Summary from Goodreads:
From the author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions.
Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and house cleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.
I started reading this book with high expectations, because the author wrote My Life Next Door which was really good, and I was not disappointed.
I'm a big fan of novels that take place in small beach towns for some reason, Sarah Dessen has quite a few of those, and in this novel the main character lives on Seashell Island and want to leave badly.
I really connected with Gwen Castle, awesome name, whose POV we follow throughout the whole book, which is nice because I'm getting a little sick of the duel or more POVs in recent YA fiction. She is being taunted by the other kids in her own, mainly the teenage boys, because she made a few mistakes, but in the end she always has a witty comment or biting remark for those stupid guys, which I loved.
The love interest, Cassidy Somers, thankfully is not like those boys, instead he a really nice guy, and it was refreshing to have a love interest in a YA novel that I really liked, thank you!
The story of the two main characters, present and flashback, is so well done! And it has you rooting for Cass the whole time. :)
The only sad thing for me was the fact that I wanted even more once I finished reading, and I've already read both of her YA contemporary novels. :(
I recommend this book to people who are fans of Fitzpatrick, her writing is brilliant. And for the newbies pick up this book during the summer and experience the beach town and witty romance that will bring a smile to your face.
My Favorite Quotes:
"But Alex...he's looking at me with absolutely no acknowledgment on his face, like I'm some random side dish he didn't order and is wondering how to send back." Pg. 96
"Dressed-up Cass is like a creature from another planet. One I want to colonize. Oh, God, please stop." Pg. 99
"Cass grins, dimples grooving deep. I suppress a strange urge to dip my fingers into them." Pg. 113-114
"Dad's leaving removed a buzzing tension from the house, like a downed wire that might be harmless but could suddenly shock you senseless if you tripped over it." Pg. 120
5 Stars Out of 5 Stars