I was really looking forward to reading this story and I saw that it was buzzing on Netgalley, so I wanted to see what all the hype was about. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a huge letdown for me. We’re introduced to Wren Gray and all her life she was a good girl to the point of overdoing things. She cared what everyone said and thought about her all the time. So in the long run, she lived her life to meet everyone else’s standards except her own. She let her parents continually make decisions for her and never once did she put her foot down to change this.
I hated this about her and to me, I took it as a sign of being very immature. She was too good all the time and her character completely turned me off from early on. I found problems with the flow of the story, as well as the dialogue being constantly stilted. Sadly, this story turned out to be more of a hassle to get through than what I thought it would be. I’m not sure if this book just wasn’t the perfect fit for me or if this is the usual writing style for this author. Because of how I felt after reading this book, I’m not sure if I’d pick up another book by Ms. Myracle. Regrettably, for all the issues I mentioned above, I couldn’t give this story a higher rating.
All her life Wren Gray gave into what her parents wanted for her. This happened so much so, that Wren never even realized what she wanted out of her own life because she was constantly appeasing her mother and father. Now, being a bit older, Wren is faced with making some decisions in life, but we have to wonder are the decisions what her parents want her to do or does she finally break free from their controlling ways and start making her own decisions for herself?
For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now . . . not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?
Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie?at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.
And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them . . .
Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction’s greatest writers.