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Tyson and Brooklyn have been friends for years, but lately, they’ve noticed some changes. As they grow older, they find their attraction building. Their friendship used to be platonic, but now Tyson can’t just stand by while Brooklyn is on a date with someone else. Neither one wants to risk their friendship, but their other friends can’t deal with the tension anymore and push them together.

Their relationship is off-the-charts great, but that doesn’t mean that their lives are perfect. Tyson’s family life leaves a lot to be desired, and he spends more time functioning as a stand-in for his father than as a teenage boy. Brooklyn’s mother died when she was young, and while her father has stepped up to fill both roles, she wonders how her life might be different with a mother to confide in.

I thought that the story here was really great. I do love my friends-to-lovers stories, after all. I also enjoyed getting to know Tyson’s brothers. Tyler is a lot to handle, but once we learn more about his experiences, we see why. Thomas was a great character, but I did feel that his perspective was a little out of place here. I don’t think that his chapters were 100% necessary.

The biggest reason for my three-star rating was the writing. It was just off. The characters don’t sound like teenagers. Nobody sounds natural. There’s a weird lack of contractions, which makes everything sound very stilted.

But still, a good effort and a nice escape for a few hours. I’d call it more young adult than new adult, but that’s fine.

Thanks to Netgalley and the author for the ARC!

Final rating: ★★★☆☆

For my 2016 reading challenge, I’m crossing off #9: a book with less than 150 pages.  (This book is 134 pages according to Goodreads.)

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