When Maddi Benson moves in next door to Jaxon Quayle, neither of them knows how much life is about to change. Jaxon knows he should date only girls who share his faith, but as he gets to know Maddi he wants his new neighbor to be more than a friend. To make things even more complicated, there’s Maddi’s twin brother Hadley (or Hadley-Hadley, as he calls himself), who has special needs and always seems to be hanging around, and Jaxon’s pal Tanner, who feels more than a little left out. Jaxon feels hopeful when the Bensons begin to consider joining the Church, which would solve at least one of his problems. But just when things seem to be working out, a horrible prank seems to make everything fall apart, leaving Maddi and Jaxon caught in the middle of doubt and faith, hurt and forgiveness, friendship and love.
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By Josi, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I'm not a big YA reader but I was reccommended this book and read it nearly one sitting. The part that stood out to me was the growth of the main character (Jaxon-Jaxon Quayle) as he confronted Hadley, who he didn't understand and who seemed to be in the way of Jaxon getting to know Hadley's sister. What Jaxon ends up learning is to put to use the things he's been taught, the beliefs he's taken for granted, and that we can learn so much from those people who are the least like us. Really loved this book which was well thought out, well written, and thought provoking--regardless of whether you're a YA Audience or not. I hope to see more books from this author in the future.
By Shauna, Submitted on 2015-02-25
If Hadley Benson were writing this review he would say...
"This book is EXCELLENT, uh-huh, MOST EXCELLENT!"
For it truly is!
Fun and light, yet deep and solemn too.
Many things to think about including how we treat each other and why we are here.
I fell in love with the characters immediately...all of them!
I LOVE the way they interact with each other! Not always perfect, but real and with flaws....which made the story all the more interesting to read.
Jaxon wants nothing more than to escape BEFORE he has to help the new neighbors move in. That is until he sees their daughter Maddi. Then he is all smiles and muscles and can think of nothing he wants to do more than help them lift their heavy boxes.
While holding said heavy box Jaxon literally runs into Maddi's twin brother, Hadley.
Hadley is standing with his hand in hand-shaking mode saying "Hello, I'm Hadlye-Hadley Benson."
Jaxon tries to explain that his hands are full with the heavy box.
But Maddi yells at him "just put it down and shake his hand. He won't move until you do."
And so starts the sometimes awkward friendship between Jaxon, Maddi, and Hadley-Hadley Benson.
And "just when things seem to be working out, a horrible prank seems to make everything fall apart, leaving Maddi and Jaxon caught in the middle of doubt and faith, hurt and forgiveness, friendship and love."
By Debbie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This is a wonderful story about friendship, high school "things" (like fitting in, dates, peer pressure, pranks, competition), unconditional love, big mistakes and forgiveness. It's easy to get to know each character and to feel what they're feeling - great writing! Even made me cry!