This book perfectly speaks to messy teenage romance and feelings, and navigating friendship and romance, especially when the person you think you like is also your best friend. Maggie is such a fantastic protagonist, and I loved being a part of her journey of figuring out who she likes and wants to take to her sister’s Quince.
Maggie’s younger sister is getting ready for her quinceñera and as one of her damas, Maggie needs to figure out who she wants to take as her date. Her ex-boyfriend-returned-to-friend Matthew seems to be sending her mixed, confused signals on whether he likes her and wants to try again, further complicated by the fact he’s got a new girlfriend. Her best friend was one of her first crushes that she thinks she’s moved on from because Amanda is straight, but what if the touches and hugs between them mean more than Maggie initially thinks? And then there’s Dani, a girl who just moved to town and has her own baggage with past relationships and less-than-stellar reactions to work through. In order to figure out who Maggie actually likes, she decides for her art project to do a series of photographs on a private finsta with captions to navigate her emotions in a way she’s used to understanding the world.
This book is truly such a delight and gave me so many feelings while reading it. I related very much to Maggie working through her feelings and trying to figure out whether her feelings for her best friend are platonic or romantic. The complicated, messy friendships were so relatable and such a highlight of this book. I also loved Maggie’s relationships with her sisters Veronica and Alyssa, as well her mom and Veronica’s boyfriend CJ. Seeing all the different relationships and how much love there is for family and community was so well balanced and perfectly told this story. I truly just loved this book and cannot wait for more people to fall in love with Maggie’s journey.
Disclaimer: I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review purposes; this in no way influences my review.