A sweet, well written and honest story about learning and growing up. While the book is put across almost as one teenage boy’s problems with girls, it actually becomes so much more than that. While the girls do play their own important role I felt like the book was more about the family and the self-awareness that comes with growing up. The focus here was definitely more on the development of the characters rather than the plot. Kepler perfectly paced the novel to introduce Randy through his experience and from that point allowed him to tell his own story, integrating the lives of the other characters.
I loved the development of all the relationships in the book, each was given it’s opportunity to prove itself and contribute to the overall development of Randy as himself, but I particularly enjoyed the connection between Randy and Gwen, the two essentially parentless kids who banded together to make the best of a bad situation. My favorite character though was Jonas, the 95 year old honorary grandfather to Randy, and pretty much everyone else. I felt that he added some much need blunt honesty and truth to counterbalance the teen drama. I also appreciated Hope, Gwen’s little sister, who gave everyone an indirect but solid connection that would have otherwise been lacking.
Lisa - baffledbooks.com