Blurb (from Goodreads):
Best friends Meagan Davis and Jake Nichols were born on the wrong side of the tracks. Living in a rundown trailer park--her with a welfare scheming, neglectful mother and him with a father wounded in the Gulf War and suffering from PTSD--they forge a friendship they think is unbreakable.
And just as Meagan realizes her love for Jake--he gives up, thinking he has been wrong about her all along. She tries to push past her pride and reach out; he insists that things can never be the same. He begins an intense physical program to prepare him for the Army after graduation--a decision she feels is a mistake. Depressed and lonely, Meagan begins to piece her life together without Jake, taking refuge volunteering for a children's art program and discovers she wants to be a teacher.
While their career plans begin to fall together, the gap between them grows so wide that only an epic winter storm has the power to bring them together. Will they be able to repair the damage to their friendship and admit their feelings for each other?
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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17-year-old Meagan and Jake have been best friends forever. They both live in a trailer park with their less than reliable parents, and spend most of their time looking after other people than looking after themselves.
Now that they are seniors they need to consider what they will be doing next year, and where their futures could take them. Meagan is resigned to getting a part time job to put herself through some sort of higher education, whilst Jake thinks that his only option is to join the army.
Meagan doesn’t want Jake to join the army, but he doesn’t seem to be listening to her, because she isn’t saying the only thing that he wants to hear that will stop him from joining the army – that she loves him.
What does the future hold for Meagan and Jake? Can either of them leave their parents and get on with their lives? And will Meagan ever realise how she truly feels about Jake?
This was a good YA contemporary romance, about two teens trying to battle their way out of the trailer park that is their lives.
I felt really sorry for both Meagan and Jake in this book. Meagan’s mother was absolutely disgusting, and the way she treated her three kids was just awful. All she wanted was for Meagan to quit school, get a job, and buy her a new TV, and most of the time Meagan was more of a mother to her younger brother and sister than her mother was. Her mother blamed everything on Meagan, even things that weren’t her fault and it was really unfair.
Jake likewise had problems with his father who was ex-army and suffered from PTSD.
The storyline in this book was pretty good. Both Meagan and Jake wanted to do something with their lives rather than spending it in the trailer park, but neither really had the means to make that happen. Jake and Meagan argued quite a lot over his plan to join the army, and I could really see both sides of the argument – Jake saw it as a way to get an education, whilst Meagan saw it as something that would put his life in danger. It was really difficult to see what the solution really was for this pair.
The romance storyline was okay, but Meagan really had no idea that she loved Jake, and so we saw each of them going out with someone else, basically just to make the other jealous, so this romance was more of finding their way to each other, rather than the love that came after.
There was a reasonably happy ending in this one though which was good.
Overall; a good YA contemporary romance story.
6.5 out of 10.