So bottom line: I Fucking Loved This Book.
Now, that said, I must give fair warning because there are some of you out there who are just plain picky, and if you're not going to like it, then you should know now so you can skip it. There are some issues in this book that, while they didn't bother me, are hard limits for others.
1. Oh, the teenage angst. While this did not approach Amy Lane levels in my opinion, we are dealing with high school students who are dramatic and immature, as well as some pretty serious events that help tip the angst scale.
2. The Big Misunderstanding. This is probably the most irritating of all the issues, at least for me. It's one of those "just talk to each other, you idiots!" kind of things. But if you're giving allowances for the stupid teenager factor, you can almost succeed at overlooking it.
3. A serious case of time jumping. Basically, every other chapter alternates between the present and the past; however, the "past" chapters are not at all chronological. They jump all over the place. I'm one who is usually not bothered by time jumping, but even I was super confused at first until I started to get a feel for what was going on. If this is something you don't like, then you should skip this book. If it's something you don't mind, then just go into it prepared to be a little confused until the pieces start to fit, and you'll be fine.
4. Yes, it's first person, but not present tense.
5. All the sex is fade to black. No on-page smutty times. Personally, I'm finding that I prefer this these days.
6. This one will be the hard limit for most of you: There is cheating. Full on "you fucking idiot, what are you doing?!?!" cheating. It will take a cheese grater to your soul.
I am the type that can overlook almost anything if the author engages me, and that was the case here. In addition to the things above that I know can be sticky points for others, there were some other minor flaws. I thought the character of Adam could have been more fleshed out, and there were a few events that I felt were glossed over too much. I believe this was an intentional choice on the author's part, since while it was a pretty pivotal event for the character, it wasn't the true focus of the story, but I wanted more information about Nate's rape and the outcome of the trial. What happened to Andrew Cargill? Did that bastard go to jail??? I also would have liked a little more insight into Nate's therapy. Did he actually go? Did it help?
But ultimately, I just really loved it. It sucked me in, and I found that I cared about these characters and I was dying to know what happened to them. It was romantic and sweet and it made me laugh and it made me cry (metaphorically. I never actually cry, I have a heart of stone.) It made me FEEL things. It was an emotional roller coaster that I was more than happy to be on and I loved every moment of it.
In some ways it was kind of similar to [b:Something Like Summer|10213367|Something Like Summer (Season #1)|Jay Bell|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1294956195s/10213367.jpg|15086656], another book I adored (but Adam is nothing like Tim!!), and I find myself wishing J.H. Trumble would do what Jay Bell did, and write a "sequel" that shows the events from Adam's point of view. Just floating that out there, J.H. Trumble. Are you on Goodreads? Do you read your reviews??