Now this is romance! Meet my newest book boyfriend, Carter, and, yes, I’m willing to share him with you. Tall, dark and handsome – check. Willing to take a girl on a motorcycle ride – check. Knows how to melt a girl’s heart with a few words and a kiss – why, yes, yes, he does! Carter is the best romantic interest I’ve read in a long time, and if you are looking for a sweet but conflicted love story this is your book.
I don’t give a lot of five star ratings to contemporary YA fiction, but this one definitely deserved it in my mind. This is another Bloomsbury Spark book, which means it is only available in ebook format, but it is under $4. It is certainly worth that, and it is as good as any of the current round of ebooks going for $10. I hope Bloomsbury will consider printing it because it is one I would love to have in our classroom library.
Robin, a passionate musician, falls for Carter, a profoundly deaf teen visiting her small town for the summer. It is instant chemistry, but for a boy who just wants someone to love him the way he is and a girl who lives to share her music, chemistry may just not be enough. Summer fling or life changing encounter? This was one of the most interesting conflicts I’ve ever read in a YA contemporary romance, and it is a sensitive and thoughtful introduction to the deaf community that will definitely encourage understanding and empathy for both hearing and deaf readers. I was particularly impressed that this story showed how both the hearing and the deaf could feel left out by their inability to communicate. It made it clear that being deaf in a hearing world was lonely, but being able to hear in a deaf world can be just as isolating. As far as actual structure, this is a dual narrative shared between Carter and Robin, and though I’m not a fan of those because so many writers don’t understand how to use it effectively, this book is the perfect example of how they should work. The events don’t overlap and the change in narrator serves to give important insight into each characters thoughts, feelings, and experiences – thank you! I was equally invested in both Carter and Robin. This is a fast and easy read that I tackled in just a couple of hours, and it is well paced to develop both the relationships and the conflicts. While I wasn’t always pleased with the ups, downs, and resolutions, they felt realistic and honest. I think YA readers of all ages will enjoy this romance.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.