A heartbreaking and sobering read I rated 4.5 stars
Willa Parker was the least popular resident of What Cheer, Iowa and she is headed east to start a new life as per her famous genius mother’s wishes. Willa has no intention of fitting in at her new place, Pembroke as she does not plan to stay for long until she meets peculiar, glittering Remy Taft – the richest, most mysterious girl on campus and finds this may be a place where she could maybe, possibly, sort of fit in after all.
A great story about farm girl Willa becoming friends with a rich teen Remy. The characters are so different and well defined and the story blossoms as it focuses on such an unlikely friendship and real youth issues. Narrated by Willa (the protagonist) it feels as though Willa is talking directly to you as the reader. I found Willa’s ability to remain calm and strong during some very crazy events with her newly best friend Remy (who is a teen spiraling out of control) radiated through the pages. When Willa looks at Remy, she sees a girl who has everything yet for Remy, everything comes at a price and she feels her life is spinning out of control. However, Remy is one of those girls who simply doesn’t want to be saved – she is “a person with wings”.
This heartfelt novel explores the meaning of friendship, new beginnings, and the joy and devastating pain of finding home in a new place. It also explores the effects of what elicit drugs can have on close friendships. It’s such a moving story and you find it to be a tear jerker but you draw strength from strong characters to get to the end of the story. This is truly a book you just have to read for yourself to understand the feels of this book.
Special thanks to Harper Collins Publishers for sending me an Advanced Review Copy in exchange for my honest review.