By Susane Colasanti.
At the beginning of senior year, nerdy Sara has a crush on new (popular) kid Dave. She's hoping he'll ask her out, and he does! And it gets her into the popular crowd too! However, Dave himself starts to pall on Sara-- they aren't interested in the same things, Dave seems like kind of a follower, the popular people are shallow and annoying. Sara wants something real, and she's about to find it in music theory class.
Tobey is a diehard musician who has little interest in school. He does, however, have a mad crush on Sara and dislikes Dave ever since he overheard Dave beating up on a kid in the locker room. Tobey's plans for this year involve finally coming up with schemes and plans to win Sara's heart. Guess what, eventually he does! And then they date. And Tobey realizes that he needs to start caring about his grades for college now, thanks to her (or at least wanting to be in a school near her). Tobey's ex-fuckbuddy (for lack of a better word) kinda wants him back and this is vaguely threatening to his new relationship, since Sara thinks he's a virgin.
Erm...the book doesn't have a major amount of plot, really. It's just kind of living life. Sara hangs out with her friends, who have their own issues. Tobey hangs out with his friends, who do as well. Most folks in here are nice except for the popular people. Everyone worries about school--except for Tobey, who learns to worry about school. As a couple, Sara and Tobey are cute enough and work well together. It's a nice relationship.
(Though I did have a moment of weird when Sara and Tobey discovered that both of them hate cellphones and won't get one! I had to go check the date of publication: 2006. Oh, teen novels. I feel sorry for the authors of them these days because it's difficult to write teen books without the constant use of technology--you just plain cannot ignore it and you have to at least mention it--but at the same time the technology totally dates every book. This is a book that's written in a way that keeps the story feeling current even without constant mentions of phone/Internet use that you have to put into books now, but even that kind of threw me out of the story with its implausibility. I'm a phone hater and even I had to get one years before 2006, and I wasn't a teenager. I'm not sure why I"m mentioning this, other than it was odd and super unlikely.)
I...don't really have that much to say about this book. It's a pleasant enough read and a sweet romance, but it wasn't super memorable to me compared to the other book of hers I've read somehow. You'll probably enjoy reading it, though.