Sorry, David Levithan (who called this novel ‘one of the best, truest teen love stories’) but I can’t agree with you on this one. It was not ‘true’ at all, unless you live in some high school musical romance story. Not that this is a musical of any kind.
I have no desire to finish this novel. (I doubt it would have got much better). There’s nothing particularly wrong with it. Well, except for passages like this:
‘She didn’t understand. Were they still fighting? She’d messed up last night, which was bad. But he’d messed up at least a little bit, too. They’d both messed up, but just now they’d both accepted each other’s apologies, and that meant everything was okay. Was everything not okay?’
(I mean…what is that. Sorry, Lauren Myracle, but…that is just so dumb.) I had an inkling from the start that I was going to find Wren incredibly annoying, and I did. I didn’t like Charlie much, either. They were both…kind of hollow characters. Myracle’s attempt to give Charlie’s a difficult backstory just didn’t pay off for me, and I found his relationship with his sort of ex Starrla (and Starrla herself) incredibly annoying.
Also, a lot of the novel is really…boring. I even found the sex scenes boring.
I guess I just don’t have much good to say about this novel. It’s fine if you want to read a cute, sappy romance, but I found it disappointing and uninteresting.