From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places comes a compulsively readable novel about a young woman determined to write her own story--sex, heartbreak, family dramas, and all.
"A coming-of-age story that will make your heart ache." —PopSugar
With high school coming to an end, Claudine Henry is focused on four things: sex, starting college, becoming a famous writer, and... sex. But when her parents announce they're splitting up, her entire world begins to fall apart. The epic road trip she planned with her best friend is cancelled, and she finds herself stuck on a remote island off the coast of Georgia with her mom - an island with no WiFi, no cell service and no friends.
Until she meets the free spirited, mysterious, and beautiful Jeremiah. He infuriates and intrigues her. Their chemistry takes her by surprise, and when Claude decides he should be her first, she tells herself it's just sex. Exactly what she wanted, right? They both know that what they have can't last forever, but maybe the time they have can be enough.
Claude's family is a perfect unit of three, until, on the verge of her high school graduation, her parents tell her that they're splitting up. She's already filled with uncertainty will she and her best friend, Saz, stay connected after school ends? Will she lose her virginity? Become the writer she wants to be? and now the floor feels like it's been pulled out from under her, even more so when her mother whisks her to a remote island off Georgia's coast ("This is what it feels like to be exiled"). There, Claude tries to imagine being brave, even as she begins a potentially risky and exciting relationship with handsome, nature-loving Jeremiah, called "Miah." Niven (Holding Up the Universe) describes this as her most personal novel, which comes through in both the book's flaws and its strengths. The story begins slowly, and Claude's torrent of emotions wanting and not wanting Miah, hating and not hating her father, loving and resenting her mother and best friend can feel overdescribed. But Niven intimately and sensually depicts Claude's determination to know herself and her body, and to genuinely connect not just with Miah but with herself. Ages 14 up.
Definitely broke my heart a little but it is such a good book and changed my view on teenage love :)
This book is absolutely breathtaking!!! I’ve never read love like I have in this book, it’s so passionate and raw, you can literally FEEL it. The characters are honest and beautiful each in their own way, as a senior in high school I don’t think I’ve ever related to a book more. It teaches you the beauty of relationships and to live in the now! I’m just so thankful to have read it at such a confusing and stressful point of my life, reminding me to live for me and follow my dreams and love!! I’m in control of me and this book continuously emphasizes that which is beautiful.
It was just okay.
I’ve definitely read better love stories. I would most definitely watch this if it was a movie but I found myself skipping through parts and just reading dialogue because it just wasn’t that great.