Carly Vega and Arden Moss are complex characters in this "opposites attract" story. Since her parents have been deported to Mexico, Carly and her brotCarly Vega and Arden Moss are complex characters in this "opposites attract" story. Since her parents have been deported to Mexico, Carly and her brother work jobs in order to support their family, with Carly working a graveyard shift at a convenience store. To deal with a tragic loss, popular Arden Moss has decided to do anything to anger his father, which includes perpetrating pranks throughout the town. The two have never interacted, until an unlikely event brings them together. As Carly and Arden start to learn more about each other, and grow closer, the author begins to reveal more about the character's home lives, and shows that not everything is what it seems.
This book was an interesting read, and mixed very serious issues with a teen romance. Throughout the book, Carly is forced to evaluate the reality of her situation -- her family feels that school is not important, and that she should be working to help raise money to bring her family to the U.S. Arden is also forced to evaluate the choices he's made to cope with his tragic loss. While most of the book has a very typical teen romance feel, it also attempts to discuss aspects of alcoholism, human smuggling, the realities of immigration, corrupt police officers, and racism. While I admire the attempts of the author to cover this ground, there seemed to be a lot rushed and crammed into the end of the book.
Fans of teen romance will be happy to read this book. Recommended for grades 8+....more
I liked this book and will recommend it, but I just wanted more information about what was happening. I love the concept and hope to see more from thiI liked this book and will recommend it, but I just wanted more information about what was happening. I love the concept and hope to see more from this author....more
This isn't a typical girl-gets-cancer story, where it is all sunshine and rainbows, and everyone learns that life is precious and everyone comes out bThis isn't a typical girl-gets-cancer story, where it is all sunshine and rainbows, and everyone learns that life is precious and everyone comes out better for it. Told from Greg's perspective, we get a realistic view of how someone might deal with this type of event. Greg only starts hanging out with Rachel again because his mom finds out she has cancer, and makes him. Greg is not the best person in the world. He's just a typical high school student trying to get through his senior year. We don't learn much about Rachel through the book, which also adds to the realistic nature of this book. This book is about Greg and his feelings through this time of his life. He talks about his shortcomings and his guilt about the situation (guilt for not caring more, guilt for being unable to make her feel better). I will say that my favorite parts of the book included Earl. He was my favorite character, and I think that much of why I like this book has to do with Earl's speech at the end of the book. I won't give anything away, but it was a realistic slap in Greg's face about life and death and this impact it has on the people around it....more
I was really into this book until the love interest showed up. I love the concept and wished more had been developed, since there were several thingsI was really into this book until the love interest showed up. I love the concept and wished more had been developed, since there were several things hinted at (the surrogates' powers and their influence, the potential new rules for surrogates, the society itself, and how certain characters factor into the story), but I'm willing to see how book two develops the world. Hopefully, we'll get a bit more explanation. However, the love interest in the story just seemed to come out of nowhere, which was disappointing. Once the love interest was introduced, the story seemed to slow down for me. ...more