I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.'89 Walls on June 5, 2015
College is not in the cards for Seth. He spends his minimum wage on groceries and fakes happiness to distract his mom from the MS they both know will kill her. It’s agony to carry around a frayed love note for a girl who’s both out of his league and beneath his dignity.
Quinn’s finishing high school on top. But that cynical, liberal guy in her social studies class makes her doubt her old assumptions. Challenging the rules now, though, would a) squander her last summer at home, b) antagonize her conservative dad, and c) make her a hypocrite.
Seth and Quinn’s passionate new romance takes them both by surprise. They keep it a secret: it’s too early to make plans and too late not to care. But it’s 1989. As politics suddenly get personal, they find themselves fighting bare-fisted for their beliefs—and each other—in the clear light of day.
’89 Walls was such a unique book; unlike anything I had read before. I flew right through it after about 40% because it was just that interesting.
Seth has had a crush on Quinn for the longest time, though she has a boyfriend. He ends up writing her a note in class and gives it to her, in which he professes how much he likes her. After a while, Quinn decides to break up with her boyfriend (who took the breakup seemingly well, if I do say so myself) and starts pursuing a relationship with Seth.
I loved Seth and Quinn together. Even though they were so different, I think they were good for each other. They each had what the other lacked, which makes a great relationship. However, at times they bickered a lot, which is bound to happen in a relationship. It was great that they always bounced back. However, if I was Quinn, I’d have a hard time forgiving Seth for some of the words that he used toward her at times.
I definitely enjoyed the political aspect of this. I took AP US History this year, so we learned tons about the Cold War, so I found the debates between all the characters regarding the Cold War to be really interesting because I actually understood what they were talking about. At the end of the day, it was great that Seth and Quinn could put aside their beliefs to see the person that they each really were.
I’d definitely recommend giving this book a read, as it definitely sheds some light on topics that would’ve been discussed in 1989!