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During a layover at LAX, fifteen-year-old Flynn Barlow, her older stepbrother Amos Abernathy, and their nine-year-old half-sister Poppy decide to ditch their family Christmas vacation in Bora Bora, where their parents plan to announce their divorce, and the three siblings instead spend three days in Los Angeles, hooking up with Flynn's summer camp crush, visiting Disneyland, reuniting with Amos's father, and confronting the simmering romance between Flynn and Amos.
Publisher: New York : Crown, 2018
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION AND
Characteristics: 265 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Meyer, Emily Flaschner


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Step-siblings Flynn, Amos and their half-sister Poppy are on their way to Bora Bora to meet their parents for a family vacation. While waiting in LAX for their layover flight, some devastating news is brought to their attention. Not wanting to face what is to come, they decide not to board the plane and explore the city of Los Angeles to avoid their parents instead.

This book is full of clichés that make it hard to get through. For example, Flynn is portrayed as the girl who is “not like other girls,” it’s constantly mentioned how she is so different compared to others girls around her. The plot is all over the place and often drags on for several chapters without adding to the storyline at all. A majority of the characters are flat and aren’t very likable. Most of the decisions they make in the story make no sense at all and were irritating to read. The relationship between Amos and Flynn is strange; they have a strong brother and sister bond, despite being step-siblings, but they also have a mutual crush on each other which is somewhat unsettling. The story is told from Amos, Flynn and Poppy's perspectives throughout the story. Some flashbacks occurred during each of these characters' POV's and it was confusing to read, as it was unclear when they were happening at times.

I think this book had potential to be a nice contemporary, but it fell flat for me, lacking a likable cast of characters and entertaining plot line. -Shae-Lynn

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