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Released: April 19 2022
Genre: Young Adult
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers
“Sometimes, high school feels like a place where you can be whoever you want as long as it’s who you already were. When everyone here has known you since kindergarten, the you they expect is only the product of unconscious choices from when you were seven, or ten, or fifteen. The contours of a mold you didn’t know you were carving.”𝙒𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙒𝙞𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙔𝙤𝙪, Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
Another exceptionally easy five stars for the next #Wibbroka YA.
It never ceases to amaze me how these two can make me, at 30, connect with the innermost thoughts of a 17 year old, and yet…
This was a true coming of age story, following Siena as she navigates a seismic shift in the very fabric of her life. When her longtime boyfriend tells her he’s moving from Arizona to Texas right before the start of her senior year, and literal seconds before she’s going to break up with him, Siena sees this as her chance to branch out, break free from the chains her relationship has shackled her in, and hopefully allow their relationship to fizzle out naturally.
Only it doesn’t. And suddenly Siena finds herself falling for Patrick all over again.
“But memories aren’t enough to hold two people together.”𝙒𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙒𝙞𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙔𝙤𝙪, Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
The distance allows these two to find themselves outside of their relationship, but the more things change, it seems the more they stay the same. Watching Siena grapple with her new friends, new interests, new everything outside of her former life with Patrick, was STRESSFUL for me. Mostly because I can really step into her shoes, and remember what it felt like to be 17 and rolling with the punches of all of these major life changes. Of trying to find myself. In the end, Sienas realizes that maybe the thing that had been holding her back all along wasn’t actually her relationship, as she had thought, but herself. Both Siena’s AND Patrick’s character growth was
Also the Alison and Ethan cameo is officially my fave Wibbroka couple cameo EVER. I love them so much.
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