We are introduced to Rikki when she is about to graduate 8th grade. She receives her 1st kiss, in the game of 7-minutes in heaven. Sam, the tall length guy that kisses her, unexpectedly makes her heart race and knees weak. When she tries to talk to him about it the next day at school his non-vocal answer makes it loud and clear enough for Rikki. From that moment on she decides she wants nothing to do with him ever again.
Rikki is a smart girl: valedictorian of her class, history major and a control freak. She tries to controls her: emotions, image, time, physical relationships, and her reaction towards men; well one certain man. She rather stand back and not let anyone near her, then let someone in. Rikki is terrified that she may end up with a broken heart and unable to fix herself.
Personal: As a person with control freak issues, I totally can relate to Rikki. It is difficult to put your guard down and allow people in. One thing that she learns is when you release the control – of things you recognizes you are unable to change – you begin to feel free. She is a good person and always tries to find the good in others.
What I really enjoyed about this story, was Sam. He was an all-around good guy. He did all he could to make those around him comfortable and happy. He was willing to sacrifice going to college to stay at home and help his family. Even though the story is told from Rikki POV, we get glimpses of Sam’s true personality and intentions.
With some unfortunate situations that occur in Sam’s life during their senior year, Rikki and Sam end up thrusted at each other again. They both head off to college, and end up in the same dorms with the same group of friends. As if life cannot become more complicated, Rikki is questioning all she knows about her feelings towards the hot musician, Jason, and her long time archenemies, Sam.
This book is a clean book. Nothing super dirty. Some profanity. Active drinking, drugs, smoking, talk of sex and virginity. It is a mild New Adult novel.
So if you think or are questioning if you should read this book. I say go for it.