DATE PUBLISHED: 26th May 2015
In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who seems to truly understand Eva’s grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head-over-heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness—and, perhaps, her shot at real love—Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the west coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love.
This is a book that took every possible turn on a road-trip across America. Starting off like a sweet contemporary romance novel, as the book progressed the romance element died off and it was more about growth, acceptance, family and friends. The messages are prominent ones that are positive in today’s society.
The book follows Eva who is a teenage girl in the throes of first love. When that first love moves across America Eva searches reasons to make a trip across America to see him. She drags along her friend. I found the concept to be a little unbelievable as I just could not conceive of someone finding a way from the East to West coast for a boy she has kissed a total of once.
The road-trip element of this book was more enjoyable and that was what I enjoyed about the book. The travel element and the concept of finding yourself in the journey was what I would have liked to have focused on for the duration of the book.
Overall, I would not recommend this as a romance book, however it was a good coming-of-age road-trip book. Know what you’re getting in for and you may just enjoy this book. The writing is rich and witty, interspersed with poetry.
Keep Calm and Read On,