This book is a wonderful read that tapped into my imagination. I could see events play out in my mind's eye. I could feel everything the main character, Melissa, was going through. This book begged for my attention in such a way, that I couldn't put it down!
Ms. Quigley's characters were realistic, relatable, and well rounded. I enjoyed watching Missy and Josh's friendship grow and develop. There were also some moments I could relate with Missy, which made me appreciate the book more.
Another reason I'm so attached to this book is because it's set in Florida, which is where I grew up. Though, I didn't grow up on Anna Maria Island I did grow up near Tampa Bay. I moved away recently from my hometown, and this book gave me a happy at-home feeling that I've missed.
I'd like to note that to make this realistic, Ms. Quigley discussed some teens drinking, including the main character. There was also talk of drugs and overdosing. Nothing is explicit, but some things are implied. I don't disagree with Ms. Quigley's decision to include these things in her novel, because without them the story would seem too fake.
Right now, this book stands as one of my favorites. I highly recommend it to any teen girl.
Back of the Book:
For Missy Keiser,
returning to Anna Maria Island, Florida, means two things: her mother
made another poor decision with men, and Missy will have to reenter a
world where she’s known as “Messy,” a social pariah who dared to have a
crush on Sam King, the most popular boy in school.
But much has
changed in the three years she’s been away. Missy’s next-door neighbor
is no longer an elderly woman but Josh, an intriguing boy who seems
genuinely interested in her. At school, she’s surprised to find few
people remember who she once was. And any remaining taunts of Messy are
silenced when Sam King gives her his nod of approval.
things seem to be perfect, Josh’s sudden distance, her mother’s latest
relationship implosion, and her brother’s strange behavior threaten to
ruin it all. Missy is forced to decide between the boy she’s always
wanted, a boy who is intent on trying to save her, and the brother she’s
known all her life. And her decision could have consequences she can
I received this book from DJC Communications in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done.