Raised in isolation and home-schooled by her strict grandparents, the only experience Birdie has had of the outside world is through her favourite crime books.
But everything changes when she takes a summer job working the night shift at a historic Seattle hotel. There she meets Daniel Aoki, the hotel’s charismatic driver, and together they stumble upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—is secretly meeting someone at the hotel.
To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell, and in doing so, realize that the most confounding mystery of all may just be her growing feelings for Daniel.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review but this did not affect my opinion at all.
Anyone who knows me at all will know that I am a sucker for a YA contemporary romance so when I heard about this book, I knew that I had to read it, especially after reading rave reviews about it from the US. Overall, I had a lot of fun reading this book and it is one of the cutest YA romances that I’ve ever read.
The most important part of a YA romance for me is liking both of the main two characters and wanting them to be together. Whilst there were times that I didn’t fully understand their relationship, overall I really loved their story. I think they were both strong characters on their own who went through their own character developments but they also worked well together as a pair. They learned how to talk to each other instead of avoiding the other when they felt awkward and uncomfortable.
What I wasn’t expecting from this book was how heavy it got at times. It deals with some dark topics at times to do with mental health as well as touching on a number of medical conditions that Birdie, Daniel and also her mother go through. I was expecting a cute contemporary romance but I got so much more than that.
The only thing that didn’t fully work for me was the mystery aspect of it. Whilst I really enjoyed it to begin with, it complete disappeared for the middle half of the book, only to come back right at the end with the whole thing being rushed. It felt like the author forgot about the mystery they were investigating in the middle because of the focus on their romance.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. This is the second Jenn Bennett book I’ve read but I really would love to read her other books since I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about them. She might end up becoming an auto-read YA contemporary author for me because of how fun and whimsical her books are.