As three friends who grew up in the same orphanage head off to college together, they each harbor a cherished dream. Libby wishes to become a famous journalist, Pete plans to study to become a minister, and Bennett wants to join a fraternity and have as much fun as possible. But as tensions rise around the world on the brink of World War I, the friends' differing aspirations and opinions begin to divide them, as well. And when Libby makes a shocking discovery about Pete's family, will it drive a final wedge between the friends or bond them in ways they never anticipated?
This was a really good book but it took me a long time to read because I have had a few busy weeks lately. I have mentioned before that I am in some AP classes this year and they are really taking a toll on me. My AP Chemistry class is very frustrating and has practically been consuming my life, not to mention I feel like I'm not retaining any of the information. On top of that stuff, I have been doing stuff for Homecoming that just ended this last weekend. Boy am I happy it's over! I have a great time during it but it is so time consuming! Therefore, I was not able to give this book the time it needed. I think I would of liked it a lot better if I would of had zero interruptions.
I liked this book because it showed how life is inside school- bullies, fakers, geeks, pretty girls, shy people...etc. and how they all fit together as a whole. Not everybody gets along, and their will always be clicks, but everyone is a piece to the puzzle. We have to be there for everyone, even if we have an extremely small chance of witnessing to them.
I also liked that it was not all about schooling/college, but that it focused on family as well. Family is very important and sometimes we take our own for granted. Throughout the story I saw Pete reaching out to a family that had abandoned him as a child. Even though not all his intentions were good he was still trying to tie all the loose ends his parents had left.
Libby's transformation was amazing! I felt the pain she was going through for everyone she cared about, and I felt so bad when she thought no one loved her back. When she finally stopped chasing after everyone's love she received the gift of God's comforting arms wrapped around her! Sometimes we just need to stop trying to MAKE everything happen and just LET it happen. If that makes sense.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I just wish I wouldn't have been preoccupied by other things while reading it.
Rating: 4 stars
*I will be one Fall Break later this week! Can't wait to fill up that time with, hopefully, reading and sleep!*