Nicola Yoon skillfully delivers everything (everything) you want from a contemporary young adult novel. The characters are believable teenagers, even given Maddie’s abnormal living circumstances. It is absolutely a love story without following a predictable trajectory. This story challenges your heart to hold onto hope in one hand while squeezing reality tightly in the other.
Our two protagonists each face what seems to be insurmountable and extremely unkind life circumstances, and as the audience we are asked to have the hope for their lives that they struggle to hold onto it for themselves.
Mood: wistful wondering; wishful wandering.
For fans of: Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer Nevin, John Green, great first kisses, satisfying endings.
THE MOVIE came to theaters May 2017, and it does the best that a movie could with this story. On its own it is a good movie, however it was impossible to fully develop the characters and relationships (especially between Maddie and her mom and Maddie and Carla) in the short amount of time
Spoiler Alert: no one dies