A cute and lighthearted YA read
This is my fourth book by Scott and my favorite of hers to date. If you follow my reviews you will know I’m a big YA fan, especially if it is filled with lots of emotions and angst, which is not the case in this book but sometimes you just want to read something sweet that puts a smile on your face. There is nothing new here, and there is nothing that will blow you away, but it’s a good choice if you just want an easy, feel-good read that has a cute sapphic romance.
The main characters are nice and likable, and as a result, the romance is super cute. Instead of the “one-bed” trope, Scott uses the “one car” trope that gives the characters time to really see each other. I do think they fell in “like” a little fast, especially since this is a toaster oven romance, but they both just turned 18 and I guess we all fell into “like” pretty quickly at that age anyway. There is lots of cuddling, kissing and such, and the characters talk about sex, but there are no explicit scenes and everything is pretty PG. Overall, the relationship is just high on the cute scale.
I do have to say that I found the beginning to be a little rocky. Sometimes when you read a YA, you can tell that it was written by an adult, well I was getting that vibe and I just thought the book was trying too hard at first. Luckily, Scott found her groove and the book got better the more I read.
There are quite a few conflict moments, and even some trauma, but anytime conflict popped up, it was quickly resolved. I found myself reading these big moments, thinking what’s going to happen? And I would not have to wait for an answer as the characters would handle it right away. Part of me didn’t like this as I was hoping for something emotional and deeper, but when I realized this really was a sweet and mostly feel-good type of book, it made sense that these conflict moments were resolved in such a fast way.
TLDR: This was a lighthearted, mostly feel-good read with a sweet YA romance. This was not a YA book that had a lot of emotion, angst, and substance, but a lot still happened that kept me turning the pages. I guess you could say that this is a YA romance that has a beachy read feel to it. As fun as angst and drama are, sometimes you just need something sweet to read and this book would be a good choice. 3.50 Stars.
An ARC was given to me for a review.