Author: Raine O’Tierney
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/05/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Isa Zaman might forgive his parents for taking in a friend’s son if only he wasn’t the most boring teenager in the universe. Macklin “Mackie” Cormack’s only interests are reading and the outdoors. Yeah, right. Isa’s convinced Mackie is either a pyro or a klepto. Plus, as a white kid, Mackie looks ridiculous in the Zamans’ Arab American household. Forced to share a bedroom, the boys keep butting heads until an absurd fight finally breaks the tension between them.
Isa’s just starting to figure life out: this new houseguest, his cultural identity, school, and even girls, when the entire family is uprooted from their home for reasons Isa can’t understand. They move from their tiny city apartment to a giant, old house in a small town, hours away from everything he’s ever known. Oh, and the new house? It’s probably haunted, or so says the blank-faced ten-year-old next door. As if things weren’t weird enough, Isa’s friendship with Mackie suddenly takes a strange turn down a path Isa’s not sure he’s ready to follow. It turns out Mackie Cormack isn’t nearly as boring as Isa once imagined.
This book sat in my TBR pile for some time but I don’t know why I waited so long. This was an enjoyable young adult tale with several pleasant differences from other YA stories I’ve read.
The main characters are Isa Zaman and Macklin “Mackie” Cormack. Isa is one of four children and isn’t thrilled when his parents take in Mackie, a boy his age. Isa hates having to share his bed especially since he and Mackie seem to have nothing in common. Things start to look up when Isa and Mackie start to get closer and Isa gets a date to the dance.
However, Isa’s life turns upside down when, without notice, his parents decide they’re moving from a big city to a small town. Isa doesn’t even have a chance to say good-bye to his friends and the house they move into could be haunted.
I absolutely loved how Isa and Mackie’s relationship progressed quite naturally, complete with several bumps in the road. There is romance in the story, but Isa and Zaman’s romance is not the main focus. It’s more about the two of them growing up and their feelings for each other is just a single aspect of them coming of age.
There were a couple mysteries in the story and they blended together in the end. The resolutions of both were realistic and enjoyable.
One of the best aspects of I’ll Always Miss You is that Isa and Zaman acted and behaved as typical teenagers. They were totally realistic and not like adults in teen bodies as is often seen in YA.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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