It’s not just a weekend for Lux Castelo. She has a plan, of course.
Phase One: Escape to the beach for a music festival.
Phase Two: Deal with what she can’t control.
Phase Three: Return to reality whole and ready.
Nowhere in that plan is Micah Jacinto, self-proclaimed adventurer and the kind of boy with his head stuck in the clouds and the moon inked on his arm—everything her rational sense tells her to stay away from. And yet Lux finds herself welcoming the distraction. As they spend the entire weekend together, Micah leads her to rediscover the lost pieces of herself amidst the excitement and the confusion of a raving mosh pit.
But all weekends come to an end and Lux needs to return to the dreaded reality she’s running away from. Does being brave enough to leave summer behind mean being brave enough to ask Micah to stay?
The main character has mental health issues and self-harms.
More like a happy for now.
It was a bit rambly and incoherent at times but when it wasn't it was beautifully written.
It's told from the pov of Lux who I struggled to connect with.
She was running away from, well, life at the beginning of the novel and running towards a music festival. That was easy enough to wrap my head around but the rest of her thinking... Not so much.
Simply put, the chick has issues and I just couldn't relate to her at all.
Her impulses and her way of thinking was so foreign to me, it jarred horribly.
I was at 10% and seriously considering DNFing the book but I persisted and I'm glad I did.
For on the bus to the music festival, she meets a boy.
A sweet, chatty, interesting and persistent boy who doesn't let her shut him out and they form the most amazing connection that was addictive to read about.
However, despite the magical connection and weekend they share, the book is almost painfully realistic in the way things play out.
Meeting a wonderful boy, who she could one day love, does not heal Lux. It doesn't make her problems go away. This is not a 'love cures all' type of book. It's a book designed to foster understanding. To promote acceptance and tolerance.
Lux doesn't think anyone can deal with her, Micah thinks that she'd worth it: Dark places, scary times and all.
The book is sweet, beautiful and hopeful.
It leaves you feeling optimistic for their future but doesn't delve into the future.
I ended up liking it but, at the same time, not.
It was just a little too real for the light-hearted summer read I was expecting.
I love the old school look of the cover and the summery vibes.
"I’m afraid of falling and never getting back up."