This isn't your normal, happy go lucky ya romance. It has real issues. Issues that are probably more common than we expect. I felt for Jessie and his situation. I think Jessie got the short end of the stick, but I was glad he wasn't portrayed as a total bad boy either. He made the most of his situation and made plans to get out of his rotten start to life, but he never let himself hit rock bottom either.
While it dealt with realistic issues, it wasn't as original as I had hoped it would be. I know, I know, it's hard when everything has been written already, but unfortunately it doesn't stand out or outshine others similar to it. The only exception, was how Jessie dealt with his misfortune. I'm glad he was strong enough to stand on his own two feet. For me, this was what kept me reading through to the end. The hope I had that Jessie would find his way out.
My only wish for this book would be for Claire. I wanted to her be something more than she was. I struggled to connect with her. Mostly what I got out of the book was that she was a teenager bored wit her life. So Jessie was there to spice up her life, only to accidentally fall for him in the process.
I rarely comment on the style of which a book is written, but I liked the way the author set up her novel. There are clear indications when the character view changes between Jessie and Claire. I really appreciate how she didn't switch it up every few paragraphs, but instead, each chapter was alternating between the two. It made it clear who we were following at the moment and never left the reader confused on a sudden switch.