304 pages, Hardcover
Received from Publisher
Young Adult Fiction
Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great.
Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her stepbrother...at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.
Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger's most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.
“Anger was less painful than abandonment.”
I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book. I rarely read contemporary and the author is just so incredibly young. I went in with all these judgments, but I really liked the premise. I found that those judgments were COMPLETELY unfounded. This book was amazing!
This book was so emotional for me. I cried several times during this book. Not sobbing, over emotional crying, but tears kept seeping out and I couldn’t restrain them. It just felt so relatable. I immediately texted my sister and told her she HAD to read this book.
Whitley is a mess. No one has taken a moment to say that they care about her and don’t want her to be doing these behaviors, so she acts out to the point of almost being an addict. She has so much anger that she is holding on from years past. She’s trying to drown this with alcohol and boys.
Thankfully, her father is getting married to a wonderful family. A family that sees her pain better than her own family. I’m so glad that the lessons sunk in and she was able to straighten up before college.
I don’t know! Just read it!
I'm a wife, student, and a dog-lover who reads when I should be folding laundry (bane of my existance), I write (rarely as academic papers consume my life), and love getting wrapped up in fiction.