With and Without You

Viking. Apr. 2022. 384p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593326879.
Gr 9 Up–This book tackles the tumultuous struggles that come with a long distance relationship. High school seniors Siena and Patrick are romance goals, and considered the one couple that will probably be together forever. For Siena, this begins to mess with her mind, and with college and other goals after high school looming, she considers breaking up with Patrick. Yet when Patrick announces that his family is moving out of state for his senior year, Siena decides to give a long distance relationship a shot instead. What follows is a gorgeous story, where Siena tries her hardest to believe that maybe this long distance thing is honestly not worth the trouble; still, every time she visits Patrick or they reconnect, she seems to love him even more. This novel, while extremely romantic, also explores the strength that comes with trying to keep a relationship alive despite distance, especially when there’s a true connection.
VERDICT Filled with moments that will make readers’ hearts swell, and relatable emotional struggles, this is a perfect story for those who believe that young love can be true love.

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