Paige Hancock is known as the Girl Whose Boyfriend Drowned and the pitying looks never let her forget it. After a year, Paige is determined to reenter true teenage life. She even makes a list. However, a well-laid plan doesn’t always go perfectly. Some of Paige’s goals are attainable. She joins the school’s QuizBowl team and even attends a party. But dating again is harder than she anticipates.
As Paige makes new friends and faces new challenges, she realizes that part of living life is accepting all that comes your way. In The Start of Me and You, Emory Lord creates solid characters with very real problems. While her story has some teen romance, it is more about friendship and learning to know yourself. Also, the imagery and storytelling is well crafted. This is a wonderfully clean read (a little language) about the important give and take of good friendships.
Recommended ages--13 and up