“I want to kiss you some more.” “Sounds great to me,” he says, as simple as two plus two. “Is that your way of saying you want to be mine?” “Yeah….and you’re mine.”
Every May 7th the students from Coffee County High take a class trip. Thanks, super rich alumni, Jim Worthington for that endowment. On to the OTP! Alex Rouvelis. He’s serious about pizza, his dog, and the Atlanta Braves. Baseball is on his brain. Twinkling brown eyes. And his smile. Swoon. Alex is popular. Really popular. Our heroine is Louise (Lulu) Wells. She’s pretty, friendly, and smart. Loathes science. Nicknamed “Garden Girl”. Vegan. Writing/drawing a graphic novel. The duo go through break-ups, make-ups, and dating other people; however, they have an undeniable connection and every field trip forces them to confront that connection. There are flashback throughout the years that details their backstory. Are they meant to be together? Or are they better apart? It goes this like…
Alex and Lulu are basically a real-life, enemies-to-lovers story. The class trip is to… wah wah… the Science Museum. The planetarium moment. ENDLESS HEART EYES. Then the pair get stuck in an escape room. That was a SUPER fun scene. Freshman year is hilarious!
Stepping. It. Up. Coffee County! To Six Flags we go! But wait… what happened to our OTP? This class trip had me feeling like I got punched in the gut. I felt ALL the emotions with and for Alex and Lulu. My heart hurt so bad.
New York, New York! Alex has some work to do. I’m talking grand-gesture type work. I’m rooting for them!
London’s calling! The pair have come a long way since their freshman year trip. “I gaze around at my laughing friends, smiling under the bright lights of London.” Senior year felt super nostalgic…closing one chapter and beginning another. But it doesn’t matter where you are-maybe it’s who you’re with.
Four Days of You and Me was super entertaining and ultra cute! I adore YA stories like these! Kept me on my toes! I was like that gif of the baby speed reading a board book. LOL! Whew, that was a GOOD read!
“Friendship is messy. Hard. Infuriating. Awesome. Fragile. Durable. Impossible. Worth it. Always worth it.”
Marisa Kanter! Girl, this was cuuuuuuutesy. I appreciate your passion and knowledge for everything YA! I’m all about the abbrevs, tbh. Clapping 👏🏼 it 👏🏼 up 👏🏼 for this debut novel. 😜
Internet friends turn into IRL crushes. Halle Levitt is just a kid who bakes cupcakes that match book covers and has an opinion, like everyone else on the internet. Eye roll 😛. Halle created One True Pastry (OTP) under the pen name Kels aka 😎 incognito. Her blog, OTP, is dedicated to the two greatest things on Earth- YA books and cupcakes. Hi, I’m SOLD🙋🏼♀️. Nash Stevens, fellow blogger and crazy talented graphic novelist, is Halle/Kels pixel BFF. They chat about anything and everything. With the exception of who she really is🙈. Kels + Nash = Endless 😍 heart eyes😍. THE OTP. I ship them! Guess what! Halle arrives to spend senior year in her gramps small town where she just so happens to run into IRL Nash. 😱GASP! Nash has infiltrated Halle’s life. Halle has infiltrated Nash’s life. He invites her into Le Crew. Yet she remains a secret🤐 because she doesn’t want to ruin the non-awkward magic of their digital friendship. However, she’s falling for Nash IRL… but he’s in love with Kels. Love triangle! Fake love triangle? It’s more like a line since it’s only two people. EEP! Gramps is beyond precious! He’s a ⚡️Potterhead and it’s darling. Gramps took the sorting hat quiz. He’s a Hufflepuff. But has yet to come to terms with his Puff-ness.
All the HP references made me feel super young at heart and left me grinning 😁 like a Cheshire cat. Another thought…Nash and Halle deal with grief. Even though, on the screen as Nash + Kels, they thrive on sarcasm, banter, and angst, they deal with their grief as Nash + Halle. I related to Kels’ life lesson on friendship- 👭🏼real friendship- it’s not easy. “It’s knowing the world might be a trash fire, but it’s less trash when there are people to help navigate the darkness.” I love that. SO true in this season of quarantine. Check on yo’ friends! If you like the perfect escapism in the form of YA romance, this is for you. Now, who has curbside pick up for cupcakes?🧁