“Impossible not to love.” —Rachael Lippincott, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Five Feet Apart
A wedding harpist disillusioned with love and a hopeless romantic cater-waiter flirt and fight their way through a summer of weddings in this effervescent romantic comedy from the acclaimed author of Today Tonight Tomorrow.
Quinn Berkowitz and Tarek Mansour’s families have been in business together for years: Quinn’s parents are wedding planners, and Tarek’s own a catering company. At the end of last summer, Quinn confessed her crush on him in the form of a rambling email—and then he left for college without a response.
Quinn has been dreading seeing him again almost as much as she dreads another summer playing the harp for her parents’ weddings. When he shows up at the first wedding of the summer, looking cuter than ever after a year apart, they clash immediately. Tarek’s always loved the grand gestures in weddings—the flashier, the better—while Quinn can’t see them as anything but fake. Even as they can’t seem to have one civil conversation, Quinn’s thrown together with Tarek wedding after wedding, from performing a daring cake rescue to filling in for a missing bridesmaid and groomsman.
Quinn can’t deny her feelings for him are still there, especially after she learns the truth about his silence, opens up about her own fears, and begins learning the art of harp-making from an enigmatic teacher. Maybe love isn’t the enemy after all—and maybe allowing herself to fall is the most honest thing Quinn’s ever done.
Having grown up with her family's wedding planning business, Borrowed + Blue, Quinn Berkowitz knows the ropes, including sanding the bridal party's shoes and how to play the harp. Too bad she doesn't know how to tell her folks that she's not interested in joining their business, or that her parents' six-month separation and subsequent failure to talk about it has made her doubt marriage, and love, altogether. In the summer after her senior year, white, Jewish Quinn, who has generalized anxiety disorder and OCD, also faces the return of a childhood friend, Egyptian American Tarek Mansour, whose family caters many of the weddings that hers plans. They haven't spoken since he left for college a year ago, after Quinn confessed her crush on him and then never heard back. The two eventually restart their friendship and more navigating food poisoning, wedding crises, and tension about whether a huge romantic like Tarek and a commitment-phobe like Quinn can make things work. Solomon (Today, Tonight, Tomorrow) shows how Quinn's brain can get in her way, expertly weaving anxiety and depression with the love and the pleasures and terrors of trying to find one's path. Ages 12 up.
This is not one of you typical rom coms! The plot line was good and interesting and kept reading! I would recommend to someone who is looking for a different plot that is not common.