I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Neighbors and best friends Paul and Felicia hoped they'd be friends forever. But as they change, so does their friendship. She shouldn't have kissed him...He shouldn't have liked it. Starting school changed everything.
I'm not really sure how to start this review because I don't really have strong feelings for it one way or the other. It was kind of a forgettable and lackluster read. There was a lot of diversity: Felicia is Haitian-American and Paul is half-Japanese and Buddhist. I liked the whole comic book neediness thing. I am not a huge comic book person myself, but it was a change of pace. The characters were fine and the secondary characters were fine and everything was just . . . fine. I didn't know whether this author wanted to make Paul and Felicia friends or more than friends. I kind of wish they would have just stuck with the friends thing. But stuff happens the summer they meet and their relationship and the timelines just move so quickly. They have this great summer together where they hang out and have fun and it's great. Their friendship turns into something more, but Felicia refuses to have anything to do with Paul, at least in a romantic sense. That's what annoyed me about this book: Felicia's big excuse for not wanting to be with Paul is because her mom didn't want her to date and she was afraid her mom wouldn't let her spend any time with Paul if she knew they had feelings for each other. The problem with that is her mom LOVED Paul and Felicia never, ever, ever tried to talk to her mom about anything. So it was just a bunch of useless drama. But then school starts and everything changes and they fight with each other over nothing. The pacing moved very quickly throughout the school year. It seemed as if weeks would pass by every other chapter and I would have to quickly come to terms with where Paul and Felecia were. That happened way too often. I did like that Paul was able to have such honest conversations with his dad about sex. That scene made me laugh. Unfortunately, this book just didn't do it for me.
Buy/Borrow/Skip: Skip this one.