Library Journal Review
Gr 9 Up-It's the beginning of George's senior year of high school and things are getting complicated. George's dad's health is in trouble; complications from diabetes have lead to his leg being amputated, and he isn't healing, physically or psychologically, like he should be. His inability to work adds financial stress on the family, which might change George's college plans. And to top it all off, George has a falling out with her best friend. But then she meets Francis and kisses him, and they start to fall in love. The problem is that Francis is 29 years old and the town's new constable. George is 17, and her dad used to be on the police force. The impropriety of George and Francis's relationship will both frustrate and exhilarate teens. The narrative unfolds as the two try to live normal lives while stealing time away for one another. When tragedy strikes, George must put the pieces of her life back together while grieving a broken heart in secret. Quiet and subdued, with gentle doses of humor, Francis and George's love story has emotional weight. The author explores the problematic love affair with nuance. -VERDICT A deeply felt romance constructed with equal respect to both sides, this love story is bittersweet like a Joseph Monninger novel, and equally hard to forget.-Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Dyer returns with a book about risking everything, even yourself, for a forbidden love. George (real name: Frances) Warren has senior year all planned out: partying with her friends, keeping the underclassmen in check, and maintaining her reputation as the unattainable girl every guy wants to sleep with despite her heart of stone. But a huge argument with her best friend creates a deep rift in her social circle. Worse, an injury that may leave her father out of work forces George to rethink her plans of attending a university far away from her uninspiring small town. Then she meets an older much older guy who not only shares her name (Francis) but her sarcastic sense of humor, and suddenly nothing else matters but him. George's flaws and lack of direction are what make her such a relatable character. With unpredictable plot twists and an entertaining streak of sarcasm, Dyer explores the blurred lines between right and wrong and the risks and dangers of an all-encompassing love.--Essien, Enobong Copyright 2017 Booklist