by Jody Gehrman
Release Date: 04/14/15
Summary from Goodreads: Dakota McCloud has just been accepted into a prestigious art school. Soon she’ll leave behind the artists’ colony where she grew up―hippie dad, tofu since birth, yurt―and join her boyfriend and best friend on the East Coast. It was the plan…until Dakota finds out her boyfriend and best friend hooked up behind her back.
Hurt and viciously betrayed, Dakota pours out her heart on a piece of paper, places it in a bottle, and hurls it into the ocean. But it doesn’t quite go where she expects…
Jack Sauvage finds the bottle washed up on the shore and responds to Dakota’s letter. Except what if his straight-laced life doesn’t jive with the free-spirited girl he’s only seen from afar? As Jack creates a persona he believes she’ll love, they slowly fall for each other with each new letter. Now Jack is trying to find a way to make this delicate, on-paper romance happen in real life…without revealing his deception.
My Review: I want to say thanks to YA Bound Book tours and the author for providing this book for me to read. I really wanted to read this book. I really had high hopes don’t get me wrong 3.5 stars is still a pretty high rating but it wasn’t as good ad I hoped. Though you should read this book because it was super cute and very nice concept. Some people could have related which makes this story even better.
To me the book was very slow and didn’t have as much drama as I was hoping. I really enjoyed this book. Dakota is a great character because she is shy but has that innocence that a lot of people want or have. I could relate to her on the level of being feeling alone at times and not ever being a risk taker. She wasn’t as annoying as some characters throughout different books. Basically she sends a note into a bottle thinking someone will get. Well that guys name is Jack well he pretends to be someone else who lives in the place she wants to visit. I thought this was funny and it adorable because he got close to her by being himself. I think that maybe surprised him a lot. And you got to read this cute adorable notes and emails from back forth through them. I loved how they became close and cute together.
About the Author: Jody Gehrman is a native of Northern California, where she can be found writing, teaching, reading, or obsessing over her three cats most days. She is also the author of ten novels and numerous award-winning plays. Her Young Adult novels include The Truth About Jack, Audrey’s Guide to Black Magic, Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft, Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Bettys in Love. Babe in Boyland was optioned by the Disney Channel and won the International Reading Association’s Teen Choice Award. Her adult novels are Bombshell, Notes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin. Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She is a professor of English and Communication Studies at Mendocino College.