Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Julia Durango and Tyler Terrones
Zeus has just moved to a small town from Chicago so his mother can follow her dreams and open up a health food cafe. He plans on having a boring summer delivering food from the cafe before starting his junior year at a new school. On one of the first days of summer, however, he meets Rose while delivering an order. She’s amazing on the piano, smart, funny, and insanely beautiful. But she has plans to attend a prestigious music high school in New York and he’s just an awkward junior. Luckily, over the summer, Zeus and Rose put worries for the future aside and decide to live in the moment instead. When complications arise, Zeus has to figure out how to balance love, family, and responsibility—and somehow convince Rose that what they have is more than just a summer fling.
This is a sweet, heartwarming first-love story that is told in a genuine teenage boy voice. Even the minor characters are real and well-developed. The story itself is funny and quirky with a lot of laugh-out-loud narration. What is most impressive about this book is the emphasis on making a teenage love story as real as possible—with all of the awkward moments and heart-fluttering glances and shy attempts at conversation. The authors do a wonderful job of capturing everything involved in young love, and while this book is not deeply literary or symbolic, teen romance fans will revel in the cute love story and uplifting side stories of Zeus’s family, his friends, and the nursing home residents. Overall, this is a wonderful book that readers will devour in as few sittings as possible.
*Contains severe language and mild sexual content.