Friday, June 29, 2018

Review: ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE by Nicole Williams

by Nicole Williams
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 256
Source: Ardent Prose PR | Netgalley
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Fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jenny Han will delight as the fireworks spark and the secrets fly in this delicious summer romance from a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

When Jade decided to spend the summer with her aunt in California, she thought she knew what she was getting into. But nothing could have prepared her for Quentin. Jade hasn't been in suburbia long and even she knows her annoying (and annoyingly cute) next-door neighbor spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E. 

And when Quentin learns Jade plans to spend her first American summer hiding out reading books, he refuses to be ignored. Sneaking out, staying up, and even a midnight swim, Quentin is determined to give Jade days--and nights--worth remembering.

But despite their storybook-perfect romance, every time Jade moves closer, Quentin pulls away. And when rumors of a jilted ex-girlfriend come to light, Jade knows Quentin is hiding a secret--and she's determined to find out what it is.

My Thoughts

Summer. Night swimming. Annoyingly cute boy next door. I am hooked!! It didn't take much to know that ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE is a book I had to read. I love stories set in the summer, stories about crushes and first loves, and stories about falling for the boy next door. Check, check, and check. ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE is a fun story, perfect for readers looking for a young adult contemporary that makes your heart feel happy.

Jade wants the typical teen experience after living on the road with her famous mom. But she didn't expect the rules and restrictions and the hovering that came with living with her aunt. When she seeks an escape with a summer job, she . I loved the hilarious descriptions of working at the concessions counter at the pool. Catering to kids and their parents isn't all it's cracked up to be. (Trust me I know). But it's there that Jade begins to make her place and find new friends.

What I liked:

  • Quentin and his easily likeable ways. Teen me would have had a crush on him, no question about it.
  • When Quentin gifts Jade with a big ol' box of romance books
  • Jade's relationship with her mother
  • Jade's experiences living with her aunt and cousins
  • The Ferris Wheel banter 
  • The almost first kisses - the anticipation in the moment
  • The first kiss
Favorite Quote:

"You know, I'm full of surprises, too." 
That was one of the most obvious statements I'd heard. "Yeah, I know you are."

Quentin's secret isn't so difficult to decipher. Readers will definitely pick up on it sooner than Jade did, but seeing her realization and how she deals with it is what makes this story more than just a summer fling.

I just adore the book. It's sweet and charming. It charmed me. Definitely a book you should read to kick off your summer. 

Disclaimer:  I received this e-ARC as part a blog tour hosted by Ardent Prose PR. I was not compensated in any way other than the e-ARC provided. Quotes are taken from the unpublished review copy and may differ from the final published version. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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