Plot: This novel deals with teenage parenthood, abuse, and death. I never realized how serious JLA’s books can be until I started this series. These are things that young readers deal with in reality, and it is important for that to be reflected in literature in a way that is sympathetic rather than filled with unrealistic dramatic angst.
Setting: This novel also takes place in Shepherdstown where the main characters attend university. I have no notion if this is a real place, but it is apparently in West Virginia.
Romance: This novel is another OTP between Tess and Jase. Both characters appeared in Wait for Me, so you’re rooting for them before you even pick up this book. This relationship does mimic Avery and Cam’s basic romantic plotline, but every relationship has obstacles and concerns until everything gets worked out.
Character Development: In this novel both of the main characters have baggage from their past and issues they need to deal with. They lean on each other and support one another through ups and downs, before realizing they are better people together.
Quote: I love you like I love cupcakes.
Verdict: It confounds me how JLA can deal with such relevant issues in a way that just works. I have read books that are too dark or too light, but this series —thus far— gets everything just right.