Julie is desperate for a change. So she heads to New Orleans with her youth group to rebuild houses and pretend her life isn’t a total mess. But between her super-clingy team leader and her way-too-chipper companions, Julie feels more trapped than ever.
In a moment of daring, she ditches her work clothes for DIY fairy wings and heads straight into the heart of Mid-Summer Mardi Gras, where she locks eyes with Miles, an utterly irresistible guy with a complicated story of his own. And for once, Julie isn’t looking back. She jumps at the chance to see the real New Orleans, and in one surreal night, they dance under the stars, share their most shameful secrets, and fall in love.
But their adventure takes an unexpected turn when an oncoming hurricane changes course. As the storm gains power and Julie is pulled back into chaos she finds pretending everything is fine is no longer an option.
This is such a cool book. It’s told in first person, and tells two interlocking stories. One, the story of Julie’s brother, the other the story of Julie and Miles. It was really fascinated to see a story told this way, to see Julie slowly unfold.
The story is pretty slow, but not boring. The parts about Julie and Miles all take place over the course of one night. I liked seeing their relationship unfold. The romance aspect of this story is fairly fast-paced. I wasn’t the biggest fan of that, but in the setting it made sense.
I really loved Mia Garcia’s writing style. It was very fresh and nice.
So I’ve put off gushing aboit this for a little while. What really sold me on this book was the characters. Julie, Miles, Taj, Tavis, Emma, Adam… they all felt so real.
Also this book takes places during a hurricane. That is super cool and it’s something I haven’t read about before. It was a fun experience.
So the last thirty percent of this book.
Also the romance is fantabulousoh shippable. And adorable.
The code names. SO MUCH COOL. And also more adorableness!!!
So if you want a quick afternoon read, this is the book for you. It’s fun, witty, and a smidge intense.
FOR THE PARENTS –
INTIMACY – Two people sleep together. It’s shown somewhat, but the scene ends before too much happens. Also some kissing.
DRINKING – There is some drunkenness.
CUSSING – A fair amount. Maybe twenty cuss words altogether?
VIOLENCE – Someone is almost strangled.