A Walk in the Sun

Finished A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

In this Bridges of Madison County for teens, Michelle Zink weaves a magnetic tale about summer love that stays with you long after the seasons change.

Rose Darrow never wanted to spend her life working on her family’s farm. But when her family is rocked by an unexpected tragedy she has no choice but to put her plans for the future—and dreams of escaping her small town—on hold.

Bodhi Lowell left home as a kid and hasn’t looked back. Years of working farm jobs has given him the one thing he wants most: freedom to travel without answering to anyone. He’s already looking past his job at Darrow Farm and plans on leaving in September—until he meets Rose.

Neither Rose nor Bodhi can deny the sparks flying between them, but with the end of summer looming, they must decide if it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all….”

This book is an emotional roller-coaster.  It’s all about grief, but it’s also all about hope and love.

It’s incredibly appropriate that it centers around the summer after graduating from college, because that’s exactly how this book feels.  (Although even more so, because Rose’s mom has died fairly recently—less than a year ago—so it’s even more intense for her.)

But it’s also just the knowledge that everything is changing.  And even if you have so many things to look forward to (college, new adventures, new places), it’s still scary and sad.

I really enjoyed this book, and its love story.  (Because even beyond Bodhi and Rose, it’s about Rose’s love for her family and friends, as well as the farm where she grew up.)

I’m probably not doing the book justice, so just read it.  :)

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