Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)
The last thing Elise wants is to start her senior year in a new town. But after her brother’s death in Afghanistan, she and her mother move from San Francisco to a sleepy coastal village.
When Elise meets Mati, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Mati is new to town too, visiting the U.S. with his family. Over the course of the summer, their relationship begins to blossom, and what starts out as a friendship becomes so much more.
But as Elise and Mati grow closer, her family becomes more and more uncomfortable with their relationship, and their concerns all center on one fact—Mati is Afghan.
EEEEEKKKKK!! Omg! I’ve found a new favorite author! Katy’s writing has blown me away. Her characters were so real and lovable! My heart ached for them the entire book and i was ugly crying at the end. This book tackled so many issues. Learning to love and to trust and learning how to live with you heart when the deck is stacked against you. My heart broke for Elise for all she goes through in this book: dealing with her brothers death, wanting to love someone and being told not to. Also cuteness overload with her niece and how she named their dog Bambi. This book is super adorable!!!! 5/5 Stars.
***I received an e-arc of this book from Swoon Reads via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***