When relationships get complicated, Madison faces two choices: keep everything the same or risk everything for a chance at greater happiness.
Madison is good at keeping her life compartmentalized. She's got her mom, her friends, the hot guy, Zach, she chooses to hang out with, her mom's friend, Paul, who brings doughnuts whenever he visits—all these parts coexist in an orderly and satisfying way. But when pieces of her life overlap, things get crazy and amazing. She discovers that opening up to new experiences is worth doing, even if it is scary. The biggest risk is when the barista who makes her usual after-yoga chai drink becomes something more than a friend. Constantine returns to the scene of her first novel, The Promise of Amazing (2013), to explore the lives of different characters, all of whom fit into similar molds: cute, smart teenage girls with well-honed fashion senses and cute, smart teenage boys who shift easily between broody and romantic. She has a knack for believable romantic scenes with enough heat to stay interesting, but her characters rely too much on stereotypes and convenience to steer them down the well-worn paths of new love, love lost and family drama.
Romantic school dances, crooning live bands and plenty of cozy cafe time await those readers who crave easy familiarity. (Romance. 15-18)