The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it ended too early.
One mistake cost Clem everything: her best friend, her reputation, and her happiness. Now, she's stuck on a boat with her family for three months, unable to contact anyone or hide her sadness from her family. When she meets Red, she's forced to hang out with him and finds that his positive outlook and easy personality may be just what she needs to heal.
What makes this book stand out is the pacing that seems to follow the slow and steady boat ride. The author allows the reader to get to know exactly what happened to Clem through flashbacks here and there. Only through the flashbacks do we learn what a treasure Clem lost in her best friend Amanda when she fell for Ethan, Amanda's boyfriend.
There's plenty of typical teen angst and drama, but what stands out is the beautiful friendship of two girls who grew up together. The characters surrounding Clem are great too. I love Olive, her quirky little sister, and I felt the writer did an exceptional job with Clem's parents--portraying them as parents who care but aren't sure what to do. Each character is authentic, which makes it a poignant read for teen girls (and those of us who love YA).
I will definitely checkout other books by the author.
I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.