Author: Nicole Campbell
Due to mature themes and moderate language, this novel is intended for readers ages 16+.
Courtney Ross has lived her whole life doing everything by the book. She’s a top student, the captain of the cheer squad at her Scottsdale high school, and a nervous wreck most of the time. For summer vacation before senior year, she finally has her chance just to relax. She will be spending it with her best friend, Vanessa, in her tiny hometown of Gem City, Ohio. Courtney’s hoping for a chance to breathe, and maybe even for some of Vanessa’s carefree nature to rub off on her. What she doesn’t expect is Ethan Fisher. Courtney knows she’s in trouble the minute she sees him holding a guitar at her “Welcome Back” party. Her instincts prove to be correct as she gets to know him, and she finds her head spinning. What will this mean for the girl who always plays by the rules?
In her first full-length novel, Nicole Campbell delivers a perfect beach read for the more mature Young Adult crowd. Readers will re-live their first relationships (the good, the bad, and the overwhelming), or imagine the spark of what the future might hold in this story full of the type of intensity only found in young love.
Nicole Campbell is a beautiful author. First of all, I absolutely loved the title of this book even though it is quite long. It just added a unique spice to the story that she created, and I felt that her writing transported me back to my high school days and the childlike wonder that comes with being a young adult. I enjoyed how her novel followed a girl who is trying to come out of her shell and ends up falling in love. I am a strong believer that young love can mold and shape you, and Campbell portrayed this perfectly in her novel.
One of the most unique aspects that Campbell included in her novel were songs linked to each chapter. She herself has a YouTube channel that contains all of the songs that she linked to each chapter, and I think that the songs did help to visualize the story better. I think that this novel is perfect for the older young adult crowd, and for those who are ready to move on from the younger young adult scene. Her writing reminds me of the great Sarah Dessen, and I admire how well she grasps the age range of her characters and her audience. She writes with ease, and I ate up her novel very quickly.
If you are looking for a novel to present to older young adults, or to read yourself, then this is the one for you. It is one of those sweet novels that I love to read on vacation because of its simple attitude, and it was nice reading a contemporary novel that is so realistic and relatable in the way that the characters weren’t perfect or too far fetched for the reader to relate with. I think that this book will allow readers to not feel so alone, and a book like this is the best companion for lonely nights.
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