Something about Will set off ALL of my warning bells, and I spent the entire book on the edge of my seat thinking he was a creeper like David in the film An Education! I suppose that feeling adds to the frisson of excitement that Ellie finds with him, but as a mother whose daughter studied in Ireland for a while, it just made me nervous!
I'm always looking for teen romances that are appropriate for middle school readers, and this was good in several regards. There was the phrase "having sex" and a discussion of a mother giving her daughter condoms, but nothing graphic. This was an interesting depiction of a girl learning to be on her own and navigate life, and I think this will resonate with my readers who have moved on to high school books and topics. Definitely purchasing, and was tickled to find out that the author lives in my area!