Phoebe likes Gage, but there's a problem—he's her brother's best friend. As the result of an extra-marital affair, Phoebe Bautista has had little contact with her dad, none with her step-mom, and her siblings have just recently learned of her of her existence. Now she goes to stay with them while her mom is on assignment in The Yukon for three months. As she tries to find her place and navigate the developing and rocky relationship with her temporary family, she begins to spend time playing music with her brother, Oliver, along with his best friend, Gage. Gage is cute, smart, has selective mutism, and makes Phoebe’s heart skip a beat, but she knows she has to fight her feelings for him, so she doesn’t ruin her growing bond with Oliver. But the more time the three of them spend together, the harder it becomes to ignore what she feels for Gage, especially when she learns he might like her too. And with her dad pretending everything’s fine, the fact that she might never belong anywhere, and knowing that she only has so much time with her new family, Phoebe might not make it out with her heart intact.
When Phoebe's mother gets a research grant to work for three months in the Yukon, her choices are limited. Go with her or stay with the father she barely knows and the siblings she doesn't know at all. Always feeling like the unwanted outsider, Phoebe finds a less than warm welcome. This family has problems of its own. Little does she know, they need her. Through sibling bonding, the family begins to heal as they accept her into their lives. Eventually, they don't want her to go.
Even if she does hide her relationship with her new brother's best friend. Will that jeopardize everything she never knew she wanted?
What I loved:
There's a sweetness hanging over this story even though many of the storylines are rather heavy. Everything is just so believable. The development of the romantic relationship is the kind that shows why YA romance is so popular - it leaves the reader smiling as the characters experience everything for the first time. Gage has many issues and watching Phoebe's acceptance of him and how much she cared about him was a treat. She's the kind of character that makes reading easy because you just want her to get everything she's dreamed of. She's truly special.
What was just okay:
Occasionally the melodrama with Oliver got a bit much, but at the same time, it was understandable with the issues he faced. I wish Phoebe and Gage hadn't hidden their relationship because anyone could tell that wouldn't end well.
A great addition to the YA romance genre that melts the heart and keeps you reading long into the hours of the night.