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I wanted to ring Morgan's neck and tell her to get off her freaking phone and focus on the real world for once. I did like her though, as much as I wanted to slap her silly sometimes. I kind of know how she feels, except I know who my father is, but the fact is that he didn't want me. So in a way, I sort of get it. Though I never once needed him, and she doesn't need her father either, because she has a great family and wonderful friends.
Adam, I liked him too. He was pretty real. Beyond that he wasn't the typical guy that appears in most stories I read, and he honestly was that dorky and weird guy in the nerdy-hot kind of way.
It was Amy that I full blown fell in love with. She made a mistake and lied in the beginning, but she eventually opened up. She wasn't afraid to jump in and put herself out there. She always spoke exactly what was on her mind, and she didn't lie, no matter what it was she said, it was honest. She definitely was not afraid to be herself and was so out there. Beyond all her quirks and weirdness, she was exactly what a true friend should be. A real friend. That being said, I was not expecting at all what came at the ending and I was heartbroken. I do not want to spoil that for anyone, but I encourage for those to read it. I wished the ending hadn't happened the way it did, but regardless I loved the book to the very end.
Simple enough story. Morgan is our perspective character. Her mother, who smokes and drinks too much, lands in the hospital with a heart attack. She thinks she’s going to die, so she tells Morgan where to find the name of the man who is her biological father. She decides she wants to confront him, so Road Trip!
The characters are flawed to the point of being broken and are heavy laden with secrets they don’t want to share. Each character starts off as an isolated individual, but even though the characters become closer as events unfold, I find that I really didn’t care.
Morgan danced around the house in boy’s underwear while her best friend filmed it. That would have been alright but she posted it on line and the video went viral. Morgan has become grist for the rumor mill, she is no longer friends with Lexi, the girl who posted the video and she’s become a loner. She keeps her distance from everyone thinking it is better that way. With Morgan, I found that she was often acting like a real b***h. She lives her life on twitter with her summer goal of reaching 5,000 followers, phone glued to her hand. She prefers living a virtual life with virtual friends than living in the “real world” and she pretty much shuns everyone around her.
Her father abandoned her and her mother. She never even knew his name. Then she finds out he is living not too far from her home and her mother never told her. She has been steeping in anger her entire life over the father that didn’t want her and now she is angry at her mother for keeping her father’s identity and whereabouts a secret. Not able to forgive her mother at the moment, she decides to face down that man that cast her aside.
Adam is her boss at the amusement park. He pretty much acts like a jerk all the time. When he catches Amy, one of the employees, eating popcorn out of the bags to be sold in the concession stand, he goes ballistic. She runs into Morgan in the restroom and tells her what happened with Adam. Morgan gets a song and dance and offers to talk to Adam on Amy’s behalf. Morgan is talking to Adam about the incident when she gets the call about her mom and Adam offers to take her to the hospital. With this unexpected offer, Morgan begins to wonder if there is more to Adam than she sees and if he is really the jerk he appears to be.
Amy is one bottle of bubbly just waiting to explode. She seems to have very few filters and says just about anything that pops into her head. She’s a ball of energy, adding a ditzy personality, and a non-stop talker. She annoys everyone around her. Giving Morgan a real song and dance about eating the popcorn, Morgan feels compelled to be her champion, but there is perhaps more to Amy than she at first lets on.
One moment, one situation brings the three of them together in such a way that none of their lives will ever be the same.
The secondary characters were well written too, although some seemed a bit cliched at first glance. You have the dorky guy who turns out to be a sweetheart (and miraculously hot underneath those glasses), the perky best friend character, and the older twin brothers who seem like opposites but are more alike than you know. Besides being a little cliched on the outside, I loved the characters once I got to know them as individual people in the story - with all their quirks and flaws. It made the book all the more realistic and believable. The plot was a fantastically written and incredibly relevant in our society today. All of the struggles that Morgan faces are real life problems that happen every day. The author even included social media (Twitter) to keep the story current as well as proving a point. Although the story is light and heart-warming, it deals with some serious topics as well - such as family, friendship, self confidence, love, and believing in yourself. It also touches a bit on the topic of bullying and being an outcast among peers. I myself haven't faced all of the problems that Morgan does in the book, but I have come face-to-face with most of them. The author writes about all of these struggles and issues that Morgan must deal with in a personal and detailed way - to the point where I felt like I was in Morgan's shoes right along with her, and I could almost literally feel the things that she was. In my opinion, when the author has the ability to really get into my head and connect me to the characters so fully, I know that they have an incredible talent. That's definitely what happened with this book - and then some. It has a bit of something for everyone - fun times, happiness, love, romance, grief, loss, fear, believing in yourself, finding strength, and lots of other themes. Highly recommended for fans of YA contemporary fiction!
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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