Ada’s life is a mess. She just caught her boyfriend cheating on her after a humiliating attempt at losing her virginity, and she’s had it up to here with her gorgeous older sister’s unsolicited advice.
But things really hit the fan during a family vacation in Hawaii, where Ada discovers her own mother is having an affair. Apparently, everyone is falling into bed with people they shouldn’t. Everyone except Ada. But when Ada decides she’s going to stop trying and start doing—sex, that is—her best laid plan overlooks an inconvenient truth:
Feelings, romantic or not, always get in the way.
With You All the Way is just what I like a YA Contemporary Romance to be.
Love (or is it?), drama, family issues, all the ‘usual’ stuff in a YA Romance, but also looking at sex, consent, maturity, and complex mother-daughter relationships.
It is a well-written easy read, engaging, and intriguing but without the need for a lot of brainpower to process – which was just what I needed right now! You can flow along with the plot and just enjoy.
I liked the dynamics and interactions between Ada, Afton, and their mother. Little Abby was a cute addition too. Although I guessed the twist in the story early on I still enjoyed reading it play out.
With some awkward and cringey moments reminiscent of 90’s teen movies I feel this will appeal to readers, making them laugh and empathise with the characters.
Due to some of the sexual content, I would advise it for the upper end of YA readers.
Thank you to Edelweiss+ and HarperTeen for the e-arc to review.
Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens, including the UNEARTHLY trilogy, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, MY LADY JANE, MY PLAIN JANE, and MY CALAMITY JANE (with fellow authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows), THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE, THE HOW AND THE WHY and the upcoming novels WITH YOU ALL THE WAY and MY CONTRARY MARY (also with Ashton and Meadows). Before turning to writing for young adults, she studied literary fiction and earned both an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in fiction writing. She currently resides in Boise, Idaho, with her husband, two cats, one crazy dog, two kids, and mountain of books.