Working with her best friend
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I flung a glob of black paint at the canvas, pretending it was Aiden's head.
My best friend Zoe entered the old garage turned art studio in back of my house and pointed at my latest artistic endeavor. "What are you doing?"
I repeated the maneuver and enjoyed the wet splatting sound the paint made when it hit the canvas. "I call this piece 'Artistic Anger Management.'"
"Is Aiden still playing the we're-just-friends game?"
"Yes, and he's acting like we never kissed." That ticked me off the most. Because we had kissed, and it had been awesome, or so I'd thought. But perhaps he didn't agree.
I studied the black-and-red modern art project that was the expression of my abject frustration over the object of my affection. "I think it needs some orange."
Zoe frowned. "Maybe you should ask him out."
"Nope. We had one official date, and since then, all we've done is hang out with you and Grant. You guys are attached at the lips half the time, which you'd think would inspire Aiden to try and kiss me, but so far, not so much." And I'd initiated the kiss on our first date, so it was his turn to make a move.
"Sorry," Zoe said. "I could ask Grant to help prod him along."
"Don't you dare." I flung a glob of orange paint at the canvas and watched as it smacked dead center, sending out tentacles of color. "It's not like he's the only datable guy on the planet." And not that I'd say it out loud, but I didn't think I should have to work to make a guy like me. Either he wanted to kiss me, or he didn't.
"Fine." Zoe sat on the wooden bench, which was the only piece of furniture in the room. "We really need to get you a couch. This thing is not comfortable."
"If you're going to decorate the place for me, I want a couch and a coffeemaker."
"Sure, I'll get right on that," Zoe said. "On to more important matters. What do you want to do this weekend?"
"I'm still waiting to hear back from Betty's Burgers."
Things had been a little tight around my house since the washing machine and the water heater had both crapped out in the same week. You'd think appliances would have the decency to die a few paychecks apart, but apparently not, which made me feel bad about asking for money. I'd rather work part-time at Betty's Burgers and Pies after school to pay for my artistic habits than watch my mom or dad dig into their anorexic wallets.
My cell rang. I checked the caller ID. Betty's Burgers flashed across the screen. Fingers crossed, I answered the phone.
One short conversation later, I was newly employed. After hanging up, I played it cool, walking over to the sink and rinsing out my paintbrushes. "So do you want to come with me to Betty's to pick up my uniform?"
"You got the job?" Zoe asked. "That's great."
I put the brushes in the drying rack, turned around, and struck a movie star pose. "You are looking at the new Pie Princess."
"I even get my own tiara." The job entailed serving and boxing up pies at the dessert counter. If anyone eating dinner had a birthday, I'd serve them a piece of pie topped off with a candle while singing "Happy Birthday." So much less complicated than being a regular waitress. The only down side was I'd be working with Jack, Zoe's older brother, also known as Jack-the-Jerk. He pretty much felt like my older brother because I'd known him forever and had the according amount of disdain for him.
"Don't tell Jack the good news. I want it to be a surprise. Now let's go pick up my tiara."
"I'm parked behind you, so I can drive," Zoe said with a little too much enthusiasm.
What is that about? When I rounded the house to the driveway, a block-shaped blue SUV sat parked behind my truck. "You got a new car?"
Zoe gestured toward the SUV like a floor room salesman. "Allow me to introduce you to Francine. She's a 2012 Sky Blue Metallic Subaru Forester with many years of life left in her. Or so the used-car salesman convinced my mom."
"That's awesome. I bet Jack is ticked off."
"Not really. They gave him the option to trade in his car, but he said my grandmother's old Honda Accord gets better gas mileage, so he wasn't interested. Plus this way, we don't have to share a vehicle anymore which means, according to my grandmother, we should fight less."
I laughed. "Having your own car won't stop Jack from being an overbearing jerk."
"True, but this worked out in my favor, so I don't care. Now let's go pick up your uniform."
I climbed into the Subaru and buckled my seat belt. Since Zoe's grandfather and father had died from injuries sustained in the same car crash, I wasn't surprised they'd bought her a super-safe automobile.
"When do you start your reign as the Princess of Pie?" Zoe asked.
"Tomorrow night. So I can't go out with you."
"That sort of sucks."
