Seventeen-year-old Hannah wants to spend her senior year of high school going to football games and Mardi Gras parties. She wants to drive along the oak-lined streets of Louisiana's Garden District and lie on the hot sand of Florida's beaches. She wants to spend every night making memories with her tight-knit group of friends.
The last thing she wants is to fall in love with a girl - especially when that girl is her best friend, Baker.
Hannah knows she should like Wally, the kind, earnest boy who asks her to prom. She should cheer on her friend Clay when he asks Baker to be his girlfriend. She should follow the rules of her conservative community - the rules that have been ingrained in her since she was a child.
But Hannah longs to be with Baker, who cooks macaroni and cheese with Hannah late at night, who believes in the magic of books as much as Hannah does, and who challenges Hannah to be the best version of herself.
And Baker might want to be with Hannah, too - if both girls can embrace that world-shaking, wondrous possibility. Contains mature themes.
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Intense, relatable, beautiful coming of age story
I got genuinely invested in each character and what they were going through. The character development made the book whole and full of substance.
I like that Hannah and Baker, while going through similar things, come to terms with who they are in very different ways. The sometimes tortured path they took was hard to see them go through, but it felt honest and real.
Piper Goodeve brought all the characters to life in such a way that was touching and memorable. Her narration truly added so much to the experience of loving this book.
I was moved by every part of the story and it will remain etched in my memory for a very long time.
- Kimberly Tibbetts
great story, well told
- Angela Stewart