If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.
Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.
Skylar wants a different life than what most girls in her small town end up with. She works at a boring job that doesn't earn her much, but helps motivate her to save enough to go to art school. Her best friend has already had a baby and seems stuck as a single, struggling mom. When Josh walks into the motel Skylar works at she doesn't know quite what to think. Josh no longer has his leg courtesy of the War in Afghanistan. He is bitter and withdrawn. The two begin as acquaintances, but have the chance to become much more to each other.
I thought Skylar's character was so-so. She has a chip on her shoulder, but she also has the drive to do something with her life-which I admire. Josh could definitely be more polite or kind, but I understand that attitudes change when you lose your leg in a war. I liked how the author portrayed these two characters as helping each other and needing each other for different reasons. This book is a good reads for young adult/teens.
3 1/2 Stars
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