"You've gotta do what you've gotta do." And secretly, I didn't mind. Hanging around Aiden, trying to figure out what was going on in his brain, had become an unhealthy hobby. Who knows? Maybe I'd meet a great guy while I was working at Betty's. Who could resist a girl in a retro waitress uniform wearing a tiara?
I pulled into the employee parking lot at Betty's Burgers and Pies with five minutes to spare. Sometimes working at a burger-and-pie joint sucked, but I liked getting out of the house, and it wasn't a difficult job. I parked my car and jogged over to the back door. The outdoor grills were up and running. The scent of hamburgers and barbecue drifted through the cool fall air, making my mouth water.
"Hey, Jack." Todd waved at me from one of the grills. "Did you hear Betty hired a new Pie Princess?"
"I don't know her name yet, but she's hot." Todd grinned. "You should ask her out."
Dating someone you worked with had bad idea written all over it, but Todd, who was a few years older than me and had been dating the same girl since sixth grade, seemed to be under the impression he was my wingman. "I'll check her out."
I headed to the front register, where Betty herself was ringing up customers. "What are you doing out here?" I asked, stepping in to take her place.
"Keeping an eye on the new girl." Betty nodded toward the bakery case to my right. "So far, so good. She's a genius with those ribbons, and she can actually sing 'Happy Birthday' on key."
"That's a plus." Jenny, the last girl who'd been in charge of birthday pie, couldn't carry a tune to save her life. Kids had cried when she sang to them. Not the recipe for a happy birthday.
"It's your turn to spy. Let me know if she has any problems."
That made me feel sort of creepy, but I nodded. "Sure." I took care of the next guy in line while I checked out the girl who was boxing up a pecan pie and decorating it with some sort of fancy ribbon. Watching her wouldn't be a hardship. She made the retro waitress uniform look good. If she looked as good from the front as she did from the back, maybe I would ask her out.
She turned around and handed the box to the customer at the counter, and my world turned sideways. It was Delia. My younger sister's annoying best friend. The girl who was practically a member of my family. When had she become hot? I blinked, hoping maybe I'd seen wrong. Nope. Same blonde hair with hot-pink stripes, which I'd always thought was stupid. Now, wearing the Pie Princess tiara and some sort of glittery lip gloss, she looked wild and kind of sexy. And that was just wrong.
I focused my attention on the cash register, taking money and making change. God forbid I make eye contact with her and she could tell what I'd been thinking.
When the line dwindled down to zero, I straightened out the receipts and opened the box of Bic pens we kept under the counter to add a few more to the mason jar by the cash register. Customers always seemed to walk off with the pens. Maybe Betty should install those pens on chains, like they had at the bank.
"Are you pretending I don't exist?" Delia's voice came from behind me.
Startled, I dropped the pens, which rolled in all directions on the hardwood. I turned to her and pointed at the floor. "Your fault."
She laughed. "Oops."
I squatted down and picked up half a dozen Bics. "So you're the new Pie Princess."
"Yes. I impressed Betty with my ribbon-curling skills, the fact that I don't mind singing 'Happy Birthday' to strangers, and my complete lack of embarrassment about wearing a tiara." She pointed at the ridiculous silver crown on her head.
"Did that always have pink rhinestones?" I didn't remember them from before.
"No." She framed her face like she was posing for a picture. "I bedazzled it to match my hair."
"Of course you did."
A farmer in dust-covered overalls came up to the register and smacked his receipt down on the counter. "I don't have all day, son."
Delia retreated back to the dessert case, while I focused on not cursing the man out. This guy was just a jerk who was in a hurry. He didn't know my dad had died a few years ago and that anyone calling me "son" made me want to punch them in the throat.
I picked up the receipt along with the twenty he'd laid on the counter. "How was everything?"
"Fine." He jerked his thumb toward the dessert case, where Delia was cutting a slice of pie for a customer. "New Pie Princess?"
"Can she sing?"
I'd heard Delia belting out songs along with the radio since she was five. While she wouldn't make it to the final round on America's Got Talent, she wasn't bad, so I nodded as I counted out his change.
He stuck a dollar in my tip jar. "Good to know."
