Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.
Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.
Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?
Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?
Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.
Okay so this was the first Sarah Dessen i have ever read, another first for this reading year and i must say before i thought all the hype is about nothing. Now i know i am wrong. I felt like it wasn't amazing but still really good, one thing i really enjoyed was her writing style. How she is very descriptive of everything, which some authors are not. So that was a plus a minus for this one at least was that i wasn't a fan of the ending, it was fair but nothing amazing like i had hoped it would be, not a happy or a sad ending more of a neutral one. Which i guess is okay just not my favorite kind of ending, especially when there was a couple of lose ends that i really hate having in any ending. But i guess people did say this was one of their least favorite books of hers. In the end i would recommend this to someone who is looking for some good teen chick-lit.