I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review.
Penny Beck is a girl who says yes when she means no. She keeps to herself, follows the rules, and does what she’s told. After a disastrous experience with her boyfriend, she’s determined to change from the spineless person she’s always been into the strong woman she wants to become. All she needs is a little practice. On a cross-country trip to check on her grandpa, she strives to become bolder and more outspoken with the strangers she meets. Penny’s plan is to practice saying and doing what she wants without worrying about what anyone else thinks. Then she meets Archer, an introspective loner to whom she finds herself drawn. She realizes she does care what he thinks, very much. Will Penny be able to stick to her plan, or will she revert back to her people-pleasing ways?
I’m not usually inclined towards coming-of-age novels but this book had me hooked right from the beginning! It had real characters and totally not stereotypical. The story was not too tragic for her to change but she wants to.
I loved Penny as she and I are very similar: we’re both 18, trying to grow up but when we finally do, it’s usually looked down upon (at least for me) and the struggles. She has seven younger siblings and she still thinks she’s not strong enough! She and I both need confidence boosts sometimes and I loved the way Archer helped her through it all.
I had a wonderful experience of reading this book. I could relate to Penny and she’s going strong. I like her. I like how she handles her Grandfather and the baby. I like how she is determined to speak her mind, even if it hurts them because she knows she’s not going to stay long. I loved the way the new city grew around her and became her home.
Recommendation: YA lovers, Coming-of-age lovers will absolutely love this book!