The dinner rush started, and I spent the next two hours taking cash and making change. Out of the corner of my eye, I caught glimmers of hot pink rhinestones or maybe that was Delia's hair. Either way, I ignored it. Delia had been a pain in my ass for more than a decade. She'd come home with Zoe during kindergarten and had never gone away. To make matters worse, she was into the best friend of the tool my sister was dating. Tool was the friendliest term I could use when I thought about Grant. He wasn't quite the asshole I originally thought, but I still didn't like him with my sister.
Over the next couple of hours, it was strange to witness Jack being polite to everyone at Betty's. He'd been a thorn in my side since I'd started hanging out with Zoe. Then again, he was paid to be polite at work, so that didn't mean it was a predominant personality trait.
"If I hadn't seen it, I wouldn't believe it," an all-too-familiar male voice said behind me. I turned to find the object of my possibly unwanted affection, Aiden, studying me with a perplexed look on his face. He wore that look around me a lot. Maybe that was part of the problem. I didn't fit into his people-shape-sorter.
Zoe stood behind Aiden, holding Grant's hand. This had to be her meddling. Aiden had never been to Betty's Burgers before.
"What are you doing here?" I asked, like I hadn't already figured it out.
"Zoe called Grant and asked him if he wanted to grab a burger while I was at his house, so he invited me to come along." He pointed at my tiara. "Why are you wearing a crown?"
I adjusted my freshly bedazzled headgear. "It's a tiara, and it's part of the uniform when you're the Pie Princess."
"And it doesn't bother you to wear it?" He pushed his glasses up on his nose, framing his coffee-colored eyes.
"Are you kidding? It feels like the accessory that's been missing from my wardrobe all my life." I struck a pose. "Admit it. You think I look awesome."
He chuckled and shoved his hands in the front pockets of his jeans. "You always look good, but that tiara is ridiculous."
I latched onto the first part of that statement and ignored the second. A waitress came over to me with a piece of paper. "Excuse me, but you're up, Pie Princess. The little girl at table four wants chocolate cream pie for her birthday, with extra whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles."
"Duty calls. I'll come visit you guys if I can." Turning my back on Aiden, I cut a piece of pie, added a mountain of whipped cream and a dash of chocolate sprinkles. Now where were the birthday candles? I checked all three drawers, and of course, they were in the last spot I looked. Hopefully, Betty wasn't timing me. After adding the candle and lighting it, I was ready to make my debut ... but wait a minute ... I had no idea where I was going, and the waitress who'd told me about the birthday girl was nowhere in sight. Several of the tables had families with little girls. Crap. I sidled over to Jack. "Which one is table four?"
He looked at me like I was an idiot.
"While you're judging me, a little girl is waiting for her pie."
He pointed out the table without commenting, and I approached the little girl and her family. "Is it someone's birthday?" I asked, because I wouldn't put it past Jack to lie to me for his own amusement.
"It's mine." A kindergarten-aged girl wearing a Hello Kitty dress wriggled in her booster seat.
"Do you want me to sing?" All conversation in the dining room stopped. Good thing I didn't mind being center stage.
"Yes, please," the girl said.
I cleared my throat and sang "Happy Birthday," sticking to the basics, not adding any embellishments or many mores at the end. The little munchkin blew out her candle and dug in. Mission accomplished. Now on to my sales pitch. "Would either of you like to order a piece of pie?" Betty had stressed the order part because she wanted the parents to know that the free pie was limited to one piece for the birthday boy or girl.
"We'll split a piece of pecan," the mom said.
"Speak for yourself," said her husband. "I want my own slice. If you can't finish yours, I'll take care of it for you."
The wife laughed. "Fine. Two pieces." She pointed at her husband. "And if you aren't sharing, neither am I."
"I'll have those right out for you."
I headed back to the dessert case. Zoe waved at me from across the room where she sat with Grant and Aiden. I nodded at her and went to cut two more slices of pie.
When there was a lull of customers waiting for dessert and no one in line to check out, I approached Jack. "I know you'll be painfully honest, so how did I do?"
"If you're fishing for compliments, go ask Aiden."
And there was the Jack I knew and didn't care for. "I'm not asking you to stroke my ego. I'm asking what Betty will think."
What could I say? "Your singing didn't make the little girl cry, and you sold the family extra pie. She won't fire you."
