Using alternating points of view, Willey offers a compassionate story of love gone desperately awry. Overwhelmed by her attraction to new boy Lenny, Jesse manages to meet him-thanks to the encouragement of her best friend, Kay. A classic case of true love develops--but almost immediately Kay perceives that all is not as rosy as Jesse believes. Instead of heading for college, Jesse and Lenny begin secretly to live together. As both withdraw from the outside world, Lenny becomes wholly dependent on Jesse and starts to accuse her of betraying his love, while Jesse--recalling their earlier happiness--persuades herself that she is the only one who can save Lenny from his advancing depression. The downside of romance is not a pretty sight; but unfortunately Willey's story implies that no matter how brutal a situation, a guardian angel (Kay, here) will be standing by. Still, most of the story is carefully charted and enacted, giving this a true-life veneer; and though without the depth of the author's Finding David Delores (1986), it's involving enough to hold readers.