Source: From Librarything and Chronicle Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
A story about falling in love, literally.
Seventeen-year-old Delilah Green wouldn’t have chosen to do her last year of school this way, but she figures it’s working fine. Her dad is on a trip to fix his broken heart after her mom left him for another man, so Del’s managing the family café in his absence. Easy, she thinks. But what about:
- homework and the nasty posse of mean girls making her life hell
- or how one of Del’s best friends won’t stop guilt-tripping her
- and her other best friend is so in love with his tutor he might go to jail for her if Del doesn’t do something
But who cares about any of that really, because above all else, she can’t stop thinking about beautiful Rosa who dances every night across the street until one day Rosa comes in the café door . . .
And if Rosa starts thinking about Del, too, then how in the name of caramel milkshakes will Del get the rest of it together?
This was a wonderful book. It was a quick read and I really liked the characters and how they find themselves throughout the book. I really loved that the book showcases a gay female lead and her being so sure of herself. I think that is refreshing for a book/character in the diverse reads realm. Del is strong, determined, and does not take no for an answer, but she is also sensitive, to the point and realistic when she absolutely needs to be. Her friends in the book are there to push her and help her on her journey - in this case helping her fathers cafe survive.
So all this love and appreciation, why only 4 stars? Well lets start with the first shocker... I am a thirty year old who reads YA, not a big deal, there are a lot of us. But I felt a bit put out by the author at the beginning of the book- there is a quote about thirty somethings being old, I was so upset I had to show my husband (who laughed at me) but I was saddened by it. Second thing, the missing parent plot - dad is away gallivanting after a bad divorce, teenage kid is left alone but also to run the family cafe too... I was not very keen on that aspect.
Overall though the book was enjoyable. The love story is slow moving and I liked that and like I mentioned the characters are realistic and easy to follow. And if you are looking for a diverse book, this one falls in that category.