Top positive review
Best book yet
Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2018
Seventeen year old Natalie has a plan. Perhaps not the best laid plan that the title alludes to, but a plan nonetheless, to get her brother's best friend Aiden, to notice her as a woman, and not just as his friend's little sister, before he heads back to college for his junior year.
It works ... up to a point, that being him waking up the next morning, thanks to a few too many beers, with no memory of the night before. A night that subsequently resulted in a positive pregnancy test.
Thanks to a variety of factors, Natalie makes what seems to be the best choice available to her at the time, and keeps their forgotten encounter, and therefore the identity of the child's father, a secret.
That seems to work out okay for the next four years until Aiden moves back to town, and by a quirk of fate becomes Natalie's new boss, and the complicated becomes a cluster....
While playing fast and loose with a variety of popular romance tropes, with this book Author LK Farlow has produced in this book what is to my mind, primarily a coming of age story that's hopelessly entangled with a love story.
They say that with age comes wisdom, and even at twenty-one, Natalie can look back at the choices she made at seventeen and understand the implications and consequences that her younger self could never have imagined, and yet there's no going back and changing things.
The unfolding drama has almost every significant relationship in the story being tested. Not just the developing and maturing relationship between Natalie and Aiden, but between each of them and Natalie's parents and older brother, with almost everyone feeling betrayed in one way or another.
Over the last month or so I've read all of Farlow's preceding works and while I've enjoyed them all, this is far and away her best work yet. Set out with pathos and pacing, sensitivity and creativity, this story drew me in and kept me entranced, invested in not just the main players, but in the whole relational dynamic right to the very last page.