by Amelia Diane Coombs
Sparks fly when two ex-best-friends team up to save a family business in this swoon-worthy and witty debut perfect for fans of Jenn Bennett and Sarah Dessen.
…Both protagonists emerge as flawed, sympathetic characters. Capturing the vibe of bowling alley action and the business of betting, first-time author Coombs, herself diagnosed with bipolar disorder, sensitively portrays mental health concerns, including roller-coaster highs and lows.—Publisher’s Weekly
Coombs’s debut features realistically flawed teen characters addressing complex issues, including mental health, family poverty, parental abandonment, and suicide. The teen romance is sweet and charming, but the real love story is between Chuck and San Francisco as Coombs beautifully captures the atmosphere of the city from the perspective of a besotted resident… Those who enjoy Jenn Bennett’s works or Rachel Lynn Solomon’s Today Tonight Tomorrow will find much to love in this atmospheric and mostly realistic romance.”—School Library Journal
The author’s portrayal of mental illness is sensitive and insightful… Readers who enjoy thoughtful, character-driven stories will appreciate this book… Intriguing and charming.”—Kirkus Reviews