liked Chloe’s growth throughout the story, as well as the changes and truths that Rory and Smith go through.
The book is full of humor and several times I actually laughed out loud. Because it’s a YA book, there are a lot of angsty moments, but that’s to be expected. I mean, I remember feeling that the world was ending on a regular basis when I was a teenager. So, ya know, it’s authentic. If you’re looking for a fun, quick read, I highly recommend this book.