by Simone Elkeles [YA Elkeles]
Ashtyn is a very skilled female kicker on her high school football team who is voted captain by her team for her senior year. Her boyfriend, the star quarterback on the team, is distant after this new development. Derek was an elite athlete and great in school up until two years ago, when his mother died of cancer. Derek has caused some problems at his school since then and has finally gotten on the last nerve of the principal, who expels him after a graduation prank. Derek is forced to move in with his step-mom, who has decided to move them in with her father. And her sister, Ashtyn. As Derek and Ashtyn's worlds collide, there are sparks. Ashtyn doesn't want to be saved, but she suddenly wants Derek to be her savior. Derek doesn't want anyone to rely on him, but he wants to be everything to Ashtyn. The story is told in both points of view and the reader is sure to sympathize on both sides as the two struggle to come to terms with their limitations and their feelings for one another. -- recommended by Sam N. - Gere Branch Library [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles and Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally.]
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