Published: May 11, 2004
Synopsis (Goodreads): Colie expects the worst when she’s sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast — first for being fat and then for being “easy” — Colie has no friends at home and doesn’t expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina. But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along.
Personal Thoughts: I found this book amazing. It was not what I was expecting. The struggles that Colie goes through are realistic and believable. Throughout the book you can see how she slowly starts to develop as a character and get more confidence. It is not an easy road but when I got to the end of the book, I felt like I could really relate to Colie, her character and her inner struggles.
The secondary characters: Morgan, Isabel, Norman and Mira were all lovable as well. They were the group of people who you knew were always going to be there for you no matter what happened to you or around you. Sarah Dessen’s writing style is genuine, and as you are reading it plays with your heart-strings. When the characters feel sad or angry, you feel the same emotions as well. She did an excellent job making both the protagonist and the secondary characters relatable and necessary to the story. If there was no Morgan, Isabel, Norman or Mira, I think the story and the feel of it would not have been the same.
Rating: 4/5 Stars