Two broken hearts.
One night to set each other free.
Almost dying from an undiagnosed heart condition means every second of your life is a precious gift to be guarded.
Lena Pettitt was born a miracle.
And her parents never let her forget it.
Even if that daily reminder kept her from experiencing the one thing they were trying to protect most--her life.
Gabriel Martinez's heart has been ripped out.
His pride has been stomped on.
Oh, and he now has an arrest record that's caused an even bigger rift between him and his DA mother. All for a love that wasn't really true.
Now he's exiled to his grandmother's, working on his late grandpa's old Corvair, when a shivering girl knocks on the garage door. Lena, left alone for the first time ever, has locked herself out of her house. Gabe knows he could help this girl get back inside her house--but that may mean missing the next train to Boston to pick up the part he's spent eight weeks tracking down. She can wait for him at his grandmother's or...
A few hours, an aluminum valve cover, and some strong coffee later, neither Gabe nor Lena can feign disappointment when they race to the station and arrive just as the last train home from Boston is pulling out.
As jaded as he is, Gabe can't deny the fact that he's excited to spend the night exploring a city he knows nearly every corner of, with a girl who sees magic in the simplest things.
Lena has been waiting for her tiny world to crack open her entire life. Now that it's finally happened, she finds the only thing she can focus on is the unexpected tour guide who opens her eyes to possibilities she never imagined.
All they have is this one night, together, under the bright moon in a city full of hidden beauty.
It's one night that will change how they see the world and the paths their hearts will take forever.
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Lena and Gabriel meet when Lena locks herself out of her house when she is left alone unexpectedly for one of the first times in her 17 years of life. Lena suffered a congenital heart defect when she was born, required surgery and almost died. Her parents have never recovered from that scare so they coddle her and protect her at all costs, going so far as for her to be home-schooled. When Lena goes down the street in search of help she stumbles upon Gabe, who is staying at his grandmother's house after being forced there by his over-bearing and critical mother. Gabe has just recently broken up with his girlfriend and came to the realization that she was toxic and just used him to see how high he would go when she said jump. Gabe and Lena set off on a little adventure to pick up a part for his grandfather's old car that he is fixing up. The part is located in Boston and Lena gets to go on an adventure without her parents hovering over her. They both find the night becoming complicated and not going as smoothly as either of them envisioned but, an unexpected incident on the train ride home allows them a re-do and they actually spend the rest of the night seeing the places in Boston that Gabe likes and having fun together while learning more about each other. It was a cute read and the ending was good at giving you just a glimpse at how their lives are at some point in the future.
If I had to summarize this book with only a single word, it'd be: Beautiful. Thankfully I can use more than one word, because beautiful is not enough to encompass this amazing story. Everything about it is beautiful, from the cover, to the characters, to the journey they take. I thought I was in for a story that was going to leave curled up and sobbing. Instead, I found a story that certainly filled my eyes with tears, but none fell. Instead I finished this book with this sense of wonder and amazement. Lena and Gabe are two of the most unlikely people to ever become a couple, but somehow fate manages to introduce them to each other. I think Gabe and Lena are, were, perfect for each other. Lena is looking to break free from the confines of her parents and Gabe is looking for the love he used to have while trying to deal with the disappointments of his mother and ex-girlfriend, all while he tries to figure out who he is and wants to be. I love that this book was told through both their view points. It made the reading experience so much richer. I've never been to Boston, but I feel like I got to a little part of it through this book. I loved reading about the places Gabe took Lena and even the people, well most of them. I loved reading and experiencing Lena's sense of wonder and Gabe's too at being with Lena. I absolutely love Lena had this grand adventure and on one was aware of it. Not all moments in this book were light and happy. There were moments of sadness and moments when I was furious. I do wish Gabe's mother would realize what she was doing to her son and to herself by being selfish. My heart trembled when Gabe spoke of missing his father and grandfather, but broke when his Babci spoke to him, but didn't know what was going on. I loved they way he cared for his grandmother and his grandfather's car. If there ever was a story that made me appreciate my family and the love others have for me, this is it. We always seem to want more, not realizing how much we have. Steph Campbell has written a book that will stay with me for a long time. I loved reading this book and sincerely hope Steph will continue with Lena and Gabe's story. I'd also like to thank her for writing about something that's so personal to her and sharing it with us all.
Lucky enough to get an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This book had me riveted from the first page. I happen to love books that take place all in one night, but this is the best one I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Gabe and Lena came alive on the page. Their interactions were fresh and real. It's incredible how the book only spanned a single day, but I feel like the two characters grew and leaned so much. The romance was slow, sweet, and utterly beautiful. It was authentic, smart, and so simply gorgeous. Perfect, amazing YA. Definitely recommend this one. Wonderful job, Ms. Campbell. You are an amazing voice in YA.