For Missy Keiser, returning to Anna Maria Island, Florida, means two things: her mother made another poor decision with men, and Missy will have to reenter a world where she’s known as “Messy,” a social pariah who dared to have a crush on Sam King, the most popular boy in school.
But much has changed in the three years she’s been away. Missy’s next-door neighbor is no longer an elderly woman but Josh, an intriguing boy who seems genuinely interested in her. At school, she’s surprised to find few people remember who she once was. And any remaining taunts of Messy are silenced when Sam King gives her his nod of approval.
Just as things seem to be perfect, Josh’s sudden distance, her mother’s latest relationship implosion, and her brother’s strange behavior threaten to ruin it all. Missy is forced to decide between the boy she’s always wanted, a boy who is intent on trying to save her, and the brother she’s known all her life. And her decision could have consequences she can never undo.
This was a thought provoking, intriguing book. Missy was the class joke before she'd left for Pennsylvania and now that she's back, she wants to change that image. Her crush had always been Sam, and that was a significant portion of why she was a social outcast. Now after three years, she has changed and the boys are noticing. Her neighbor is intriguing as well, but he isn't the boy of her dreams, right?
I honestly wasn't sure how this book would sit with me when I started it but I really did enjoy it. Missy was an intriguing character that was completely complex. Josh is a great friend to her, Sam is a good guy but possibly not the best boyfriend idea, and her brother is lost. The emotional ride in this book was intense. I really liked how the author brought God into the story and it wasn't 'in your face'
I rate this a 4/5. It was a unique storyline.
Thank you to Zondervan for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.