One of my reading groups picked this book for the month of January, and I was a little hesitant at first. I hadn’t heard much about it, but I was anticipating it being a little too “teen” for me. To my surprise, I really enjoyed it. It was a light and entertaining read. Despite the high school vibes, I could really identify with Jessie. Sure, the ‘two hot guys fighting over me, the nerdy newcomer’ was a little cliche, but I found the mystery emailer intriguing. I also liked that the hot male role is also understood to be intelligent. I appreciated that his feelings were incorporated into the story line, rather than just the stereotypical high school male character with only one thing on his mind. I felt like there was a genuine connection between Jessie and our mystery man that was strengthened both through text conversations and in person. I felt that the way technology was used in this book mimics how it is actually used today, and it mirrors the reality of an online (or over the phone) relationship that we rarely see portrayed positively in media.
I give this book 4 stars. While this book doesn’t cross off anything for my reading challenges, I would definitely recommend it. It’s a light, funny, and sweet book that will tug at your heartstrings, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.