With an alcoholic brother and a complicated friendship with her best friend's boyfriend, twenty-one-year-old Katie Winters has always used photography as an escape. But when a teacher prompts her to explore the very feelings she's been trying to ignore, Katie finds herself painting three mysterious words under an abandoned bridge: I miss you. The feeling is real, but after searching her memory, Katie can't think of anyone who she could have meant. Then Katie meets Robin, an environmental enthusiast familiar to Katie in a way she can't place. His presence plagues her with the feeling that the last time they met, something went horribly wrong. In pursuit of answers, Katie finds herself caught up in a world of secrets, troublemakers, barely-legal schemes, and images of a story that was lost long before her birth.
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The protagonist, Katie, is a young woman in her final year of undergrad. She's struggling with the usual issues of a final-year student -- capstone projects and what the heck she's going to do when she graduates. Then she meets Robin -- a stranger that she feels like she's met before. The two dance between uncertainty, friendship, and flirtation, all the while dodging the nagging idea that they have performed this dance before. When a student celebration and activism collide, Katie's group of friends implodes and she's left floundering between a forgotten past and an uncertain future. I'm not much of reader of this genre, so this was a definite foray outside my normal reading. I wasn't sure about the book until I read an excerpt posted during the Inkfingerz contest. The scene was quietly powerful and I knew I wanted to know the rest of the story. The writing was a bit different from what I'm used to and sometimes awkward, but the author shows a lot of potential. She has incredible insight into emotions and the confusion around heartbreak, friendship, and love. The story was fun, moving, and raw in turns. I am looking forward to future books by Amy Spitzfaden.
Loved this story--couldn't put it down.