We know that there is a huge disaster that has happened in Jessica's life and the author gives us bits and pieces as the novel goes on. I like how she lets us know what the disaster is, then later on reveals the rest of the details that make it even more tragic. Jessica has two BFF's though she's always calling one her BFF and leaving her real BFF out of the loop. Sarah and Amy. Jessie helped nurse Sarah back to health when she had something tragic happen to her, basically teaching her how to do everything all over again and Jessie gives Sarah anything she wants, including Pietr even though she and him like each other. Pietr goes along with it. Sarah begins as a lost puppy dog and then seems to get some spunk and sharp tongue.
Amy is Jessie's true friend with a no nonsense attitude. She doesn't put up with the give Sarah everything she wants business. And she stands behind any decision Jessie makes, unless it involves Derek. Anyone but Jessie sees he's no good for her, but there's a reason for her crush that goes beyond football star. It comes out very late in the book.
There are other background characters, not fully developed, but Alexi, Pietr's oldest brother is more developed. He's short tempered, mean and suspicious. He seems to be at odds with both of his brothers, Pietr and Max. He seems okay with Charlotte their sister, but then she's very quiet.
The story was great until the end. I thought the introduction of who they introduced and the storyline crashed and burned from there. It seemed like the writer decided to go in a whole new direction and then hurried up the ending. I would have let Jessie and Pietr have their camping trip and then introduced the characters they did at a later time.
All in all though, I'd read it again and the sequel comes out in February which I'm so glad I don't have to wait a year for it. I'm hoping for a better ending this time around.
I'd give it a solid B plus.