Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?
This is a story about mostly typical teenage girl life happenings, that’s told in a relatable, charming way. That features dogs, dogs and even more dogs. Andie becomes a dog walker after her summer plans go astray, she starts out doing it reluctantly then discovers that it’s fulfilling. She also meets a cuts guy, awkward and very nerdy guy, romance obviously follows. Their initial interactions are so awkward that I literally had to put the book down at one point. It was also really amusing and cute, especially when he first met her dad, this book had me laughing our loud a few times, that was one of them.
I definitely don’t love this as much as Since You’re Been Gone, the romance wasn’t as cute to me, and it wasn’t as relatable. Though it does feel for the most part realistic, and the parent relationship was much better. I did enjoy the friendship, I liked all of Andie’s friends, and how authentic the friendships felt. There’s a really good balance between the romance, friendship, and family relationship, nothing is overshadowed. The story is predictable, but that didn’t really lessen my enjoyment of it.
This is a long book it’s five hundred plus pages and it is a slow read, but it’s not often you find a long captivating YA contemporary. You could argue that some of the scenes are unnecessary, but I enjoyed all the conversations between friends, and even them simply hanging out by the pool. It depicted many mundane, happy moments and I really enjoyed that. This is mostly a light happy book about happiness. Finding what makes you happy, who makes you happy, and strengthening relationships.