There’s more than one way to get the girl in this fun and fast-paced novel about one epic party and a kiss that could change everything.
Tonight’s the night: Simon’s big chance to finally get with Cassie. Cassie, who he’s loved for ages. Cassie, who is newly boyfriend-free. Cassie, who just happens to be throwing the biggest party of the year. Simon’s plan is simple: He’ll go to the party, she’ll fall in love with him, they’ll make out like crazy, and the night will be a complete success.
But things don’t ever go as planned…especially when it comes to Cassie.
In two alternating plotlines, Simon goes after the girl of his dreams and stumbles toward his destiny. It’s one night, one party, and a thousand ways for things to go wrong…but a million ways for them to go right.
Pity 17-year-old Simon Cross: he's spent his high school years pining for gorgeous Cassie Castillo and, apart from one confusing date, she's remained out of reach. But now Cassie is single, not acting like herself, and throwing a rager of a party. Reluctantly helped by his best-friends-turned-boyfriends, Coop and Ben, Simon is determined to kiss Cassie and reveal his feelings for her. Hutch-inson (The Deathday Letter) splits the alcohol-drenched evening into two alternating narratives. One, labeled "Living the Dream," casts Simon as a quasi-heroic figure, facing school bullies and jerks (and Cassie's ex) as he pursues her; in the other, "Reality Bites," Simon meets a quirky girl named Stella who helps him plot his kiss. Hutchinson doesn't push the differences between Simon's real and imagined versions of the party all that far, and it can be difficult to track which conversations and misadventures take place where. The raucous party antics and bawdy banter provide laughs, but the overlap between the threads somewhat defeats the purpose of the conceit, as both paths basically result in the same outcomes and realizations, albeit in different ways. Ages 14 up.