It's 1944, and high school senior Meg Michaels has always obeyed her grandparents' wishes, till now. They're urging her to give up her dream of Cornell University and accept a ring from wealthy Hank Wickham before he deploys overseas. But Meg has studied hard and yearns for something better than life in the rural Finger Lakes. Plus Meg's suddenly fascinated with her childhood friend, Arthur Young, a handsome Seneca Indian farm worker. When Meg and Arthur nurse a sick puppy to health, their friendship transforms into love. But locals look down on "injuns" and resent the fact that Arthur's farm job exempts him from military duty. While the war rages in Europe, Meg and Arthur must fight their own battles at home…
I love historical fiction. I really love historical fiction that takes place outside the big cities (NYC, London, San Francisco). I was also excited to read a YA WWII area novel (particularly because Meg would have been the same age as one of my grandmothers at the time-who was also from upstate NY).
I liked the snippets into daily life at the time and the bits of pop culture sprinkled in. I loved Arthur and his Native American culture.
I do think the story dragged a bit in the middle and that the story lacked a strong plot. It almost seemed to be missing something (I feel like a dual POV or timeline would really have helped). I would also have liked more of an ending.
This story did make me cry (there was one part that was particularly difficult to read). All in all a wonderful story. I really find I love YA historical fiction.