Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers
Release Date: December 22, 2015
***Received ARC through publisher’s Twitter Giveaway***
Summary: Can the best thing happen at the worst time? Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.
My Thoughts: I loved this book so much! Lucille struggled to support herself, take care of her sister , all while unraveling the mystery of where her mom went.
What really made this book stand out from other YA contemporaries I have read, was Estelle’s writing style! There were many quotes/scenes that had eloquent writing and really captured how Lucille felt and showed the raw reality of what this situation was doing to her!
However, along the way she learns to accept help from others like Digby, Eden & her other neighbors!
This book has many underlying messages about family, relationships and the strength we have within ourselves.
With that said, the unanswered questions we have by the end, like “Where is Lucille’s mom?” “Will Lucille and Eden’s friendship patch up?” in my opinion, strengthened this story! It showed that sometimes life isn’t always perfect, but that’s why you have to keep going and not give up when something brings you down!
This lyrical and thoughtful debut left me hopeful and eagerly awaiting what Estelle will be writing next. She is definitely an author to look out for!