Two teens on the cusp of adulthood find love in this British import.
Hannah and Sam have both finished their exams and are looking forward to spending their last summer before university with friends and pursuing the opposite sex. Hannah aims to lose her virginity with Freddie, an acceptably handsome classmate. Sam has spent the last year investing in a relationship that’s gone bust. Sam doesn't really know what to expect when his friends drag him to a party to celebrate the end of their exams. This party is where Hannah plans to hook up with Freddie, but circumstance puts Sam and Hannah in the same room, and thus begins a cumbersome courtship. In alternating first-person narration, the two move in and out of each other's lives for the next few months, the authors taking great delight in bringing them together only to pull them apart again. Hannah's perspective gives the book an emotional backbone with her evolving relationships with her circle of friends. Sam's provides most of the novel's humor, with welcome respites from Hannah's emotionally draining passages. The novel captures teen angst and lust, but it’s also funny, with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. Both teens are white, judging by the amusing jacket art that sets the tone for the lightly Americanized text.
An engaging and endearing story of what it is to find your place in the world and a person to share it with. (Romance. 13-17)