Another wonderful Sarah Dessen book!
Sydney has always felt invisible. She’s grown accustomed to her brother, Peyton, being the focus of the family’s attention and, lately, concern. Peyton is handsome and charismatic, but seems bent on self-destruction. Now, after a drunk-driving accident that crippled a boy, Peyton’s serving some serious jail time, and Sydney is on her own, questioning her place in the family and the world. Then she meets the Chatham family. Drawn into their warm, chaotic circle, Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance for the first time. There’s effervescent Layla, who constantly falls for the wrong guy, Rosie, who’s had her own fall from grace, and Mrs. Chatham, who even though ailing is the heart of the family. But it’s with older brother Mac—quiet, watchful, and protective—that Sydney finally feels seen, really seen, at last.
This was a really good book and a fast read. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters, and I enjoyed the storyline. I thought that the main character Sydney was quite relatable, and the supporting characters were well rounded and unique.
To be honest, I haven’t especially enjoyed Sarah Dessen’s recent novels, but this one kept me reading. I wouldn’t say that it’s hands-down amazing, but it is a good book. My favorites will always be The Truth About Forever and Along for the Ride (with Just Listen making the top three).
I love that Dessen creates well-rounded characters with girls who face real life problems. I also like that there are strong and original supporting characters and the whole entire story doesn’t revolve around a boy.