But surely that will change once she leaves to attend university somewhere far, far away.
When new student Tobias King blazes in from America and shakes up the school, Comet thinks she’s got the bad boy figured out. Until they’re thrown together for a class assignment and begin to form an unlikely connection. Everything shifts in Comet’s ordinary world. Tobias has a dark past and runs with a tough crowd—and none of them are happy about his interest in Comet. Targeted by bullies and thrown into the spotlight, Comet and Tobias can go their separate ways…or take a risk on something extraordinary.
Synopsis from Indigo
I really enjoyed Samantha Young’s first novel, so I was excited to find out who she would introduce us to this time. After reading the synopsis, I actually think we are a bit mislead — it makes it sounds like we’re going to get two POVs, but we only ever have Comet as the narrator. And although there were some cliches along the way, this is a lovely story about Comet learning her own self-worth and a light read for the summer months.
Comet is a Sweetheart
Young liked to give her protagonists unique names (Comet, India) but that’s where the similarities end. In her first YA (The Impossible Vastness of Us review here), India is definitely more of an in-your-face girl, unafraid to go after what she wants. This time, Young gives us Comet, a shy introvert who comes from a difficult home life. I loved getting to know Comet! Although I’m more of an extrovert, I completely understood her when she describes preferring to read on a Friday night instead of going to a party. She’s very relatable and her growth in this novel is wonderful to see. I was so happy that she realizes that she is an amazing girl who deserves more then the way her parents, her friends, and Tobias treat her and learns to stand up for herself!
A Few Too Many Cliches At Times
The misunderstood boy falls for the nerdy girl, but only agrees to be friends in secret thing just didn’t do a lot for me. I get why Tobias did what he did, but it still felt very forced; why couldn’t he just casually smile at her? Or at least wave from a distance? The total coldness at school to friends at home was awkward. It was also very frustrating that Tobias continued to assume that Comet liked Steve. That whole plot line didn’t seem rational at all and went on for too long. I also didn’t love how Comet is often relegated to the “uncool bookish nerd” just because she doesn’t want to go to parties or why she continues to be friends with Steph when she is the least loyal person I ever read about. I really would’ve loved for Comet to have some cooler friends.
Really Makes Me Want to Visit Scotland!!
I loved the setting of this book. I’ve never been to Scotland and I was completely enthralled with any and all description that Young included in the book. I was honestly so jealous when Comet and Tobias went to Edinburgh! Everything Comet describes sounds amazing and I wanted to book a ticket to see it for myself. Even the description of the smaller town they live in outside the city sounds adorable. I’ll definitely need to go to Scotland someday and see the city for myself.
Overall, this is a fun summer read and came out at the perfect time of year. If you’re looking for a cute, fast YA love story, this is a good pick for you. It reminds me a lot of Kasie West’s books, although slightly darker subject matter at some points. I’m interested to see what Young writes next!
FINAL RATING: 3.5/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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