For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.
Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.
When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.
This book is oddly sweet and amazing. I picked it up at Target on a milk run and can say I absolutely loved it. Sam and Penelope are so cute and so human. There is one topic it hits unexpectedly *spoiler* and that is rape. I didn’t even see it coming. It was a wham in your face thing. I didn’t know if this was meant to be this way but that is how it happened when it came across in the book.
Other than that the way these two navigate being around each other is quite frankly just too cute! They both handle their own battles and stories with such a human way that you can’t help but relate to them. I gotta say I totally loved this book. The healing that happens at the end really brings it all together.
Five out of five stars!