Thank You HarperCollins for the advanced copy of the book in exchange for my review.
Summary: The school year has just ended and all of Leah’s friends have plans that don’t include her. She would be hearing to summer camp but it wouldn’t feel right to her after things changed a year ago. Everyone has been distant with her including her parents until she meets Jasper. Jasper is different from anyone that Leah knows and Leah finds that she is also going through a tough time. Together they create a place just for the two of them, away from parents and the difficulties that they both face. How long will this magical place last for them?
Thoughts: I was a little bit hesitant with reading this book because I love young adult books but this was more middle grade. I winded up really enjoying this book though for several reasons.
I liked how this book discussed so many heavy topics such as: homelessness, family, friendship, death, and violence. While the girls knew that this was a lot for them to deal with on their own the book still addressed these things in a way that the age group it was meant for could understand.
I liked how Leah and Jasper both had a hard time opening up to others but slowly opened up with each other. It really showed the impact of friendship and how important having someone to go to is. I thought that the way this friendship was depicted was a good way to show what friends look like at this age and beyond. Their friendship is beautiful without having to say much they just understand each other.
I recommend this to people who like reading middle grade and to those who are between the ages of 12-15.
You can purchase this book at Barnes and Noble or look for it at your local library.