Date Released: October 9, 2014
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages: 366 pages
Rating: 3.5 Stars!
The book starts off with Althea and Oliver in their normal routine in their life in Wilmington, North Carolina. Althea struggling with her growing love towards Oliver has herself wanting to be closer to Oliver. Oliver on the other hand is busy falling asleep, never being in the present to spend time with Althea that ultimately hurts their relationship with each other as friends. I was easily able to relate to both Althea and Oliver, they each had their own personality that came off the pages. I loved that Moracho divided some chapters in the book between Althea and Oliver, it was easy to understand what each was going through.
One aspect of the novel that makes it so intriguing and complex was the plot and unexpected twists coming from Althea and Oliver. The "bad decision" Althea makes in the beginning of the book was so unexpected, I did not see it coming! But it does add suspense and emotion to the book that sets Althea and Oliver on their own paths.
Full of deep emotion and thought with complex, flawed characters. Althea & Oliver explores self-identity and love. And if you love books sets in New York be sure to pick this one up! Definitely enjoyed this book a lot and I cannot wait to see what other books Moracho has in the future!