Author: Jen Frederick
Publisher: Pear Tree LLC
Number of Pages: 258 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: New Adult
Age and Grade of Main Character(s): Sophomore and older in college
Language: profanity, use of the “f” word
Sex: yes – sensual (not explicit) descriptions of sex, main character loses virginity
Drug/Alcohol Use: drinking at a parties, main characters get drunk on multiple occasions
Violence: one main character is a mixed martial arts/fight club fighter, main character served as a Marine in Afghanistan
Social Issues: underage drinking, losing virginity, first love, PTSD
Suggested Movie Grade: R
Grace Sullivan began writing to Noah Jackson when she was in school and Noah was a Marine serving in Afghanistan. Over the course of four years, they grew very close via their frequent letters. Grace imagines she is in love with Noah and that he feels the same about her, so when Noah disappears from Grace’s life for two years after returning to the States, Grace is heartbroken. When Noah shows up at Grace’s midwestern college, determined to earn her forgiveness, Grace is at first angry and distrusting, but she soon comes to see that Noah’s feelings for her are genuine.
Potential Points of Concern:
Grace is a college sophomore – approximate age of 19 – and she drinks at college parties to the point of inebriation.
Noah often thinks about getting Grace to sleep with him and remarks on her breasts and body. At one point, when Grace is drunk, Noah walks away from her when she tries to seduce him. However, the two ultimately consummate their relationship in sensual but not highly graphic terms.
Noah is a mixed martial arts fighter who engages in cage matches for money.
There is a 5 year age difference between Noah and Grace. While this is not problematic during the time the story takes place, it is clear that Grace began writing to Noah when she was only 13, making his sexual feelings for her at that time somewhat inappropriate.
Age Appropriateness: 16 +