Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5
Genre: Realistic Fiction
What did you like about the book? Each chapter of the book is written in alternating viewpoints, switching between junior Mark and senior Kate. The book begins during San Francisco Pride Week, with Mark hanging out with his best friend and unrequited crush Ryan, while Kate is heading to a house party to meet, for the first time in person, her longtime crush Violet. Through a series of events that neither one wishes happened, Mark and Kate run into each other in the city, becoming fast friends. Over the course of the week, they support each other and encourage each other both in school, in art, and in their love lives. In addition to being a story of friendship, LaCour and Levithan also work in the fears teens face about going off to college, first loves, and friendships changing.
Anything you didn’t like about it? There is one event which requires some suspension of disbelief (Mark and Kate get an invite to a super exclusive party, the ‘how’ is slowly revealed over the course of the book), however overall this book feels very relatable for teens. Mark and Kate also connect as friends very quickly, however reflecting back on my teen years, I remember making friends in an instant so I do not think this is a negative part of the book.
To whom would you recommend this book? Fans of either author will enjoy this book, along with teens looking for a good book on love and friendship. Also recommended for seniors in high school, since many of the worries about college are addressed.
Who should buy this book? Public and high school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Young Adult fiction
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? This was a very fun read, and I truly enjoyed it, so I would recommend any librarian to move it to the top of their pile!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Bonnie McBride, Fenway High School Library, Boston, MA
Date of review: 11/01/2016