In the tradition of Sarah Dessen, this powerful debut novel is a compelling portrait of a young girl coping with her mother’s cancer as she figures out how to learn from—and fix—her past mistakes.
Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.
Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.
While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.
As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.
In this honest and affecting tale of friendship and first love, Emily Martin brings to vivid life the trials and struggles of high school and the ability to learn from past mistakes over the course of one steamy North Carolina summer.
Seventeen-year-old Harper Sloan made a lot of mistakes during the past year, and she keeps making them now that summer has started. Word has gotten around that Harper likes to hook up with boys, and she keeps getting entangled with guys who are bad for her self-esteem and her reputation. Then Declan, Harper's ex and first love, returns home from boarding school for the summer. Harper still longs for him, but life has been hard (she got kicked off the swim team, her mother has breast cancer), and she can't seem to make the decisions that will get her back to where she wants to be. In a story about forgiveness and survival, debut author Martin takes on tough issues like the fragility of girls' reputations and the fear of potentially losing a parent. Martin gives Harper a lifeline in Declan, who shows himself to be smart, supportive, and loyal. As these two teens find their way back to each other, readers will hope they can also find something resembling a happy ending. Ages 14 up.
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The Year We Fell Apart
I read this book in less than a day. It is full of humor, wit, compassion, and love. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the romance genre, as well as relatable, funny, or sweet stories. I LOVED IT❤️