“Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends their entire lives. Cath would help Scott with his English homework, he would make her mix tapes (it’s the 80’s after all), and any fight they had would be forgotten over TV and cookies. But now they’ve graduated high school and Cath is off to college while Scott is at home pursuing his musical dreams.
During their first year apart, Scott and Cath’s letters help them understand heartache, annoying roommates, family drama and the pressure to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. And through it all, they realize that the only person they want to turn to is each other. But does that mean they should be more than friends? The only thing that’s clear is that change is an inescapable part of growing up. And the friends who help us navigate it share an unshakable bond.
This funny yet deeply moving book–set to an awesome 80’s soundtrack–captures all the beautiful confusion and emotional intensity we find on the verge of adulthood…and first love.”
-Synopsis taken from Goodreads
Hey guys! Meaghan here again! While I wasn’t exactly planning on finishing this book tonight, something tugged me towards continuing it, and I am so glad I did! Review below!
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
“You can always come running to me.”
Stars (Out of 10): 10/10 Stars
Overall Thoughts: I am still high on the emotions that this book gave me, so I apologize if I may sound a bit more rambly than usual. I try not to give out 10 stars too often (maybe sometimes approaching it with a 9.5 or so), as I want to reserve that distinction for the books that will always remain with me, but I just had to give all those stars to this book. The characters were ones we could relate to and fall in love with, the plot was extremely realistic while still being extremely heart wrenching and entertaining, and the build up to the ending was unlike what I usually see in YA contemporary novels. It felt so much more mature than the constant sexual tension we see in most other contemporary books, and I think the “distance” we have from the characters definitely allows us to fully understand both of main characters. The way it was written was also so unique too, and I definitely felt two different personalities in the writing, rather than both of them sounding extremely similar.
SPOILERS BEGIN HERE
The Good: Can I just say everything? The plot was intriguing, the characters were fantastic, and I absolutely loved the ending. It wasn’t until 98% that the true love was finally revealed, and oh how it was worth it. I started guessing when I read the lyrics to “Um”, and was just holding my breath through those last few letters. It surpasses almost every other YA contemporary novel in the way it handled the relationship, and allowing us to see them as friends first, helping each other through problems regardless of distance and other relationships.
The Bad: The only bad thing about this book is that it wasn’t long enough.
The Characters: I loved the characters so much, and how they blended together so well. I also loved how both Scott and Cath had their own groups of friends as well, rather than them being alone except for each other that often happens in YA novels, as they try to shine all the light on the couple. We saw true fights between the two as they struggled through their own problems, and the trouble of miscommunication through letters sometimes, and the waiting between each one. It felt so utterly real compared to some of the YA contemporary books I’ve read recently, and that was one of the many
The Plot: Did I say I loved this already? It had me captured at every moment, from Cath’s dad’s affair, to the death of Scott’s dad, to Scott actually going to college, and all the relationship drama between them all. This author took normal problems and brought into a new, much more personal, light, and hard thing to do considering we were never once in the character’s thoughts and heads. I also felt that the plot and information we were given was a lot more structured and meaningful, since we only heard about all the interesting things they were telling each other, with no words being used on things that weren’t necessary.
The Favorite Character: Do I really have to pick between Cath and Scott?
Buy it, Borrow it, or Bin it: Buy it!! I know I will be getting the physical copy once this book is released!