First Lines: The Mitchells’ backyard was packed, full of recent and not-so-recent grads in various stages of party decay. The girls leaned against one another, wilted flowers that looked on while the guys got louder, sweatier.
There comes a time in every reader’s reading cycle where you just go, “You know what? I need something…different.” This became that book. It looked like it was going to be a little edgy and a little more…real than a lot of other books I’ve been reading lately. (I’ve been on a romance spree lately, hence the few posts lately.)
All Skylar has ever wanted is to escape Creek View. If she doesn’t, her future is sure to include a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and a minimum wage job for life. All Skylar needs to do to escape is get through this post-graduation summer working at the local motel. That is until her mom loses her job and suddenly that escape looks too far away to be a reasonable goal. Everything she’s ever hoped for is now in jeopardy. Josh Mitchell has already lost everything. A Marine home from Afghanistan after losing a leg, Josh’s dream of being a career in the Marines is shot. Stuck in Creek View with few prospects for the future, Josh is stuck thinking about everything he’s lost and the memories he can’t escape. All he has is his job at the Paradise Motel–where Skylar works. What starts off as a friendship slowly turns into something more…but is that something more worth it?
I always love reading something by an author I’ve never tried before because I never know what I’m going to be getting. It’s like a lovely surprise.
The story quickly becomes kind of edgy. In Creek View, practically everyone Skylar runs into his poor and lives in a trailer home. (The Mitchells don’t, but they truly seemed to be the exception, or at least the rarity.) Everyone seems to be trying to escape this nowhere town. And Josh’s military nightmares constantly show up to show you just how rough war time can be on soldiers.
The plot was interesting and moved along at a good pace. There was always something happening, whether it was Skylar dealing with her money/mother issues or Josh’s PTSD. There was always something that made me want to keep reading.
The characters kept the story interesting as well. While Skylar is our narrator, I definitely got the feeling that this story was about Josh, something that I was a-ok with. (Or it could be that I connected with Josh more than Skylar, I don’t know.) Skylar sells sass like it’s her job.
This was a good read. While it didn’t blow me out of the water, it was interesting and real. (I hesitate to say “fun,” but it was that too.)