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After my best friend spent a weekend reading Kasie West books, she sent me one of her favorites of the bunch. We read a couple of hers together prior to that, and she picked well again with one that exceeded expectations. This one made it to the number two spot of West’s work in my book.

This story starts on prom night, so it has me hooked by its first mention in the parking lot. After a stranger poses as the boyfriend who just broke up with her, Gia has to navigate sharing news of the breakup after the dance. Teen angst surfaces as it tends to do when anyone experiences a breakup, and Gia learns more about herself as well as her friendly stranger. Together they explore vulnerability and acceptance in friendship with each other and with their friend groups. I enjoy the story as well as the kindness of the characters and their friendships.

 

Further reading: My favorite Kasie West book is P.S. I Like You, and I recommend that as well as any of the others I’ve read. They make fun, quick reads but also share a sweet message.