I almost gave up on this book considering I dislike themes about summer, lying about being someone else you’re not, and statutory rape. Hahahahahaha, but can we be real for a moment. WTF!
I’m going to set that aside for now because to be honest there’s an important message behind the story about not being quick to make assumptions. How others see you or how you see others can be changed. You don’t know how amazing it is to read about a character who realizes she doesn’t have to get a makeover or act much differently. Reaching out with only you to show and finding that people appreciate that is an amazing feeling. You don’t have to have a plethora of friends. Just ones that care about who you really are. (Unless you’re legit an asshole or a rapist. I don’t know how to help you out there buddy.)
Sarah tries to do things outside of her comfort zone instead of complaining about how people don’t make the effort to get to know her. Get this, she makes the effort herself. And she discovers new things about herself that she likes and don’t like. That’s perfectly fine to take chances. The one exception would be to not hurt someone else in the process i.e. having sex without full consent. Check yourself before you wreak yourself, please.
The biggest prop that I have to give is the fact that no one is demonized. There’s understanding all across the board, unfortunately it came a little to late for one person.