This is truly a wonderful YA contemporary, coming of age story with a solid dose of the expected diversity, tragedy, grief, and romance. It’s well-written, with characters that show a lot of depth and growth. Perhaps the most interesting part is the complicated relationships between different characters.
The reason I can’t give this 5 stars is that I feel like I’ve read a hundred other different versions of this story, in this genre and category, in the past 2 years. That does not take away from the fact that this was still a beautiful and heartbreaking story, but it does raise the bar for stars.
I recommend it. I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t pick it up and read it again. So 4 stars.