So many boys, so little time; what's a rock girl to do?
Music-obsessed Riley and Reid, a writer, are
shocked to find out that their fellow band mates, Lucy (Riley's once–best
friend and former confidante) and Nathan, have not only been secretly dating, they’ve
also been doing it. Feeling glaringly inexperienced, Riley and Reid decide to
keep a handwritten notebook—nicknamed the Passenger Manifest from the TV show Lost—chronicling all of their experiences
with love, dating and sex. To Riley's surprise, she becomes involved with three
guys: science-loving Garrick, who once dated a celebrity; Ted Callahan, her
longtime, irresistibly floppy-haired crush; and Milo, a fellow band geek and
tuba player. Riley and Reid carefully record every detail of their dating
foibles, but when the Passenger Manifest turns up missing, what are they to do?
Narrated mainly by Riley, the story provides small snippets of Reid's dating
life—and, regrettably, little else about him—in the entries from the Passenger
Manifest that appear between prose chapters. Riley’s approach to sex is a long
way from Forever…; losing her
virginity seems to be more an item on her to-do list than a milestone moment.
A not-so-fluffy chick-lit offering rife with angst, rock ’n’ roll and lots of kissing. (Romance. 13-18)