Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?
Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.
The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.
Sydney has been living her life normaly until one day, her older brother has been convicted into various crimes including the recent drunk driving case which led to David Ibarra's paralysis. As her family struggles to cope up with her brother's conviction, she finds herself in the middle of it all.
Then she met the Chathams. Slowly, her dull life was given color and she got what she needed the most, acceptance.
- Layla. She is the only reason I kept going on. Her character is like sunshine under a tree, giving good vibes to the readers despite how annoying the main character is.