Combining the emotional deftness of Sarah Dessen with the magical spark of New York City in wintertime, this affecting novel will inspire readers to pay closer attention to the world around them.
What does it really mean to be kind . . . and why does it sometimes feel like the hardest thing in the world to do?
High school senior Kendall, who just returned from a life-changing semester in Europe, and Max, who is drifting his way through a gap year before college, struggle with these questions when they witness a tragic accident in New York City during the holiday season.
Racked with guilt, the two accept a dare to perform random acts of kindness to strangers. The challenge pulls these two teens, who have a history together from back home, closer and closer as they explore a vibrant city filled with other people’s stories and secrets.
Kendall and Max can’t deny their growing bond, even though they both have other romantic entanglements and uncertain futures. As the clock counts down on New Year’s Eve, will they find themselves together at midnight?
Jennifer Castle’s latest novel is a romantic, thought-provoking tale of human connection and how we find—and make—our place in the world.
"Castle crafts relatable, endearingly flawed characters that readers will love. This book captures the magical essence of winter in New York City, as the characters explore its people and places. It is a story that builds empathy and encourages teens to connect more with those in their own world but also with the world as a whole."
"Readers will enjoy this realistic portrayal of teens who don’t quite have it all figured out. Castle urges her readers to learn about choices and their consequences, as well as to exhibit empathy and kindness even when the choice is hard. A heartwarming, tender, and wistful look at the power of goodwill."
"[Highlights] the secret struggles ordinary people carry with them every day. In giving voice to these men and women, Castle expands the story from a feel-good romance into a reflection on what makes us human."
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