Summary: Julian, a closed-off freshman with the anxiety of twenty, and Adam a popular, yet caring and warm-hearted senior, cross paths again. Despite Julian's desperate attempt the avoid the school counselor, whom Adam is temporarily job shadowing, they reunite in a rather surprisingly friendly manner. As their friendship begins to blossom, Adam realizes there may be a few things Julian isn't telling him.
(Favorite Character) Although Julian warms my heart a thousand times over, Adam blew my mind countless times and therefore, I dignify him as my absolute favorite character. In quite a few scenes, Adam has the largest opportunity to be, well basically, a senior. Many of Adam's friends are bitter and arguably irresponsible, while Adam is protective and reassuringly brotherly. Throughout the entire novel, Adam has nothing but Julian's best interest at heart, creating an adult-like quality that is portrayed constantly.
(Author's Purpose): Obviously, no one can tell you the author's purpose but none other than, the author. But we can sure try! From my point of view, the main message or moral was the trust and importance of friendship and its everlasting qualities. While that is quite a mouthful, it's a simple and extremely effective idea. As Julian's mind was molded into thinking certain things are something that they are not, his new found friends saved him from a life of danger and misconception. Sometimes the relationships that we form and create dig us out of a hole we never knew we were in, and that is what I believe the author's purpose was.
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Recommendation: I would absolutely recommend this book. The beginning was not painfully slow, as are others, but rather mysterious and captivating. The conclusion is by far the last thing you would expect (in a good way, I swear!), but comes to a satisfying ending that does not leave you begging for more questions that more often than not, you won't ever receive the answer to. I would mainly recommend the novel to young adults and adults who are looking for a realistic fiction novel that you don't find reluctant to pick up every day, but exciting. With every bone in my body, I rate this novel 5 stars! Wonderful book, Robin Roe!
Published By: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: January 17, 2016
Genre: Teen Fiction
Age Range 12-18 years
Review by Mia O.
*Our class received an ARC of this book to read/review from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.