Milo Dark’s life is stuck on pause in Durnan post the HSC. His girlfriend has moved to uni almost 300 kilometres away. His friends have all moved out of Durnan because the truth is, no one wants to live in Durnan forever when you can aim for bigger things elsewhere.
Layla Montgomery’s life turned upside down five years earlier at the age of thirteen. Her mum died suddenly, her dad packed up their bags and forced her to leave everything she had ever known.
Layla and Milo used to be best friends when they were kids. They shared everything – secrets, a treehouse and time at the river. But they haven’t spoken since her mum’s funeral. So when Layla returns to Durnan and shows up at Milo’s parents’ bookshop, he is surprised. People change a lot in five years. But can Milo and Layla pick up from where they left off? Or will they spin a tangled web which means they end up getting hurt?
In this bittersweet young adult novel, Tozer has captured the emotional rollercoaster that is adolescence. It is a story about friendship, young love, loss and sort of finding yourself through the mess that is life. The novel is narrated from both Layla’s and Milo’s points of view and they have their own distinct voices. Both characters are likeable enough and endearing which makes you want to know more. It was a light read and despite the heaviness of grief, did not hit me deep in the core. I do recommend it if you’re looking for a YA novel to read.
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