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Though some might find this book a bit slow to get going, I greatly enjoyed Lo's poetic and descriptive prose. This book contained all the heartwrenching and tender queer feels one would expect from a Lo novel.

I felt that this book beautifully captured the liminal space that is the summer between high school and college. For Aria, this summer was all the more transitional because she was unable to spend the summer with her friends the way she had initially planned. Instead she finds herself across the country, having left her high school years behind her but not yet started college, where the world is her oyster. This is a story of a person on the cusp; in many Aria is extremely mature and practically an adult but she also clearly has a lot of learning to do about the world and herself.

[Note: received a free copy from Penguin Teen via BookishFirst]