I ADORED this book, ADORED it! It's a typical teen romance story (girl likes boy but boy doesn't like girl, boy does something stupid, girl hates boy but boy now likes girl) but told in such a sweet and charming way, that it's like a breath of fresh air!
The most interesting thing about this book is that the author allows us to see both sides of the story. Each pair of consecutive chapters tells us about the same sequence of events told alternatively by the protagonists, Bryce and Julianna. It drives home the fact that there really are two sides to every story. It's extremely refreshing.
They were seven years old when they first met and Juli knew it was love at first sight for her, while Bryce did everything he could to get rid of her and make her stop smelling his hair. Now, at thirteen, Juli's affections are as strong as ever and Bryce is at his wit's end as he DOES NOT like her that way. But then, an old sycamore tree might change that forever.
The book starts off funny and turns serious around the middle, but the change is so subtle, you barely notice it. The writing is really good - tight, funny and easy-flowing, the author never overwhelms you with too much detail. It is easy to differentiate between the two narrators, although, I could have done without the oft-occurring "my friend".
The characters are all amazing, each with their own personalities and depth which makes them seem all the more real. The ending was nicely done too. I don't think I would have liked the book as much if she had ended it any other way.
It's an easy read with never a dull moment - I polished it off in two hours! If you are looking for a funny, feel-good, innocent love story, then you might want to try this. I still had a goofy grin on my face when I went to bed after reading this!