A super precious love letter to Seattle and first loves.
Sticky sweet in every way. I absolutely adored this!
On the last day of Senior year, Rowan Roth wants to beat her archenemy, Neil McNair, one last time. The two have been in a brutal competition with one another since the start of high school, coming in first and second at almost EVERYTHING.
The rank of valedictorian is no different; a goal they have both been working towards. Early in the day, it is announced that Neil has won the honor, and Rowan is understandably crushed.
She now literally only has one opportunity left to beat him. Senior Howl, a scavenger hunt-type game arranged by the Junior class, and played by the Seniors on their last day.
Rowan is confident she has what it takes to go the distance with Howl. No one knows and loves the city of Seattle like she does. These scavenger hunt clues don’t stand a chance of stopping her.
When word gets out that a group of Seniors want to take Neil and Rowan out of Howl, the odd couple must team up and work together if they want to survive the night.
Please note, by survive the night, I just mean that people playing against them have the ability to tag them out of play, not literally that people are trying to kill them.
As the day and night go on, Rowan and Neil begin to open up to one another and something truly magical happens.
I have not felt this in love with two teens relationship since Love & Gelato. They are both incredibly smart, well-balanced characters and their banter back and forth was everything.
While the relationship between Rowan and Neil makes up the bulk of the story, this book also delves into some fairly serious topics as well.
I think as an examination of the feelings and concerns someone on the cusp of adulthood may have, Solomon did a great job. It’s a scary time, graduating high school and potentially leaving everything you have ever known behind.
It can be sad and scary, while also being exciting as you forge out on your own.
The dichotomy of those feelings can be incredibly confusing and I think the author did a phenomenal job of laying that out there.
Overall, I was really impressed with this. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves YA Contemporary stories.
I literally have no critiques. The more I think on it, the more I love it. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Rachel Lynn Solomon.
Thank you so much to the publisher, Simon Pulse, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. It was a blast!