What I loved:
The quick pace. The book switched from Lauren to Colby's POV, and that doesn't mean each character had a chapter. Sometimes, the characters POV was just a few paragraphs long. I loved that! Not only did we get to read the same situations from both main characters, but the book moved quicker.
Colby. Oh my goodness. You have to love a boy who is strong on family, amazing at football, but yet has dreams of his own. I really connected with him. He felt a sense of duty to his father, but didn't know how to tell his dad that football isn't what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. I felt for him so deeply because he felt he had to hide part of himself away. I love how he felt about bridges. What an amazing character Ms. Schroeder created!
Lauren. At first we don't find out why Lauren is living with her aunt and uncle. The more I read about her, the more I adored her. She is loving, shy and it just hurt to read about how insecure she was. We learn why she's so insecure later, and then Lauren makes a lot more sense. I loved how Ms. Schroeder describes Lauren's feelings. I really felt like I was Lauren. She also feels a sense of duty to her mother and brother, but yet has dreams for herself. Reading about how these two characters realize that living their dreams is about them and not others was eye opening. I think that's something that teenagers, especially have a hard time with sometimes. Sometimes we feel so obligated to fulfill the role we think we're supposed to have that we lose sight of how to follow our own dreams.
I loved how each character finds the courage and strength to fight for themselves, and each other.
What left me wanting more:
Um...I would love a sequel!