Aspen Kirkland is a slut. Or at least, that’s what she’s spent all of high school believing. So when she goes to visit her estranged father the summer after graduation, she has no reason to believe things will change. But then she finds her childhood best friend Sean again, and everything changes. Sean is smart, driven and Harvard-bound: everything Aspen isn’t. But the more time she spends with him, the more she feels their old connection. He makes her feel like the person she was before high school, before her life did a 180. But Aspen doesn’t want to change, and she doesn’t want to make any more mistakes. Between her renewed friendship with Sean, a cute local boy and the revelation that her father may not be as clueless as she once thought, Aspen feels the ground shifting beneath her every day. As the summer unfolds, she finds herself working to reconcile her past, present and future, and carve out a place in her constantly changing universe to call home.
Before I started to read Home I google the book and author and I tried to find some information on Goodreads about them. Unfortunately I didn’t find much. Anyway I decided to read it, because the blurb sounded promising and I like to read indie and new authors. And I am glad that I read it, because Home turns out to be a hidden gem; a beautiful, brilliant hidden gem.
This is coming of age story that takes place in a Cambridge over the course of one summer between high school and college for the main character, Aspen Kirkland. Aspen is confused, and a bit lost; because her parents got divorced, because she move away from Cambridge with her mother after it and because she tried to define herself by dating different boys. But instead of finding herself, her behavior left her empty. She knows that she did some bad things and she is beating herself up very hard because of that. Aspen is clever, but a bit lost. Fortunately for her the things change upon her return to Cambridge. During the summer she will work on her relationship with her father and with her childhood friend Sean. Sean is completely opposite from Aspen. Where she is experienced, he is inexperienced; where he know his path, Aspen is clueless; where he is driven, she is not. But also he is exactly what she needs in order to define herself.
Written from Aspen’s perspective it gives a great view into her emotions and actions. The story goes back and forth, providing an insight into Aspen’s past and creating a full overview of her life in preceding four years. Home is such emotional read. The writing is beautiful, descriptions good and characters so alive. It has to be said that there is certain predictability, but the author still managed to write an interesting and captivating story.
Home is beautiful coming of age story that I highly recommend. Read it. You will not regret it.