Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and - lately - concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident? Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac: gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.
"Perfect" (Sunday Telegraph)
Sarah Dessen, geb. 1970 in North Carolina, gehört zur jüngsten Generation amerikanischer Jugendbuchautorinnen. Mit 26 hat sie ihren ersten Roman veröffentlicht, weitere folgten und wurden von Presse und Publikum euphorisch aufgenommen.