When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But Nate is too charming to be dangerous. He just needs a place to get away, which Hanley understands. Her own escape methods—vodka, black hair dye, and pretending the past didn’t happen—are more traditional, but who is she to judge?
Nate doesn’t tell her why he’s in her garage, and she doesn’t tell him what she’s running from. Soon, Hanley¹s trading her late-night escapades for all-night conversations and stolen kisses. But when Nate¹s recognized as the missing teen from the news, Hanley isn’t sure which is worse: that she’s harboring a fugitive, or that she’s in love with one.
There are good YA Romance books and there are GREAT YA Romance books and this falls into the great category for me. I was immediately drawn in and I was happy to read it. I started reading it on Monday late and finished it today. I told my daughter I would be getting her a copy too. She’s sixteen and I think it would be good for her to read. That being said let’s move on to plot.
The plot is good and at first it’s daunting that this girl would just be okay with this stranger but we take into account she is seventeen but she is in no way naïve. Hanley is smart and broken and I think that she sees how young Nate is off the bat and that he is somehow broken just like her.
The progression of the book was pretty quick so there was never an :oh, hurry up” moment for me it was just all good. Alot of issues are dealt with that kids in our society deal with and it was refreshing. I love the characters too each and every one and if Erin Fletcher were to revisit Hanley and Nate in the future it would get no complaint from me. I like alot about this book. There was really nothing to not like about it.
A well written and knowledgeable coming of age story with a thick twisty plot that keeps you on your toes. I say bravo Ms. Fletcher!
5 of 5 Hearts
Nate looks me over, from my jacket to my favorite pair of jeans, to the shoes that are bonfire-worthy but still cute. My hair, with the help of a straightener, is so silky that my dark bangs fall into my eyes even more than usual. My eye makeup is amped up. Whether all of this is because of the bonfire or because of who I hoped I’d run into before leaving is open for debate. He reaches up and brushes my bangs away from my face. The split-second touch makes me crave more. “You look gorgeous.”
“Where are you headed?”
Though staying here in the garage might be a better option, I say, “A bonfire.”
Nate studies me again, but this time it feels like he’s looking for something deeper. “Don’t you ever get tired of sneaking out?”
“Not really,” I say with a shrug.
He tugs on the zipper of my fleece, lowering it slightly and pulling me closer. “What are you running from, Hanley?”
It feels like my secrets are written all over my face, but I say, “Nothing.”
When he smiles, it’s almost sad. “I don’t buy it.”
I lean in, putting both hands on the car behind him, one on either side, trapping him. “You tell me why you’re living in my garage and I’ll tell you what I’m running from.”
He gives a sly smile and doesn’t budge. “Secrets it is.”
“Secrets it is,” I echo. And even though the small space between us is electric and threatening to disappear, I push off the car and step away. “I’ll see you later,” I say as I open the door.
“Hanley,” he says before I can get too far. “Be careful out there, okay?”
I don’t make any promises.
Erin Fletcher is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise while drinking excessive quantities of coffee, believes flip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at the beach if she could. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics (which is almost never useful when writing books) and lives in North Carolina.
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