Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: June 20th 2019
Publisher: 51 Square Press
Source: Obtained from Author
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
Adorable, G-rated, YA, romantic dramedy
Sixteen-year-old Via Mackenzie has despised her former friend, Hudson Trent, for the past two years, ever since he set her exhibit on fire at the school science fair during their freshman year in high school. She assumed he did it as a malicious act, dumped him as a friend, and has successfully avoided him ever since. Until now.
Via is stuck at a primitive, lakeside camp in a Southern California forest with her gregarious family, and learns to her shock that Hudson is staying there with his aunt’s family as well. It’s a small world, and a small camp. Via tries everything, including hiding in a tree, to stay away from Hudson, but when she falls from that same tree on top of poor Hudson and sprains his ankle, it seems like fate is conspiring to force her to break her vow to never speak to him again.
This is a very enjoyable, YA, romantic dramedy with a unique setting at a rugged, scenic, lakeside camping ground. There are many lighthearted moments in this story, but also some serious, personal-health and family-drama issues that Via and Hudson are dealing with.
I very much enjoyed not only the romantic protagonists, but also the various, colorful subcharacters, who are all very well drawn. Via’s parents, in particular, are lovely people.
The ideal for a romance novel is to convince the readers that two attractive, sympathetic protagonists are made for each other. I believe that this terrific novella definitely achieves that goal. I was cheering for Via and Hudson to overcome their differences and get together, and for all of their individual, personal problems to be either outright resolved, or greatly improved by the end of the book. I am delighted to report that this book completely fulfilled all my hopes. This adorable romance novel has a very satisfying HEA.
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I rate this book as follows:
Romance Plot: 5
Coming of Age Plot: 5
Family Drama Plot: 5