By: Julia Day
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Together is somewhere they long to be.
Ash Gupta has a life full of possibility. His senior year is going exactly as he’s always wanted-- he's admired by his peers, enjoying his classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. There's only one obstacle in Ash's path: Eden Moore—the senior most likely to become class valedictorian. How could this unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the wrong side of the tracks stand in his way?
All Eden's ever wanted was a way out. Her perfect GPA should be enough to guarantee her a free ride to college -- and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is a bitter rivalry with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks. . . When Eden ends up working with Ash on a class project, she discovers that the two have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream -- one that feels within reach thanks to their new connection. But what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?
Sometimes succeeding in life and moving on from your small town is important, but sometimes it’s the experiences you have getting there and letting people in is what matters more. This story was charming and addicting, Julia Day did a remarkable job telling the story of Eden and Ash. Both fighting for the same goal in life, to get out from under their parents and their current lives, both extremely smart and determined.
This story is told through Eden’s point of view, she considers herself to be trailer trash, and not worthy of any friends or anything else really. The only thing she is determined to do is go to college and finally be able to get out of this small town and the reputation she was given to because of her mother’s actions. It was very interesting watching her grow as a person and finally letting people in, although if they were anything like Mundy, she really didn’t have a choice. Mundy was a very curious character who is very out there and honest, she was delightful.
We also meet Ash who is really Eden’s rival, they are 1 and 2 in their class and are always in competition with one another. He is described as quite a handsome boy and not only that, but he is also Indian, which is not a background you normally see in YA books so that just made him even more interesting. There were a lot of mentions of racism and people not approving of their potential relationship because she was white and he was Indian, but they complimented each other so well. Ash helped Eden come out of her shell more.
Their relationship was innocent, simple and adorable to read about. Their friendship grew, sure there were moments I was mad at them especially Ash for being so stiff, but it’s who he is and just made the book that much better. There were a lot of different story lines in this book, not only with friendship, rivals, and school but there were also parents, death, autism, and bullying and life changes. This book had me going to the very end it was too good, I didn’t want it to end honestly. I wouldn’t mind reading this book from Ash’s point of view that should be even more exciting.
The cover is charming and attractive, absolutely something I would pick up to read more about. This book is great especially now that school is very much in the near future. Perfect for those overachievers wondering what can change in their lives. Overall this book was addicting and I loved the different plot lines, I think Julia did an amazing job bringing these characters to life and showcasing another stereotype and the idea of different races getting together into the light more. It happens, and it’s okay because in the end we are all people. It’s how you react to that which matters most. I loved reading their struggle and their triumph. Great book, go make sure you pick it up and read it!
I received this book from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press/St. Martin's Griffin, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!