To say that I loved this book is a giant understatement. It was exactly the book I was looking for—great theme (family, forgiveness, life’s curveballs) and it made me laugh which is always a plus.
I have to admit that I went thinking exactly where the story was going to go, but I was delightfully surprised by the adventure Jenn Bennett led me on. Were there familiar elements to the plot? Absolutely, but as I read I couldn’t help but feel how fresh it was in terms of characterization, plot and tone. I went in thinking it was a lighthearted read, and was immediately surprised—in a good way—by some of the more serious elements woven in this story. It gave the story a hidden depth that I found fit with the overall framework. Because yes, two kids are out in the wilds of glorious nature—what could go wrong, right? :)
You know what else I really loved about this book? It’s an awesome love story, sure, but it’s also about a family going through tough stuff. It’s about a teenager’s relationship with her stepmom (done so well), and it’s also a little bit about grieving. I’m actually quite amazed at how well the author managed to layer in all these nuances into the book. It truly enriched the story.
As a side note: the book does mention some heavier stuff, so I’d definitely go in remembering that it’s got it’s totally funny parts along with more serious issues. I’m trying to remain spoiler free but if you’d like to know what those are for triggering reasons, shoot me an email and I can let you know.
Some notable mentions:
- Friends to Enemies
- MAPS! SO MANY ILLUSTRATED MAPS
- A heroine who wears glasses (I loved this, ok?)
- FREAKING LENNON (I think he’s WONDERFUL)
- GLAMPING (I really want to go now)
I highly recommend this one! Seriously. I read it in one sitting.
Here’s the official blurb of the story:
In this romantic dramedy from the author of Alex, Approximately, a teen girl’s way-too-ordinary life is driven off the beaten path when she’s abandoned in the wilderness with her worst adversary—the boy who broke her heart.
Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.
But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.
What could go wrong?
With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.
And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?