Cover Love: I do love this cover! I love that it celebrates the friendship that is a focus of the book rather than the romance.
Why I Wanted to Read This:
I have had this as an ebook for awhile, but hadn't taken the time to read it. Then this week, this book was available during my library's book fair. Everyday I would pick it up and read a little bit. Finally I just gave in and read it all! Here's the synopsis from Good Reads:
It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.Romance?: Yes!
On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?
Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger? Um...
Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go skinny-dipping? Wait...what?
I liked the romance in this book, but the memories of Sloane and Emily's friendship is really what drives this book. Emily is so sure she is lost without Sloane, but when she opens herself up to a world without Sloane she learns she is not lost, she is fun and worth knowing.
I liked how the author kept the story fast paced and moving forward, giving us new characters and giving Emily new experiences, yet slowly doling out information about Sloane. Sloane was the catalyst for Emily's story, but she wasn't the focus. The book really focused on friendship.
I didn't love the absent parent aspect, why do young adult books always have to invent a way for parents to not be present? Although Emily's parents are around, they aren't available. But, they don't sound like horrible parents, just really caught up in their work. I think this story would have been fine if they had been present, just working normally.
The author did a great job of giving us a picture of the girl Emily was before she met Sloane and the girl she thought she became when she had Sloane with her. Emily had no confidence or strength of character on her own, she thought she got it all from Sloane. She did a great job of taking steps to realize she was strong on her own and she was also different than Sloane. She didn't need to be a copy of her.
I adored Frank! Perfect book boyfriend and one that I was glad to see developed a friendship with Emily before it went anywhere.
To Sum Up: A great summer novel about friendship and romance. Fun read!