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Author: Nicole Williams

Publisher: Listening Library, 256 Pages, 2018


Reviewed by Gregory Arthur T.Masalon.

Jade believed she understood what she was getting into when she made the decision to spend the summer in California with her aunt. But she could not have been ready for Quentin. Jade hasn't been in the suburbs long, but even she is aware that her obnoxious (and obnoxiously cute) neighbour next door signals trouble. And Quentin won't go away after finding out that Jade intends to spend her first summer in America hiding out and reading books. Quentin is eager to give Jade days and nights to remember, so he sneaks away, stays up late, and even goes for a swim at midnight.

But despite their picture-perfect romance, Quentin constantly backs away when Jade approaches. Jade is desperate to learn the truth Quentin is keeping from her after hearing whispers about a dumped ex-girlfriend.

The beautiful young adult love tale and the witty and provocative banter between Quentin and Jade really enthralled me. I adored their sweet bond, which had a predictable twist. No one is ever too old to enjoy tales of first loves and innocence captured.

One character you can't help but love is Quentin. Even with his issues, he's the responsible green you'd want your daughter to meet and fall in love with.The conclusion may have been improved. However, I would have preferred to see a little more of what transpired or even an epilogue. I don't need to be spoon-fed a comprehensive finale. Despite that, it was a charming, simple read that I enjoyed.


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