This was cute story about Nick who is 18 and getting ready to head to college. It's the summer before and he's working at a job he doesn't really like and he feels overwhelmed at the thought of going off to college. He's immature and not ready for that kind of responsibility. His parents are frustrated with his behavior and there is a disconnect between them.
Jai is a coworker who is much older (he's 25) and who only comes into town a few months out of the year to earn money so he can go back to traveling. Jai spends most of the year in different countries. Nick decided Jai is hot and should be the one to give him some sexual experience since he doesn't want to leave for college a virgin. As the story goes on the two go from hook up to friends to caring for each other in a romantic way.
I really wasn't sure about Nick at first because not only is he young but he was super immature. He grew on me though over the course of the book as he starting growing up a bit. The plot was good and there were some funny and sweet moments. There were also some smexy moments as Jai does in fact teach Nick about sex.
My only niggle was I just couldn't see what Jai saw in Nick. Jai was a lot older, not just in years but in life experience and maturity. It was one where I couldn't actually imagine these two people together but I just went with it because overall I thought it was a fun read.
"The struggle is real."
Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen and not ready to grow up yet. He has a summer job, a case of existential panic, and a hopeless crush on the unattainable Jai Hazenbrook. Except how do you know that your coworker's unattainable unless you ask to blow him in the porta-potty?
That's probably not what Dad meant when he said Nick should act more like an adult.
Twenty-five-year-old Jai is back in his hometown of Franklin, Ohio, just long enough to earn the money to get the hell out again. His long-term goal of seeing more of the world is worth the short-term pain of living in his mother's basement, but only barely.
Meeting Nick doesn't fit in with Jai's plans at all, but, as Jai soon learns, you don't have to travel halfway around the world to have the adventure of a lifetime.
This is not a summer romance. This is a summer friendship-with-benefits. It's got pizza with disgusting toppings, Netflix and chill, and accidental exhibitionism. That's all. There are no feelings here. None. Shut up.