This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.
Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.
That is, until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.
When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other—and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.
What I liked:
I love split narration books, as I really like getting the full story from every angle. This book did that fantastically. Mark and Kate’s stories wove together perfectly, and there was never any moment of “wait, who’s talking now?”
What I didn’t like:
I felt like Mark and Kate’s friendship went from “we barely acknowledge each other” to “we’re each other’s best friend” far too quickly for it to be in any way realistic. In fact, most of the friendships in this book were wholly problematic, and I wouldn’t seek them out in real life. The characters were all with their flaws, and there wasn’t any one of them that I really connected to.
Out of five?:
Three. It’s a great story, and really important LGBT-focused reading, but the characters may start to grate on you a little.