- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen (March 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062351370
- ISBN-13: 978-0062351371
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,186,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 8 Up—Meredith "Middie" Daniels calls it the leaving season—the time when kids are graduating and leaving home for the first time. Her boyfriend, Nate, isn't leaving for college, though. He's taking a gap year volunteering in Central America while Middie finishes high school. When a horrible tragedy strikes within weeks of Nate's departure, it sends Middie reeling. None of her friends or family understand just how unmoored she feels. Well, no one except for Nate's best friend. Lee Ryan, a slacker who Middie never liked, who calls her Yoko, who is everything Nate is not, seems to be the only one who understands her grief. But can this ungrounded guy really help her reach solid ground again? Jordan has crafted a story about leaving, about growing up, and about finding your path and being true to yourself. The protagonist is a solidly drawn character, as is Lee. No new ground is covered but the plot twist near the end is well played. VERDICT Fans of Sarah Dessen, Lurlene McDaniel, and other similar romance authors may enjoy Jordan's debut offering.—Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta
“Jordan has crafted a story about leaving, about growing up, and about finding your path and being true to yourself… Fans of Sarah Dessen, Lurlene McDaniel, and other similar romance authors may enjoy Jordan’s debut offering.” (School Library Journal)
“The real-life drama told in Middie’s voice artfully weaves a complicated personal story of rebellion and personal growth as she figures out what is really important to her and what love really means. A touching coming-of-age romance.” (Kirkus)
“Some may find the ending exhilarating, while others will be reaching for hankies. Jordan’s debut novel should appeal to fans of Elizabeth Eulberg and Jenny Han.” (Booklist)
“Debut author Jordan capably shows how Middie discovers new dimensions of herself, as well as how life moves on and brings new opportunities in the process… readers looking for happy endings won’t be disappointed as Middie stumbles her way back toward love and happiness.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A story at turns gentle and devastating-the subtle romantic tension simmers as Jordan’s characters fight to define themselves and connect with one another. Gripping and joyful all at once.” (Megan Mulry, USA Today bestselling author of A Royal Pain)
Top customer reviews
The author paints a realistic perspective on several adult themes that will engage YA and adult readers alike. I loved this book (and its beautifully designed cover) and look forward to reading more from Cat Jordan.
Every time I thought I knew how it was going to end, it changed direction which I found fascinating and made me continue reading.
This is an excellent story to recommend to young teens who are looking for romance, adventure and high school experiences. I know several people that I can't wait to tell about this book. I look forward to more books by this author!!
If you liked the films Brothers or Pearl Harbor maybe you'll enjoy it more than I did.
Middie makes her way through her senior year of high school shaped by her first love (Nate, one year ahead of her), a close circle of girlfriends, and, much to her own surprise, Nate’s good friend, Lee. The story’s three main characters are each confronting their own internal struggles and learning to make decisions grounded in some semblance of morality. Middie’s sensitivity – always considering how her actions impact others – helps us see the meaning behind getting through a period of confrontation like this; the feelings of worry and second-guessing are healthy in a young adult aspiring to do the right thing.
When Nate’s post-high school journey does not go as planned, Middie finds herself experiencing life in a different way, learning how to keep true to herself in times of adversity. Readers will undoubtedly reminisce about their own high school experiences as they follow Cat Jordan’s story. Jordan illustrates and conveys the tenderness of sisterly love, the strength of demonstrating affection through heartfelt actions rather than words, the experience of feeling part of someone else’s family as a result of an enduring relationship. Through Lee’s experience of Nate’s ordeal, Jordan shows us the depth and value of friendship as a foundation for young men on the cusp of adulthood. We’re most moved when Middie’s compassion helps her finally grasp Nate’s wish for a simple life. Her discovery and realizations are not at all related to the personal challenges that befall Nate, but rather they spring from her own clarity about who she really is deep inside.