My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, LGBT, Friendship
Junior Nattie McCullough is totally OK with her place in life: Latin whiz. Member of the school’s gay-straight alliance. Joni Mitchell superfan. Seventeen-year-old who has never been kissed. So when last summer’s crush and her former classmate—Young Lungs lead singer Sebastian Delacroix—comes back to town with his new hit single “Natalie,” she can’t bring herself to believe it could possibly be about her…could it?
Bring this book to the beach, you won’t regret it.
It’s a light contemporary romance story that does discuss serious themes from time to time. Nattie and her friends struggle to make this gay-straight alliance strong at their school and Nattie is proud some of her friends are gay or lesbian.
Though what is mainly on Nattie’s mind is the new song Sebastian—her crush—composed and sang at this mini-concert. Her name is mentioned, but still, she’s not sure it’s actually about her. Though she hopes it is.
I never liked Sebastian much. His song is not that great and I couldn’t stop imagining Dylan Marshall from Modern Family singing it to Haley and we all know how that relationship went.
The characters are very perky, which doesn’t make them seem all that realistic. I don’t trust characters or friendships that are seemingly or literally perfect, and Nattie’s friends are the best friends someone could have. And most events are unlikely to happen in real life, but hell, this is fiction, and one can be creative with fiction.
So I did like the weirdness a lot. I was hooked from the very beginning, with the mentioning of Nattie’s crazy dad, and throughout the story as more and more happened in Nattie’s life.
The romance is predictable to anyone, even those who do not pay good attention, because as we get to know Nattie, we realize what her choice will be. But I liked it. I prefer guessing and satisfyingly closing a book than being awfully shocked and disbelieving a revelation.
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