Okay. I was being a bit of jerk, but it was self-defense. I didn't need Delia hanging around and becoming chatty with me. I wasn't here to be her BFF or her personal tour guide on how Betty's Burgers worked. She could pick it up as she went along, just like everyone else had.
"Thanks," Delia muttered and went back to her post.
When my shift ended, I headed out to my car, which was finally all mine. My mom and grandma had gotten sick of Zoe and I griping at each other about whose turn it was to use the car, so they'd bought her a butt-ugly powder blue SUV I wouldn't be caught dead in. The silver Accord had a few dings, but it was still way cooler than Francine, which was a stupid name for a car, if you asked me. Everyone thought of this as my grandma's car. Not me. It was the car my grandpa had secretly taught me how to drive when I was fourteen. I was responsible for several of the dings on the fender, which he'd taken the blame for. Driving the car reminded me of him and made me feel like part of him was still around, like maybe he was watching over me.
I made a pit stop at home for a shower and then headed to a bonfire at Trevor's house. After his older brother had OD'd a few years ago, his parents liked to know where he was at all times. Sometimes it sucked, but it also meant they always had good food, the coolest video games, and the latest movies. Tonight it was supposed to be all-you-could-eat pizza and breadsticks. After working with burgers all day, pizza sounded good.
There were a dozen cars lining the side of Trevor's driveway when I pulled up. The good thing about living in the middle of nowhere is you could park your car wherever you want. No need to find a skinny spot between two yellow lines. As long as you didn't mess up someone's landscaping or garden, you were golden.
I parked behind the last car and walked up the gravel drive toward the bonfire I could see out back. The scent of wood smoke filled the air. It smelled like fall. I loved this time of year. It always seemed like a fresh beginning. We were a few months into the school year, and Thanksgiving break was just around the corner.
"Jack." Trevor waved at me from his seat on the split-log bench we'd made this past summer.
"Hey, how's it going?" I asked.
"Pretty good." He leaned back on his elbows and then nodded to the right. "See for yourself."
Excerpted from "Boomerang Boyfriend"
Copyright © 2017 Chris Cannon.
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In any teen drama you need a few things. Family conflict, emotionally charged kids, and some average problems that seem like totally so much worse. This book hits all key items for this teen drama where the little sisters bestfriend and the older brother start to fall for each other. This is one of those taboo teen things. You don't fall for your bestfriends brother or sister. It can just become too awkward. Even just being regular friends can be tough if the siblings are just little kids. I've seen it happen with my brother and his girlfriend, they broke up and not only broke each others heart but also our little sisters. The characters were interesting in this book because they weren't made to sound so overly dramatic that teens tend to be. Jack is a mostly content kid who from time to time deals with his grief over his father and grandfather by lashing out at those closest to him. Delia is Jack's little sister Zoe's best friend. She's an artsy type that pretty much lives at Jack and Zoe's house because her parents are always away working nights. So she is mostly alone. I did receive a free e-copy of this book from the publisher so my review is going to be based off that and I bring that up because the following criticism might not be valid in the finalized version of the book. This was a nice story to read, but I do feel like there are some things that could be improved upon. One thing is the scene changes feel clunky and snapped into place. For an example Jack was upset at one point and he just walks off. He doesn't notice anyone else around him. It's like Jack "blah blah…" and he walks away. There's was nothing like "he noticed the sad look his mother gave him as he turned away" or anything like that. As an adult reader I can assume because of the mothers feelings being expressed in other scenes of the book but I feel like things like that could have added so much more to the story.
