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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, July 18, 2011:
"Well-drawn characters allow readers to sympathize with nearly everyone...With no tidy solutions, it's an unflinching portrayal of love under pressure."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2011:
"A tender, complex character study...Crisp, revealing dialogue, measured pacing and candid, unaffected prose round out this illuminating novel in which any reader can find someone to root for or relate to. Unforgettable."
New York Times Book Review, August 21, 2011:
"As the story builds to its tumultuous conclusion, Mikey and Ellie have to make the inevitable choice between new love and old allegiances...The hard question at the heart of this book — what would you do? — doesn’t have a single answer. For her young readers, Downham frames it remarkably well.”
Starred Review, School Library Journal, November 1, 2011:
"Downham brilliantly captures the struggle of these two star-crossed lovers as they navigate the stormy waters of family loyalty, social workers and legal systems, job and school. With touching honesty, she brings her characters to life in this poignant story of love and choice. Mesmerizing."
This book was likely meant to be a high-emotion story, but I just didn't feel it.
Maybe Downham wanted to keep it from being a little too blatant, but in a case like this I think being blunt and blatant is a good thing to be.
I loved the contrast between the two characters and the story was told from both sides.
Good book about 2 families pitted against each other. Karyn Mackenzie was with Tom Parker and went back to his house and got drunk. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Regina Niesen
Very good book. Jenny Downham is a good writer, she makes it very easy to relate and connect to her characters.Published 24 days ago by Lauren Brackett
I recently read this book and thought I'd do a review on it. I chose the rating of four stars because though it was a good book it wasn't that great. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Edwina Hennemann
I haven't read anything else by this author, but I was very interesting in seeing how this story would play out. Read more
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Actual rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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