Nicola Yoon meets Jenny Han in a heated first-love romance about two teens who are torn apart one summer by prejudice and mental illness, and find each other once again.
Eighteen-year-old Devon longs for two things: The stars, and the boy she fell in love with last summer. When Ashton breaks Devon's heart at the end of the most romantic summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together. Now it's senior year and she's determined to enjoy every moment of it, as she prepares for a future studying galaxies. That is, until Ashton shows up on the first day of school. Can she forgive and open her heart to him again? Or are they doomed to repeat history? From debut author, Ronni Davis, comes a stunning novel about passion, loss, and the power of first love.
Filled with passion and conflict, Davis's debut novel, a modern Romeo and Juliet tale, traces the stormy relationship between a biracial girl, who dreams of being an astrophysicist, and a privileged white boy, who does not share his parents' values. Devon and Ashton, both 16, meet and fall in love on the beach, but the summer romance ends abruptly when Ashton disappears without saying goodbye. When he reappears a year later at Devon's prestigious school at the beginning of senior year, she is wary but can't deny her feelings for him. Soon, the two are a couple again, despite the objections of Ashton's wealthy, racist parents. Ashton's chronic depression, though, is an even greater challenge in the teens' relationship. After learning about his previous suicide attempt, Devon is terrified that Ashton will try again. Although Davis relies too often on clich d romantic dialogue and Ashton's parents come off as stereotypes of bigoted elitists, Devon's emotions and the representation of depression's symptoms and impact remain genuine. There are no easy answers given here, and an open ending will lead readers to imagine the future that Ashton and Devon might share. Ages 14 up.
The book was amazing you could feel every emotion and always wanting to read more