Title: Changes in Latitude
Author: Jen Malone
Release Date: July, 25, 2017
“Marooned at sea with my mother? For four months? This is not real life. This is not my life. ‘What’s the Good news?’ I manage, subtly squeezing my eyes shut, then open, shut, then open, to see if that tilts the world back on its axis.
‘That was the good news sweetie.’
Yeah, I was kind of afraid of that.”
A “road trip” romance that takes place during a sailing trip from Oregon to Mexico. Changes in Latitude is really the PERFECT summer read! Cassie is still reeling from the shock of her parents divorce, so she’s devastated – and angry- when her mom plans for a 4 month sailing trip with her little brother, the summer before her senior year. Along the way, Cassie must learn to deal with her loss of control, her strained relationship with her mom, and maybe even get a little romance with a deckhand in their convoy south. Changes in Latitude is high on drama and and entertainment as Cassie learned to let go on the open waters.
Things I Liked :
This book had a really high entertainment factor for me. I can’t say that it was really engaging or gripping, but I did really like the characters and how the relationships all develop, made for a fun read.
This book so perfectly summery! There’s sailing and summer romance, what more could you really want?
I love that Cassie’s hobby/passion was botany. It was such a unique hobby for a YA character and I loved that we got to see her be passionate about something, especially a scientific field!
I also really loved that Cassie recognized she had a bad attitude about the whole sailing trip and her parent’s divorce. Cassie could be bratty and whiny at times, nothing outside the norm for an angsty teen upset at the world (and her mom specifically), but I like that she realized she was being unfair and holding back just to keep that control over her anger.
Things I Didn’t Like :
Cassie and Jonah were actually really cute and had pretty fantastic banter, I just didn’t really love their age difference. He’s 20 and she’s 17, so it’s not the biggest age difference in the world, it just always made me a little uncomfortable.
Changes in Latitude is a great beach read. You can really knock it out in one go. It’s one of those perfect summer stories that keeps you turning the pages and wanting more.
I received a copy of the book from HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review.