I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Harlequin Teen on September 5, 2017
Genres: Romance, YA
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Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend, Sebastian, know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be one of opportunities and chances. Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian could never forgive her for what happened. For what she let happen.
With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?
Wow, what a powerful book! I am a big fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout, but was completely taken aback by this one. A very deep and powerful message that will resonate with any and everyone who has teens, works with them or even remembers being one. Lena is like many young women, she struggles to find her place among her community, has often complicated relationships with those around her, namely her father and her best friend Sebastian. These complicated relationships are put to the test after a tragedy that fractures what was assumed an absolute certainty.
What struck me most about this story was how an issue novel (teens and drinking and driving) was layering a somewhat complex topic without being overly preachy. As a person who works with teens exclusively, I’ve had a birds eye view to this very issue. Armentrout was able to illustrate this problem in a very respectful way while balancing other complex issues that young people face every day. Lena feels guilty for focusing on her budding romance with Sebastian when her friends have just died forcing her to deal with her complicated emotions but also about the now uncertain certainty that life as become.
This will definitely be joining my library in our realistic section and I think that it definitely deserves a read. If you find yourself or someone you know in Lena or want to tackle a issues novel that ultimately makes you think but also thankful then pick this one up!