Author: Laura Nowlin
My Rating: 7.5/10
Summary (thanks Goodreads):
I wasn't with Finn on that August night. But I should've been. It was raining, of course. And he and Sylvie were arguing as he drove down the slick road. No one ever says what they were arguing about. Other people think it's not important. They do not know there is another story. The story that lurks between the facts. What they do not know—the cause of the argument—is crucial.
So let me tell you...
**contains tiny insignificant spoilers such as dialogue**
Okay, this book has everything. Swoon worthy boy, check. Shy, "getting to know herself" girl, check. Bad influences, check. Bitches you wanna slap, double check.
While I thoroughly enjoyed the aspect of the book that follows the main character and her struggles in starting high school, making friends and dealing with boys, the main MAIN MAIN MAIN reason I enjoyed this book so much was for none other than Phineas Smith. Oh, Phineas.
But honestly, it was worth the moments with Finny. He was so cute, so down to earth and shy, and he truly brought out the best in Autumn. We see their relationship in the past compared to the present, and throughout the book I was rooting for them to strive. AND THEN THE THING HAPPENED AND I DROWNED IN A RIVER OF MY TEARS. I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN TO IT'S IN THE FIRST GODDAMN CHAPTER AND IT STILL HIT ME OVER THE HEAD.
The major problem I had was the end, though. The last chapter. It was way too rushed, and it was a huge misinterpretation on how to handle loss. I won't say anything else without spoiling it.
The last half of the book really had me reeling, and to be honest I would love a companion novel about Finny and his point of view. I feel like I would have enjoyed that much more than this one because the only reason I loved it so much was for Finny.
This book is a great coming-of-age novel and the main character learns many lessons that girls going through high school will likely endure. Plus FINNY