Author: Janet Gurtler
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire, 283 pages
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue
When Morgan's mom gets sick, it's hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn't as far away as she thought...
Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue
Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan's getting to know the real Adam, and he's actually pretty sweet...in a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?
5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue
With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She's not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend...and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can't imagine living without.
I was disappointed in this book. I was expecting a road trip book, and there was one, but it was very short. I was expecting light and funny, with some romance, and while it had its moments, it was so issue heavy. The author tried to tackle too many things and ended up skimming the surface rather than going in-depth.
I did like Morgan's obsession with the number of Twitter followers and the fact that she was always on her phone. That felt real. She didn't do a complete 180 on it, but she did start to appreciate "real" friends.
"Real life doesn't always need to be posted online. I can remember the moment without a photo."
I liked Amy, who was a breath of fresh air. She had no filter, said whatever came to mind, didn't care what people thought, and was just an amazing friend.
"She's brave enough to be who she is. She embraces her inner weird and flies her freak flag with all she's got."
I liked Adam, who was a cute nerd who wanted to be a doctor. Definitely some sweet moments between them. I sort of wondered what he saw in Morgan, to be perfectly honest. She's basically a mess for the entire book and he's there for her, but why?
And then the ending…completely unnecessary. I didn't like what happened AT ALL, but mainly there was just no purpose to it.
*sigh* I haven't had the best luck with contemporary YA lately.
Posted by: Pam