Cross Continental YA Romance
Set in London in the late 1970’s, the story revolves around a high school student from California who aspires to be a writer and the young, English wannabe rock musician she falls in love with. The chasms of culture, ambition and distance between them,hang over the burgeoning romance and the two find themselves wondering whether it is possible to find your soul mate on the other side of the world. And, if so, what do you do about it?
This Young Adult romance if full of longing and the sighs that accompany young love, but it is also a heartfelt and very real picture of what it is like to be very young and very much in love and facing a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. Rather than pander to the reader, the author is respectful of her characters – enough to make them three dimensional and real.
There is, of course, more than one obstacle and various outside love interests appear and disappear and threaten to reappear, causing much teen angst. If that seems formulaic, it is a formula that has worked for hundreds of years in novels like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre and while Never Let Go may not meet the standards set by those classic works of romantic fiction, Carol uses the familiar trope in a non-cliched way. The characters she creates are like-able young adults feeling the intensity of love and longing in a way that anyone who has ever been in love will immediately identify with. And, for an author, that alone is quite an accomplishment.
This is the first book in the series and one assumes the long distance love story will be continued. It is easy to believe that many young (and not so young) readers will be waiting eagerly for the next installment.