Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
Addie is in Ireland for her aunt’s destination wedding trying to forget what waits for her back home, humiliation and more heartbreak. At least the trip brings her closer to her best friend, Lina who moved to Italy at the beginning of summer, that is until a fight with her brother changes all her plans. As punishment she’s stuck with Ian who is ditching their trip to Italy to follow his own dreams with an Irish friend he met online, Rowan.
Rowan is nursing his own broken heart and Addie is drawn to him, wanting to help him and heal her own sadness. Though she isn’t going where she wanted to, perhaps this trip through Ireland will lead her where she needs to be.
This is mostly a story about heartbreak, it isn’t much of a romance though there are some sweet moments through the book. I knew this going in and I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it but it really suits the story. It’s more of a journey that Addie has to go on, it’s about growing up and dealing with things that are well above your maturity level in many ways. It’s about family and new friends learning about each other for the first time and again.
I really liked Addie, we don’t really learn why she’s so heartbroken until later on in the book and it was a great choice. This was insanely relatable for modern young women, especially with the world we’re living in. Addie’s scenario is more of a nightmare, but it’s entirely possible. I think everything was handled well.
Rowan was so adorable with his array of cat shirts, I just adored him but I kind of have a thing for Irish guys in general. I thought that his friendship with Ian and then with Addie was really sweet, especially how he and Addie started building each other up throughout the story. He was very understanding and tried to include her in Ian’s shenanigans.
All in all I believe this is a good read for young girls. It’s very sweet and handles some fairly serious topics thoughtfully. I really like the writing and the series, it’s a nice balance of sweet and realistic. It captures a certain age filled with potential where everything feels like it’s the beginning and the end.