Michelle works at a Gas-N-Go after school to take up her time. Bullied at school, ignored by her mom, she is prickly and lonely until she starts spending time with Nathaniel. He brings her out of her shell a little at a time and their relationship takes off. They lean on each other through the tough times.
This book was able to capture my attention. I did not care for what seems like a very quick ending. There didn't seem to be any warning about it, you're just reading and then your mind goes, "Wait, you've read this already." but it turns out to be different. There was an appropriate amount of back story for each character. I didn't like how the main characters name wasn't made obvious at first. I mean I wouldn't want the book to start out, "Hi, my name is... ", but I don't like how it was somewhat of a mystery for a bit. The story was good but not "make it into a movie" good. I think if this author wrote another book I'd read it, but if that book was like this book it would be the last book of hers that I read.
A pushy counselor, school bullies, a neglectful mother, and a dead father have ruined seventeen-year-old high school senior Michelle Pearce’s perspective on life. A social reject living in self-imposed exile, Michelle has little use for anything or anyone?until Nathaniel comes along. A high school dropout who works three jobs to care for his dying grandmother, he’s all but convinced Michelle that there is some good left in humanity.
And then humanity proves him wrong. The unforgivable happens, destroying Michelle’s newfound faith in life and threatening to unravel a love in the making.