Genre: Romance, Realistic Fiction, Chick-Lit
Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life.
Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now.
Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart?
I really liked that the author decided to write a story about the girl that wasn't the victim. It was the other girl's story and that was really interesting.
The premise of the story was really interesting. I liked that the plot was really unique and the author's writing style flows really nicely. The plot movement was also well-paced and the characters were different and funny. But I felt like I never really got into the book though and it predicable at times.
The protagonist of the story, Clementine was an interesting character. I liked that she knew what she had done was wrong and she wanted forgiveness. I also enjoyed that the author included the parental factor in the novel and how they wanted her to get out of this slump she had been in. Olive, her little sister was a comic relief and I liked that the connections between all of the characters were shown.
But as the novel went along, I really started to enjoy the story and the characters. I thought that the author did a good job with Clementine's emotions and feelings and the flashbacks really helped to tie everything together and explain more about Amanda and her relationship.
I really liked that James was able to see who the real Clementine was. I thought that the novel would end a different way but the author was able to tie everything up very nicely and I was able to see the real Clementine shine through and how it contradicted from who she was at the beginning. I liked the conclusion of the story and the novel was a good read. :)
Likes: Clementine, Olive, James, author's writing style, premise of the story, written from the other side of the story, the real Clementine, transition, the side characters, flashbacks, family element, conclusion
Dislikes: couldn't really get into the novel, some predictability, slowness in the beginning
*Note: This novel contains mature themes such as mild language.