✦ABOUT AMBER SMITH✦
Amber Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novels The Way I Used to Be, The Last to Let Go, and Something Like Gravity. An advocate for increased awareness of gendered violence, as well as LGBTQ equality, she writes in the hope that her books can help to foster change and spark dialogue surrounding these issues. She grew up in Buffalo, New York, and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her partner and their ever-growing family of rescued dogs and cats. You can find her online at AmberSmithAuthor.com
Chris and Maia aren’t off to a great start.
A near-fatal car accident first brings them together, and their next encounters don’t fare much better. Chris’s good intentions backfire. Maia’s temper gets the best of her.
But they are neighbors, at least for the summer, and despite their best efforts, they just can’t seem to stay away from each other.
The path forward isn’t easy. Chris has come out as transgender, but he’s still processing a frightening assault he survived the year before. Maia is grieving the loss of her older sister and trying to find her place in the world without her. Falling in love was the last thing on either of their minds.
But would it be so bad if it happened anyway?
✦ MY THOUGHTS ✦
Chris and Maia meet each other in quite unusual circumstances. Chris almost hits Maia with his car and ‘it’s not a big deal’. They don’t care about each other, but they feel some sort of connection. Somehow they always come back to each other. Unfortunately, Maia and Chris don’t understand each other because every single thing that Chris does, Maia reads it wrong. It’s like they two speak entirely different languages.
I see them suffer. I really feel sorry for Maia and her loss – it’s horrible. But I also understand Chris, he must feel bad too. Coming out as transgender must be difficult and I hate that he had to suffer earlier. I just wanted to hug them both and tell them that they are not alone in this world.
What I really liked in the book, was that when Chris and Maia started open up to each other. It’s like Maia is completely new person and Chris is not the same person either. Falling in love is not something we can choose, it just happens. And falling in love means believing in another person.. trust them. It also means being brave.
I absolutely loved this book and I highly recommend it to everyone. It’s well-written and its characters are just beautiful. This book helped me to understand that it doesn’t matter how different we are, we still live the same life. We feel the same. We laugh. We cry. And I think there’s nothing more beautiful than equality. I will definitely read more about transgender characters.
My rating: 4/5⭐