For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now... not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?
Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.
And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them...
Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction’s greatest writers.
I picked up this book because I really wanted to read something contemporary, which is strange because I’m never in the mood to read something contemporary! I had heard quite good things about this book, and I’ve read and loved some of Lauren Myracle’s past novels, so I thought this was the perfect pick.
The main character of this novel, Wren Gray, is the perfect child. She always does what her parents want her to and she does exceptionally well in school. She also hangs out with the more popular crowd. It’s Wren’s last year at school, and her parents really want her to go to this college, though Wren really wants to go internationally to help the world and volunteer with those less fortunate. She doesn’t know how to possibly tell her parents this, because her parents are meant to be pleased by everything she does, and she knows this will do the exact opposite. Since it’s her senior year, Wren finds that maybe she should branch out a bit, because she does always please her parents… maybe it’s time for a bit of a change.
Charlie Parker, a guy who hangs out with the less popular crowd, is absolutely amazed by Wren. He says that he has loved her since he first saw her, which Wren feels the same about him. One day when he goes to the hospital, he meets Wren there, who works part time as a volunteer. They begin talking and find that they both really like each other, and a relationship begins to bloom.
The only problem really was Starrla. Starrla is Charlie’s ex, though she seems to have just used him so that she could do whatever she wanted to him, though what Charlie felt for her was real, it seems as though she didn’t really feel anything for him, she just liked having him and using him. This is extremely difficult because even once Wren and Charlie get together, she sees what’s going on and tries to put a stop to it by getting in between them whenever she can. She was definitely my least favorite character, because she should’ve realized what she was doing to poor Charlie.
I really enjoyed this book, because I found it to be quite gripping for a contemporary. I thoroughly liked all of the characters and their backstories, so I’m glad that I decided to pick this book up for a read. Wren and Charlie’s relationship was very beautiful, and I loved that Charlie and Wren could really help each other with their lives and just always be there for one another. I’ll definitely be picking up more of Lauren Myracle’s novels in the future.
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