First Lines: The first day of senior year, he came back. I should have known it wasn’t over. Nothing ever is.
Hey guys! So, as I’m sure most of you can relate, I have a super long to-read list where a bunch of books that I really wanted to read eventually sort of get forgotten about. This was one of those. But when I saw it at the library, I figured this was as good a time as any to knock another off that long list.
The summer before their freshman year of high school, Kelsey and David were best friends. Inseparable. Until the night a misunderstanding happened and Kelsey became the school joke, crumbling everything at school including her friendship with David. When Kelsey’s parents mention moving, Kelsey can’t wait to start fresh somewhere new. But David wasn’t ready to let her go. Now it’s senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends in a new state and a hot boyfriend she loves. Everything’s going perfectly, until David’s family moves to the same town and starts at Kelsey’s school. Soon, old feelings resurface and threaten Kelsey’s new happiness. But the more time Kelsey spends with David, the more she realizes maybe she’s not over him either.
This was cute. It was a little heavier than I was expecting at times, but it was still cute.
I liked Kelsey and I definitely liked David. He was sweetness. Kelsey is a little bit of a hot mess, hidden underneath a glamour of makeup and nice clothes. When she last saw David, she was a completely different girl than she is now. She’s a bit broken inside without really knowing why. It was interesting to follow her journey.
As I mentioned above, this tended to be a little heavier than I thought it would be. There were mistakes all over the place, some with very serious consequences. There were also other heavy life topics that came up. Let’s just say Kelsey spends a lot of time crying in the book. But…it all worked. It didn’t feel overly melodramatic (it’s high school, so obviously there was some melodrama), and it had heart. Sometimes in unexpected places.
My one complaint though is that it didn’t have much of a conclusion. I felt like there were still some things that didn’t satisfactorily get wrapped up. And I personally don’t like when the falling action and resolution are basically simultaneous and only last about half a page. Call it a personal preference but I think it’s lazy.
Still, I’m interested to see more by this author.