**This is more of a mini review**
Series and number: standalone
Number of pages: 435
Edition: ARC (received post-pub date)
Link to Goodreads page
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.
Rating: 4 stars
Date read: early August, 2013
Source: won giveaway on Mary Had a Little Book Blog (Thank you, Mary)
I want to keep this review short. There are times when a book just needs to speak for itself. I loved the characters (except for one) and familiar setting (which was from other Dessen books). I loved the focus on family and change. I loved the development of certain characters over the course of the story. And, of course, I enjoyed the style of writing.
I highly recommend reading this book, but not only this one. I suggest trying out a few of Sarah Dessen novels, and if you decide you like them, I would read them all. That's what I have done.