While this book has a very creepy aspect to it, the way Greenwood wrote Wavy and Kellen’s relationship puts you in a state you have to constantly remind yourself this isn’t your normal age gap. Wavy isn’t 18, a freshmen in college, or something like that, and Kellen some worldly guy who is the catalyst to her discovering herself as a woman. No. Because of Wavy’s life, she seemed pretty sure of who she was before she was a teenager. All she needed to finish growing up was for someone to love her, handle the things a child can’t and take some of the burdens of living off her back.
Which is why it was so hard to often remember that age gap. With all Wavy went through with her mom and dad, you don’t associate that with kids since you don’t often see kids deal with that. That is usually a teen thing. So when Wavy finds happiness, with Kellen, your mind clicks into that happy place you remember from countless YA novels in which love helps validate, bring a certain level of comfort, and create some sort of peace and routine.
But perhaps something I downplayed but is done well in this book is the eroticism. There are moments in this book where you are reading Wavy describing what she is doing to Kellen, or with him, and on top of thinking Wavy is really filthy, you are asking yourself what was going through Greenwood’s head. For, honestly, the way she writes intimacy in both the sexual and companionship sense, I feel no YA novel really captures well. Especially in terms of expressing unfiltered desires.
Though perhaps the main reason this is being labeled something to buy, and recommended, is because you can easily see everything that happens leap off the page. Greenwood is very descriptive but doesn’t seem like she is trying to bloat the book like a freshmen with their first college term paper. She gives you enough to satisfy but never tries to leave you hungry. And honestly, I can’t imagine someone not grabbing up the rights to this book for an adaptation within the next two years. Of course, the age difference will make things difficult, but I can imagine someone changing Wavy’s age to 16 or 17 and making Kellen a smidge older to work around that. Either way, get the ebook, physical book, just find some time to read this book, work your way through some of the cringey moments, and just enjoy yourself. Unless the age gap is triggering or just too much to deal with, I can’t fathom why you won’t probably rip through this book.