What struck me as essentially unique with Your One and Only was the way that author Adrianne Finlay linked the present day (now) to ideas of the distant past (such as, apprenticeship.) Ideas like this will encourage teens to consider the way things have change and, perhaps, how life as we know it might come to pass at some point in the future. Finlay also correlates music with emotions, something many teens can relate to. Finally, readers won’t be able to resist the deep relationships forged between unlikely characters.
Your One and Only reminded me of some favorite middle grades futuristic stories. Pretties, Among the Hidden, and The Giver all came to mind as I read this book. While Your One and Only contains deeper, more mature themes, the underlying desire to connect with others is a timeless story.