Review: One Lonely Degree

Finn has always felt out of place, but suddenly her world is unraveling. It started with The Party. And Adam Porter. And the night in September that changed everything. The only person who knows about that night is Audrey—Finn’s best friend, her witness to everything, and the one person Finn trusts implicitly. So when Finn’s childhood friend Jersy moves back to town—reckless, beautiful Jersy, all lips and eyes and hair so soft you’d want to dip your fingers into it if you weren’t careful—Finn gives her blessing for Audrey to date him. How could she possibly say no to Audrey? With Audrey gone for the summer, though, Finn finds herself spending more and more time with Jersy, and for the first time in her life, something feels right. But Finn can’t be the girl who does this to her best friend . . . can she?–From Amazon

One Lonely Degree is C.K. Kelly Martin’s second book, sandwiched between I Know It’s Over and The Lighter Side of Life and Death. I would strongly recommend checking out my reviews of the other books to get a feel for how much I love Martin’s writing, because my reviews these days are going to have to be much more brief until I complete my move and start my new job. In some ways, One Lonely Degree reminded me of a grittier version of Susane Colasanti’s Something Like Fate, in that the main character struggles with her feelings for her best friend’s boyfriend, while the friend is out of town for the summer. However, in this version, the main character is simultaneously dealing with her parents’ failing relationship and her discomfort with another boy at school who sexually assaulted her at a party. I had a bit more trouble emotionally connecting with this book than I have with her others, but I’m not sure it is fair to attribute that to anything other than my own distracted mental state while figuring out my move. I did enjoy the usual sense of realism in Martin’s writing, as well as her ability to handle yet more difficult and controversial topics.

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