I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Thelma & Louise meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in a brave, timely YA about two teens who embark on a cross-country road trip.
Dylan doesn’t have a lot of experience with comfort. His room in the falling-down Village Estates can generously be categorized as “squalid,” and he sure as hell isn’t getting any love from his mother, who seemed to—no, definitely did—enjoy the perks that went along with being the parent of a “cancer kid.”
His only escape has been in the form of his favorite video game—World of Warcraft—and the one true friend who makes him feel understood, even if it is just online: Nuba. And now that Dylan is suddenly in remission, he wants to take Nuba on a real mission, one he never thought he’d live to set out on: a journey to a mysterious ship in the middle of the Salton Sea.
But Nuba—real-life name Arden—is fighting her own battles, ones that Dylan can’t always help her win. As they navigate their way west, they grapple with Nuba’s father (who refuses to recognize his daughter’s true gender), Dylan’s addiction, and the messy, complicated romance fighting so hard to blossom through the cracks of their battle-hardened hearts.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
This was a YA contemporary romance story, featuring a gay boy, and a transgender girl.
I liked both Dylan and Arden, and both had had a rough time of it. Poor Dylan had had a brain tumour that was in spontaneous remission, and Arden had a father who insisted on calling her ‘David’.
The storyline in this was about Dylan and Arden going on a road trip to find a buried ship full of pearls, but what was really sweet was the way their relationship developed as the story progressed. Although Dylan was initially a bit confused by his feelings, I liked the overall message that people are just people, and that falling in love can’t be wrong no matter what your gender or identity.
The ending to this was a bit of a let-down though. Nothing was tied up, questions weren’t answered, and we were just left to wonder what would become of Dylan and Arden and their relationship with no idea of where it would actually go which was really disappointing.
7 out of 10