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.
Truth: I was jonesing for this book because the cover is gorgeous.
This book is deep, heavy, and utterly romantic. It is also rather pretentious and melodramatic. It chronicles the love story of Wren and Charlie. Both of them are so quirky, and the words are breathless an ethereal on each page. This is like the coming together of the ultimate MLD (mysterious loner dude) and MPDG (manic pixie dreamgirl).
Wren is naive and sheltered. Charlie is blinded and optimistic. Young love comes fast and deep, but I think it’d be foolish to expect them to live happily ever after. Many go to college and realize the world is so much bigger than they had known it to be. I wonder if going to Guatemala would do the same thing.
Both of these two are willing to give up everything in their lives for each other. Wren is willing to give up her hopes and dreams. Charlie is willing to give up his plans and his future. It seemed like he would’ve had to give up his family too, but luckily that turned out not to be the case (family is family, and they’re there for each other).
This book shares a dreamy, floaty summer romance. I had difficulty relating to Wren and Charlie. Many of Wren’s problems were “first world problems.” I’m glad everything tied up neatly though. Still, what would become of them? The story was left hanging and open-ended… perhaps to give the notion of an optimistically infinite future ahead.
- Forever – Judy Blume
- Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell
- The Truth About Forever – Sarah Dessen
- My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick
- Looking for Alaska or Paper Towns – John Green