When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn’t mess around. After all, she’s learned all there is to know from her mother, who’s currently working on husband number five.
But there’s something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy’s rules. He certainly doesn’t seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can’t seem to shake him.
Could it be that Remy’s starting to understand what those love songs are all about?
This book was recommended to me, and for the first chapter or so, I really wasn’t buying it. What the heck was my friend thinking? Why was Sarah Dessen such a big deal? What was wrong with me that I wasn’t in love already, dammit?
I’m so glad I stuck around and read on because it was amazing!
Remy (the MC) goes through a couple of guys during the course of the book, in a totally normal way. I loved that she was written as a completely normal teen with a shaky past when it came to guys, and she wasn’t treated like she was diseased. She acknowledged her past was pretty shitty but moved on from it and it was never made into a ‘huge deal’. And then Dexter came along and I fell in love with his curly hair, and loping walk. Those two were such perfect opposites they fit together seamlessly. Every scene with them together built up the next, and I was reading on obsessing over when he would next grace the pages.
I just wanted more of this:
Plot pacing and resolution:
As I’ve already said, the beginning took patience. There was a lot of character set up, and over-explaining of things that were obviously going to be important later on. But the two main plots–Remy and Dexter’s relationship, and her mother’s new marriage–carried you through the story. It was pretty obvious where both relationships were headed but the way they got there broke the predictability.
I loved how the marriage storyline wound up, and I really wish there had been more satisfaction with Remy and Dexter’s relationship. It ends, and there’s a sense of closure the the storyline, but I wanted Dessen to do SO much more with it!
This is the part that gets a huge thumbs up from me. The characters carried the story and the way Dessen played with conflict between the relationships was amazing. There were a lot of characters–way more than you’d expect–but even with the plethora of secondary character they were all fleshed out and discernible from each other. From Jess and Chloe’s rocky friendship, to Remy’s obsessive organisation, to her Remy’s mother’s multiple marriages and extreme hope that each one will be better than the next. The characters don’t only exist within Remy’s world. There is a real feeling that while you’re not actively reading about them, they’re just out there getting on with their lives.
I loved every one of them.
The only downer I can really mention is I wanted to see way more at the end from Remy and Dexter. To be clear, it wasn’t needed for the story to be wrapped up, but after all the waiting and build up I don’t think it’s asking too much to be thrown a few cute snuggles.