I liked this book a lot. Skylar Evans just wants to hold things together just for the summer and then she can go to San Francisco and start college and her life. She has fought hard not to fall into the trap she has seen other girls fall into- drinking, boys, dead-end jobs, teen pregnancies. She has made a pact with her best friend Chris, and they are getting out of their dead-end town. Things start to unravel for Skylar when she sees Josh Williams, home from Afghanistan after losing his leg. Both Josh and Skylar work at the only motel in town, the Paradise, and their sense of isolation starts to fade as they spend more time together.
I thought the characters were very realistic and the dialog was as well. This novel deals with some pretty big issues: parental loss, suicide, PTSD, military service and sacrifice, and love, among others. The main characters are young , 18-19, and dealing with these big issues is hard. Nothing was sugarcoated, and there was no happily ever after ending. But life isn't like that, it is?