FICTION

Wrong in All the Right Ways

352p. Holt. Jul. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250130532.
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Gr 9 Up—Emma is an overachieving 16-year-old high school senior with no friends but plenty of ambition. Her family is close-knit, and she and her younger brother, Matthew, are supportive when their parents decide to foster a child. When new foster brother Dylan comes home, however, Emma is surprised that he is a teenager—and that Emma is immediately attracted to him in spite of the painful past that he refuses to disclose. Thus begins this modern-day retelling of Wuthering Heights, which coincidentally Emma and Dylan are reading for their English class. When it turns out Dylan reciprocates Emma's feelings, a clandestine, forbidden romance ensues. Supporting characters and subplots (including one where Emma joins the dance team and is instantly amazing) are underdeveloped, and the relationship feels rushed and unsubstantiated.
VERDICT Some teens will be swept away by the romance despite its flaws, but this is a secondary purchase at best.

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