Publication: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: Purchased Hardcover
Pages: 288 pages
Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.
KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.
DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.
When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?
“I think about my dad’s favorite expression: People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. What is my house made of? Paper, I decide. Like in a pop-up book. Easily collapsible.”
Julie Buxbaum has done it again. I read this book in one day (with the exception of the 50 pages I read the night before). And for the most part, I read it in one sitting, only to break for food with a friend. Her books are just so sweet. I love her characters, her writing style that makes the books fly by, and her story telling. Not to mention, this book has some moments I was actually laughing out loud. And a few where I almost cried.
David Drucker is the sweetest cutie on the planet. I just want to hug him and love him for forever.
I’ll stop now because I could go on like that for a long time. David has Asperger’s syndrome, though it’s only really mentioned a couple of times, and kind of brushed off by him. I don’t have much experience with autism, so I can’t say how accurate the representation was, but it was nice to read about a character with high functioning autism. I don’t believe I’ve ever read about a character with autism before.
David is very sweet, funny, and passionate about science. He undergoes some really traumatic things in this book, things he definitely did not deserve. I know high school kids can be mean (I mean, it’s only been almost seven years since I graduated), but damn.
Kit, at the beginning of the book, has recently lost her father in a car accident. She’s a character that I related to really well. I lost my father in high school, and could totally relate to her grief and feelings of dissociation. I feel like she didn’t go through gobs of character development, but she did work through her grief a little. I did appreciate that.
There are some occasions in which she stands up for David, and doesn’t let the fear of what people might think of their friendship get in the way. I really appreciated that, because I feel like anytime we see a character who is not neurotypical, the character that befriends them, at some point, feels embarrassed to be their friend. I never got that vibe from Kit.
Now, this could have totally been a five star book for me. It was definitely well on it’s way. However, I thought the plot twist at the end was not needed. While it did surprise me, and I wasn’t expecting it, it felt like too much. Along with that, the constant talk of how attractive the other was felt a little unnatural. We get it, he/she is cute. You don’t have to mention it literally every chapter.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It’s chalk full of cute, sweet moments. It’s full of so many other things like grief, friendships, family relationships, romantic relationships, discovering yourself, etc. The book was so engrossing, I just wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next. I can’t wait to read more from Buxbaum.
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