3.5 --I liked this book. A second chance romance for teen lovers who separated and find their way back together again. Some things are just to early to be appreciated, Joe and Maddy's love is a perfect example. Ortolon does a lovely job bringing not only the wisdom, but scars of life to this "new" romance. The past must be conquered in order for them to move forward and the characters both have to be motivated to do so.It is a nice trajectory of both the character development and the plot. One gripe is the redundancy of both characters' internal monologue, the reason I downgraded it from a 4. That said, I have been thinking about this book and concepts discussed in relation to my own life after finishing it. Overall, a good read.