After seeing all these positive reviews for this book I finally decided to read it.
I think it's labeled New Young Adult, but it didn't read like other NYA books. For one, sex wasn't the main thing. In fact, there wasn't any sex scene in the book. Lately NYA means erotica but the characters are under 23, so this was a nice surprise. It was on emotions and friendships and the bond of friendship. It made me smile with happiness and cry for losses. This story is more then just Ambrose & Fern. It's about Fern & Bailey.
I can't say I was happy with everything in the book, like I wasn't sure if(show spoiler)
"Do you remember your last step?" Fern asked softly, not savvy enough at eleven to avoid direct questions that might be painful to answer.
"No. I don't. I would write it in my journal if I did. But I don't know."
"I bet your mom wishes she could put it in your baby book. She wrote down your first step, didn't she? She probably wishes she could write down your last."
"She probably thought there would be more." Bailey gulped and Fern could tell he was trying not to cry. "I thought there would be more. But I guess I used them all up."
“There isn't heartache if there hasn't been joy. I wouldn't feel loss if there hadn't been love.”
I'll hide this quote in a spoiler tag:
Overall a good read that will tug at your heartstrings. I think Bailey's character and situation did a lot of the tugging for me because I'm a mom of 2 boys. and I found myself wondering what if Bailey was my child?
Anyways, yes you should read it, but be prepared to cry a little.