When I started this book, I had low expectations about it, I had not heard great things, and it was just something that came in that seemed different. I was pleasantly surprised with everything this book had to offer.
I cannot say this is a new topic. It is friend become lovers, and we see it coming from a mile away. It is a journey that I enjoyed getting there even though I knew the destination. I wanted this book to never end. It had witty humor, hard topics, true friendship, and all the wonderful 80’s references a person could ask for.
The two main characters in this book were high school friends in the late 70s/early 80s, but Catherine goes to college leaving Scott alone in small town Maryland. The year is 1982, and they continue to write letters to one another throughout the year. Long distance friendship can be just as brutal as long distance relationships, and this one is no different. They struggle at times to remain friends, and the distance and means of communications are tough on their friendship.
It is a little weird to only see Cath and Scott’s life through the letters that they write to one another, but it was refreshing to see a timeless work of literature that does not heavily rely on the modern convenience of the 21st century. Because of this method, we get to see more character development than most YA books combined. It probably helps that two people wrote this book, so the voices of each character are true to themselves and never seem to merge together, but it is still hard to write with someone in such synchronicity.
I do not think this book is super innovative, but it does break away from the norm of YA literature, and I thank these authors for breaking the modern day monotony. This book is like Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, and it is just as great and heartfelt. If you liked that novel, this novel is for you.
For readers, I highly recommend this. I know that it might not be the most ideal for true teens, but for all younger adults, this book is a great way to reminisce about the past and feel the nostalgia of those first years of college and first loves.
For librarians, this book is highly recommended for purchase. It is not going to be the one that is constantly flying off the shelf, but I think it will reach its intended audience, and it will make a difference in their lives.