by Jolene Perry (Goodreads Author)All they have in common is that they're less than perfect. And all they're looking for is the perfect distraction.
Kate's dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she's still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he's a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?
Source: eARC for Honest Review from Albert Whitman Teen via NetGalley
Genre: YA Contemporary
Well it has been awhile since I read a Jolene Perry book and I am so glad I was able to read this because it reminded me of why I love her books so much. Jolene is able to get to the heart of the matter and picks emotional topics to deal with.
In this book we have Kate who is dealing with her diagnosis of Diabetes and how to live with it while at the same time getting dumped by her perfect boyfriend.
As she is dealing with the break up she meets her best friend's cousin Aidan who is home from war after he loses his arm and career. Aidan feels lost as he's trying to find his way in life with his future as well as his new look in life with only one arm.
As Aidan and Kate befriend each other they find out they need each other so much more. For the first time Kate feels normal with Aidan not knowing about her Diabetes. For Aidan, Kate is a breath of fresh air with her lack of filter when she talks which makes him feel at ease with his loss of arm. For the the first time he feels normal and wants so much more.
Kate and Aidan learn a lot from each other but with this emotional relationship comes hardships and reality but even though they're young they learn from each other and learn to lean on one another and become strong as individuals as well as a couple.
Jolene has such a gift at getting to the emotions of her characters right away without all the other bullshit to filter through. I love the story lines she conquers and this YA story has heart, hope, hardships and love.
4 Heart filled Thumbs up!