3.5 stars - Cute and Fun I love reading Entangled Teen (Crush) books. They’re fun, adorable, and easy to read. This book sounded very cute and fluffy, so of course I had to request for it. Plus the cover immediately gave me swoony feels. The plot was fast-paced and humorous. I had a few laughs here and there and loved it. However, there were some parts that just irked me. There’s some drama too, but it just didn’t work for me. Oh, but there were a lot of entertaining moments with dogs. And I love dogs… so I really enjoyed those parts. The characters were decent and somewhat relatable. I really liked Delia. She’s confident, artistic and not afraid to stand out. She’s definitely my favorite. Not sure how I feel about Jack. He’s guarded, incredibly moody, and a bit of a jerk sometimes. I know he had valid reasons, but I just couldn’t feel for him. Trevor was so funny and I liked him a lot. He kept the story interesting and fun. I didn’t care much for Aidan or Zoe. Actually, Aidan annoyed me. I see why he acted the way he did, but I just couldn’t connect with him. I liked Delia and Jack together, but I wasn’t crazily swooning over them. I thought their chemistry was a bit lacking and missing all the feels. I just wanted more oomph, more build-up, more intensity… just more FEELS. Nevertheless, I thought the romance was still cute and enjoyable. There were a few sweet moments between them that I really liked. They also brought out the good in each other and I liked that about them too. Overall, Boomerang Boyfriend by Chris Cannon is a quick, entertaining, and cute read. Even though this isn’t my favorite Entangled Teen (Crush) book and I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would, I still enjoyed it and had fun. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a nice YA contemporary that can be finished in a day or so. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. To read more of my reviews, visit sincerelykarenjo [dot] wordpress [dot] com.
xthe theory of the boomerang boyfriend is pretty simple. he's the one who runs, but always comes back. delia has been jack's little sister's best friend forever. she's over at their house so often he finds himself running away. truth is, he's never really spent time with delia until she gets a job as the pie girl at the burger joint he works at. suddenly delia is everywhere he is and there is nowhere to run. and for the first time ever they actually talk. and suddenly delia isn't his little sister's annoying best friend. and jack isn't sure what to do about that. if he's even ready to deal with that. delia is just as stunned to realize that her best friend's older brother isn't the jerk she always thought he was. this change in perspective affects more than just them. zoe, jack's sister and delia's best friend, also figures into their romance. if anything goes wrong their relationships would all be affected. and at the same time, whatever is happening between them is something that shouldn't involve her. they can't live their lives worry about what zoe will think and feel. so it's an interesting dynamic for all of them. because the truth is jack and delia are very different people. they handle things differently and this makes their relationship more volatile because they don't always understand where the other person is coming from. but as much running as jack does, he keeps coming back to delia. because there is something about her that calls to him. boomerang boyfriend was a sweet young adult contemporary. the friendships and cast of characters are all well drawn, and i enjoyed reading this. **boomerang boyfriend will publish on september 11, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (crush) in exchange for my honest review.
Delia is Jack's sisters best friend. She is always at Jacks house, and it feels like she is almost like family. He sees her as an annoying younger sister figure and has never thought of her as anything more. That is until she ends up getting a job at his work place, and they end up taking some art classes together. When his sister isn't by Delia side, he begins to notice her as more than an annoyance. Delia's mum and dad work a lot. She finds herself hanging out with her best friends most of the time. Zoe, her best friend has a boyfriend, and Delia is interested in his friend, Aiden. They kissed once, and now she can't work out why he's been acting strangely. The more she tries to figure Aiden out the more she seems to notice Jack. She must be having a boy break-down because Jack is a jerk. He's not boyfriend material. For the most part, I enjoyed reading this book. Both Jack and Delia are loveable. There were so funny parts in the book, and there was more to the story than just the two of them. However, there were certain parts of the story I found a little irritating. Delia and Jack seem to start finding each other physically attractive rather than mentally. I know they have known each other a long time, but I felt Delia was just looking for a boyfriend rather than the perfect one. The other love interest, Aiden was my least part of the story. Delia not dating him was a big part of this book, and I just didn't love it. I felt she could have been more supportive of his situation. I didn't like her obsessing over someone who was hot, and then cold. 3.5 stars out of 5. *ARC received in exchange for a fair review*
Gah! I loved this book so much. It is exactly the kind of book I like to read. I loved watching Jack and Delia struggle with the feelings they start feeling toward each other. I loved watching Delia slowly begin to realize that maybe Jack wasn't such a jerk after all. Chris Cannon did an excellent job showing Jack's flaws and inner struggles with the death of his father and grandfather. His reaction felt realistic and broke my heart a little bit. I just wanted so badly for him to let Delia into his life to help cheer him up a little. Also, the dogs in this book were SO FUN. They were the best comic relief. I loved the themes of family, togetherness, and healing. Boomerang Boyfriend left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling that lasted for days after reading.
