It’s K.J.’s junior year in the small town of West End, Montana, and whether she likes it or not, things are different this year. Over the summer, she turned from the blah daughter of a hunting and fishing guide into a noticeably cuter version of the outdoor loner. Normally, K.J. wouldn’t care less, but then she meets Virgil, whose mom is studying the controversial wolf packs in nearby Yellowstone Park. And from the moment Virgil casts a glance at her from under his shaggy blond hair, K.J. is uncharacteristically smitten. Soon, both K.J. and Virgil are spending a lot of their time watching the wolves (and each other), and K.J. begins to see herself and her town in a whole new light.
I read this book in big, happy gulps while on our recent trip to the Oregon Coast. It’s fast-paced, well written and wholly entertaining. The characters are vibrant and the struggles feel real, genuine. The protagonist, K.J., is feisty, smart, tough, but still unsure of herself. I loved the relationship between her and her stoic dad. And, of course, the love interest, Virgil, is a delight. Author Kristen Chandler has a gift for fun romance and thought provoking plot. The details of the landscapes and the wolves are fascinating – Kristen really knows her stuff.
This is a fabulous contemporary young adult that teens and adults will enjoy, especially if you’ve every been to Yellowstone. I look forward to reading Kristen’s second book, GIRLS DON’T FLY.
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