Monday, November 2, 2020



Author: Jennifer Niven

Publisher: Random House Children’s 

Year: 2020


Claude’s world is turned upside when her parents decide to separate as she gets ready to graduate from high school. 

High school graduation can bring lots of changes - leaving old friends, starting a new phase of life, and falling in love for the first time. Claude and her BFF Saz think they have the whole summer together before they go away to separate colleges. But Claude’s father drops the news that he and Claude’s mom are breaking up. After graduation, Claude and her mom go to an island off the coast of Georgia. It is Claude’s mom’s ancestral home and her mom, an author, wants to do some research and see if there’s a story there. It is also a good excuse to get away from Claude’s dad for a few weeks. 

Claude meets Miah, a boy with his own heartache, on the island. They fall in love as Claude navigates her anger over her parents’ break up and the changes in her friendship with Saz. 

Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe are two of my favorites. She proves once again that she can tap into the emotions of teenagers, first love and sorrow. The teen characters are complex and layered individuals. She writes teenagers as real people with real problems. All of which makes for an emotionally packed story. 

Thank you to Jennifer Niven, NetGalley, and Random House Children’s for the review copy. 

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