Loved this book! It's fun, sassy, and sweet. A great clean YA read that all ages can enjoy. Delia is a fun loving free spirit that spends as much time at Jack's house with his sister as she does her own. With her parents work schedules they are hardly ever home so why not?? Now Jack has to put up with her at work too? It could all be too much, or...... A great read you don't want to miss. I highly recommend it.
"Boomerang Boyfriend" was overall a cute YA romance, but it felt a little full of drama at every turn with everything a bit more stretched out than it needed to be. We follow Delia and Jack in alternating points-of-view. Delia is Jack's little sister Zoe's BFF and she practically lives at their house because her parents work long hours to be able to afford their house/middle class lifestyle. Since they have been hanging out all the time since she was little, she has known Jack forever- and he fits into the annoying older brother role for her as well as Zoe. Lately, Delia has been quasi-dating Zoe's boyfriend's BFF, Aidan, who has been giving her mixed signals and kind of put her in the friend-zone. Delia is a confident young woman with really fantastic conflict management skills and a lot of maturity that lead her to confront Aidan and figure out where they stand (which is just as friends, no more). So when she starts hanging out with Jack more, in art class, and at her new job where they are both employed, things start to evolve in that relationship as well. I'll admit that I didn't really see it coming and was surprised that their feelings started to change/it didn't really feel like it fit at first. Then it just seemed to be one thing after another- of misunderstandings, secrets, and drama-drama. I felt like it took them FOREVER to get together, and then it was just one thing after another. The best part of the book is Delia's bright and confident personality- she's not the shy wallflower waiting for the guy to make all the moves. However, all the drama made it feel a bit slow and I found Jack a little harder to like (maybe because I haven't read the previous books, but I am not sure). He was a bit abrasive at times and seemed so different from Delia (which can sometimes be a good thing). Overall, I liked it enough to read all of it and to wait for them to finally be together, but I wish the book was even shorter and had less of the drama. It's a very clean book, and it's relatively short, so people who like a lot of drama (jealousy, secret relationships) in their YA romance will probably enjoy it quite a bit! While it's not one of my favorites, the bright personality and strength of Delia still made it a really fun read for me overall. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
Fun little YA contemporary romance. A little slow to start, but Chris Cannon's characters are just so likable. The perfect book for a rainy day when you need a bit of sunshine.
Three and a half stars. I have to admit, I misread the blurb on NetGalley when I requested this book and thought, for some reason, that Delia was best friends with Jack's brother not his sister! Anyhoo, Delia has been best friends with Zoe for ever and spends probably more time at Zoe and Jack's house than her own. Delia's parents work anti-social shifts and appear to be a bit switched-off, they don't remember to buy food and sometimes it seems as though Delia is the adult taking care of her feckless parents. Having said that, money is clearly tight and her parents love her, they just aren't often THERE. Zoe and Jack have been touched by tragedy when their father and grandfather were killed in a car crash, at first their mother also seemed to have checked out but she seems to be doing better. They all three live with Zoe and Jack's grandmother. Zoe is dating Grant and Delia had high hopes of dating Grant's best friend Aidan, but he has firmly friend-zoned her after she spontaneously kissed him. Delia is starting work at Betty's Burgers as the new dessert princess - basically she serves slices of cake and sings happy birthday if someone has a birthday (when they get a free slice of cake). Jack already works at Betty's which is a problem because Jack is a complete jerk. But it seems as though the fates are conspiring against Delia because not only does she have to see Jack every time she spends time at Zoe's house AND work with him but as his class' art teacher has left suddenly he is also taking art classes at school with her. But as they are forced into even close proximity Jack and Delia discover they may have more in common than they thought and the person who irritates them the most may also see them the best. I have tagged this as "angst-angst-angst" because of Delia's parents and Jack and Zoe's situation and Jack's best friend whose brother died of an overdose, heck even Aidan has problems at home. But at the same time I have tagged it as low-angst because these things are just background and the actual plot is relatively angst-free. I liked this, but I didn't love it. I see from Goodreads that this is the third in the Boyfriend Chronicles series and although it can definitely be read as a stand-alone there is definitely the feel that maybe I missed something - perhaps the start of Delia's crush on Aidan? Overall, a sweet YA romance about your best friend's older brother, it's got dogs and pie and art jokes and it's about normal kids with normal names, albeit that some of them have had to deal with some difficult circumstances. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.