This is a compelling and beautifully written novel about first love, first sex, and everything in between. Maddy Fisher has decided to fall in love. And not just any sort of love: can't-eat can't-sleep crazy in love. Rich Ross is after the same thing. He's set his sights high, and he's going to make it happen. The problem is, in life's messy whirlwind of friends and lies and sex and porn, the real thing can be hard to fine. But there's always a first time for everything. . .
I was expecting a love story filled with the romance of all that's involved. All the firsts but with a romantic twist but I was wrong. I felt like this was possibly a more realistic showing of relationships and navigating your way through them but the romance factor for me was small. And in retrospect I guess if it was such a neat and romantic process the whole way through your first experiences we'd all be married off before we graduated high school right? As much as I was hoping and expecting a romantic tale, I thought it was refreshing to read such an accurate (and cringe-worthy at times) take on the whole experience.
William Nicholson continued to surprise me with his believable characters. Maddie wants to be in love (and who hasn't been there) and she has it all worked out in her head. Too bad the "perfect" guy she has in mind has a girlfriend? Well it certainly doesn't stop her plan to be put into action. However much I enjoyed Nicholson's take on these elements I think this is one of those YA books that is meant for young adults and teens only. I did like it but it won't become a favorite of mine or a future re-read. I think it's hard to be anywhere but in the middle on this one. I most definitely didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. The ending wraps up nicely and I left the book feeling satisfied that everything worked out the way I was hoping it would.
I gave Rich and Mad 3 shamrocks!!!