I had seen this one floating around the blogging community, and when I was in NYC, one of my friends was very kind and ended up getting me a copy.
In this romantic dramedy from the author of Alex, Approximately, a teen girl’s way-too-ordinary life is driven off the beaten path when she’s abandoned in the wilderness with her worst adversary—the boy who broke her heart.
Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.
But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.
What could go wrong?
With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.
And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?
I’m going to be 100% honest with you. I almost didn’t read this book. The fact that this is true hurts me so much, as the thought of not having absorbed this book makes me ache.
When I went into this, I wasn’t sure how I would like it. I feel I never read books where the focus is on a love interest. Usually the books I read the love story always is second to the main plot.
In the beginning, I was unsure what the author was trying to do with the whole thing with the main character’s ex best friend’s moms having a sex shop, etc. And at first I felt it was slightly awkward, but as the book progressed I started getting the flow and didn’t have an issue with.
My number one issue, if this is even an issue, is how many freaking times they say the word “glamping”. For some reason I feel if you were rich enough to go on one of these excursions, you wouldn’t say the word 10,000 times. But, like mentioned, this is something very minor that bugged me.
Zorie: I thought Zorrie and her situation (which you find out by the end of the second chapter), her cheating father and her basically having no dedicated friends after Lennon. She often talks about how her and Lennon used to be friends, and she mentions how they became enemies – everything centered around “The Great Experiment”. While, in the beginning this “Great Experiment” is more of a mystery, I felt Bennett did a great job of pacing in, slowly revealing the details of this. Overall, I felt she was a very relatable and well-rounded character, and I was rooting for her all of the way.
Lennon: I’m not going to lie. Lennon was my favorite of the two. The way they portray Lennon as the quirky, cool, yet kind of unpopular character was amazing and made me believe that I would actually be friends with him. And it, honestly, makes me sad that he’s not real.
I’m always scared that love stories in books are going to take the cheesy route, as a lot of them usually ride on the edge of almost doing that. But, Bennett manages to not even come close to that mark.
The story, altogether, is very, very good and had me swooning SO HARD and rooting for the love in this story. Five years ago, I don’t think I would have ever given a strict contemporary book like this a go, and I’m honestly so happy things have changed, because I just want to consume more like this one.
Basically, the hype behind this book is true. If you haven’t read this one, you should definitely consider it.
Buy the book here.
I have provided an amazing song that I feel is the perfect pairing with his fantastic book. This was originally shown to me by my friend Reaghan @ thats so reaghan.
P.S. Why does this band not have more recognition. Like…seriously…