Blurb: Back home in Chicago, Paul Hiroshima had it all.
Popularity, charming looks and a talent for the arts that made him admired by his peers. Moving to Portland, Maine the summer before his senior year was going to change all that. With his city life behind him, there was definitely no reason to make the best out of a bad situation—that is, until he meets the amazing Felicia Abelard.
Over a love of comic books and secret identities, Felicia becomes the sidekick to his hero; there’s just one problem: they weren’t supposed to fall in love.
As the season comes to an end, Paul and Felicia face in-depth challenges to preserve their summer formed bond. With the brink of the new school year at hand, this tale of best friends and first loves will make this year unforgettable.
I Floved this book! It had all the ingredients for a fantastic YA diverse romantic read.
At first I wasn’t really digging it. It started off a bit slow and jumped around quite a bit. And the sex scene was quite awkward for me to read honestly. But then I realized that that’s exactly how high school was. So it started to make sense the more I read.
Paul was a pretty easy going character and I could relate to his being the new kid in school. I went to eight different schools growing up so I could totally get his feelings of homesickness. His background was pretty cool too. He was a half Japanese/half white Buddhist that could dance like nobodies business. The author really gave him dimension and layers. And his family wasn’t a background prop either. YA’s are notorious for sticking the parents and siblings in the corner but not with this one and for that I am glad. They even addressed how different they are treated and how they handled it.
While Paul was easy going, Felicia was a bit uptight. She was what one would call a loner. Not really something I can relate to but that didn’t take away from how much I ended up loving her. I liked how she wasn’t afraid to stand up to the people who bullied her, even to her detriment. And I dug her nerdiness! Their mutual love of comic books is what initially brings them together. And the fact they were neighbors. Felicia was a Haitian american with very strict parents. And she struggles between wanting to fit in and pretending she doesn’t care.
Their story is fast-paced and turbulent. And I loved every second of it. Highly recommended.