When best friends Drew and Shane spot the new girl to school, they both fall for her at first sight, she’s beautiful and a band nerd like them. Rather than both vying for her attention and possibly ruining their friendship, they agree on a coin toss, an old tradition of theirs to avoid fighting between them. The story starts with Drew winning the coin toss and we see what unfolds for these three if one fate unfolded. Halfway through after a tragic turn, the story flips and tells us what fate would have in store if the coin flip went to Shane instead.
The author does a great job at showing the complexity of adolescence, the struggles with family, the petty fights between friends and the intensity of young love. I appreciated that the story stayed clean and while there were light mentions of drugs and sex, our main protagonists stayed pretty PG. The family issues were pretty intense to read and we saw the impact of parents decisions on their children’s lives and how that helped to bond these three together. The music talk and banter between Shane and Stevie is fabulous and so fun to read.
The lower star rating for me translates to two things:
1. I found Stevie to be quite selfish and annoying at times with her disrespect for her parents and her treatment of the boys
2. The ending is open to interpretation… if I wanted to write a book I would, I chose to read one so I expect the author to complete the story. That doesn’t happen here, so be forewarned. There are lessons but not resolution. That’s not my favorite type of story, but it might be perfect for you. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thanks to Wednesday Books for a copy of this novel. All opinions above are my own.
Do you like an ending open to interpretation or does it make you Hulk out like it does for me?