This is one of those books that looks like it might be fun and carefree, and instead, it hurt almost the whole way through. The main character is likable but confused about who she is and what she wants. She makes many mistakes throughout, and it is so hard to travel with her through all of those.
I just wanted to reach into the book a few times and shake some sense into her, so she could be happier and not go down paths that were only going to cause more suffering. However, that’s a silly wish, as nobody reached into my teenage world and shook any sense into me when it came to relationships. Some people just learn things in the hardest of ways, and others have to repeat mistakes a few times, before they figure anything out. That’s kind of what this story is about.
Perhaps what I found most compelling was the ways in which this story calls attention to the double standards that often exist between genders.