Warning: if you have a soul, this book will make you cry. There are very few things in life I am certain about, but this is one of them.
OFFICIAL BOOK DESCRIPTION
Macy’s summer stretches before her, carefully planned and outlined. She will spend her days sitting at the library information desk. She will spend her evenings studying for the SATs. Spare time will be used to help her obsessive mother prepare for the big opening of the townhouse section of her luxury development. But Macy’s plans don’t anticipate a surprising and chaotic job with Wish Catering, a motley crew of new friends, or … Wes. Tattooed, artistic, anything-but-expected Wes. He doesn’t fit Macy’s life at all–so why does she feel so comfortable with him? So … happy? What is it about him that makes her let down her guard and finally talk about how much she misses her father, who died before her eyes the year before? Sarah Dessen delivers a page-turning novel that carries readers on a roller coaster of denial, grief, comfort, and love as we watch a broken but resilient girl pick up the pieces of her life and fit them back together.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ
The incredible cast of characters that behave like real people. They aren’t princess warriors, or psychic waitresses who date vampires, or super snobby rich girls from the Upper East Side. They are everyday people dealing with everyday problems: death of a loved one, relationship problems, absent parents, etc. One of the things that makes the book so wonderful is that you can really relate. The characters could be your best friends or siblings.
Descriptive language. Sarah Dessen is one of the best at painting a picture with her words. She doesn’t just tell you things, she shows you.
“I kept thinking about Jason, how weird he’d always been about physical contact, how reaching out for him was always like taking a chance, making a wish” (243).
Wes. He’s tall, dark, and handsome. He works with his hands, welding yard sculptures from re-purposed items. He is basically my dream. Even better: he likes imperfect things.
“Just because someone’s pretty doesn’t mean she’s decent. Or vice versa. I’m not into appearances. I like flaws, I think they make things interesting” (192).
Truth. Throughout the entire book, Macy and Wes plan a game of truth or dare without the dares. It can be insightful, it can silly, and sometimes it can be heartbreaking. Someone please play with me.
Gotcha. The other game played by the Wish crew is Gotcha. The goal is sneak up behind another person and scream gotcha, giving them a fright. This game is right up my alley.
“…there’s just something fun, every once in a while, about getting the shit scared out of you” (100).
Catering sounds awesome. Between this book and Party Down, I really want to experience the chaos of working for a catering company. I want to balance trays full of meatballs (because everybody loves meatballs) and stomp on the feet of gobblers who take too many.
Summer nights. There is a reason Grease sang a whole song about them. Summer nights, when a lot of the book takes place, are a time when anything can happen. There is an electricity in the air and a feeling of endless possibilities. It’s the time that most of my fondest memories come from.
“It was summer, early evening. Once this had been my favorite time of year, my favorite time of night. When the fireflies came out, and the heat cooled” (86).
The Bertmobile. I desperately long to sit on an old couch in the back of a refurbished ambulance. It just seems like so much fun. And like Bert says, it makes a statement.
DIRECTOR, PLEASE CAST
“I knew the basics: that I was somewhat short for my age, with a round face, brown eyes, and faint freckles across my nose that had been prominent, but now you had to lean in close to see. I had blonde hair that got lighter in the summer…” (17).
I totally picture Emma playing the type of girl that would strive for perfection as a means to control her life after her father’s death.
“Now that he was right in front of me, I could see that he was tall and had brown hair that was a little bit too long. He was also strikingly handsome, with the sort of sculpted cheekbones and angular features that you couldn’t help but notice, even if you did have a boyfriend” (23).
When I was reading I was picturing someone very similar to Steven Strait. He is believable as someone would works with discarded junkyard parts and welds them into something beautiful.
Bert is described as a shorter, chunkier than Wes. They share the same dark hair and dark eyes.
I could definitely see Josh Hutcherson playing Bert. I would buy him as a younger brother that needed looking after, obsessed with Armageddon and the end of the world.
“She was small, with a mass of blonde ringlets spilling down her back… She also had bright blue eyes and rings on every finger, and smelled like watermelon bubblegum…” (61).
I think Ashley would make a perfect Kristy. She could pull off the funky outfits and I can picture her describing the sa-woon to Macy.