Page Amount: 304, ARC
Caroline is at a crossroads. Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. Like the rest of her family, Caroline's been at Gram's bedside since her stroke. With the pressure building, all Caroline wants to do is escape--both her family and the reality of Gram's failing health. So when Caroline's best friend offers to take her to a party one fateful Friday night, she must choose: stay by Gram's side, or go to the party and live her life. The consequence of this one decision will split Caroline's fate into two separate paths--and she's about to live them both. Friendships are tested and family drama hits an all-new high as Caroline attempts to rebuild old relationships, and even make a few new ones. If she stays, her longtime crush, Joel, might finally notice her, but if she goes, Chris, the charming college boy, might prove to be everything she's ever wanted. Though there are two distinct ways for her fate to unfold, there is only one happy ending...-Goodreads.com
Caroline has to make a decision about whether she wants to stay with Grandma, who is dying in the hospital, or go to a party for the night. From that point on the book is split into alternating chapters about the repercussions of making one choice or the other. This made this book extremely intriguing because her life was so different when she made the opposite choice. When she chooses to stay, Joel, the boy she's been chasing at her school finally notices her, but isn't all she hoped for. When she chooses to go to the party, she meets college boy Chris, who is just plain amazing. It's not just the boys who are different but also her relationships with her family. I really liked this book because she has to deal with some tough stuff, including pressure from a boyfriend, repairing relationships with siblings and dad, dealing with death, and handling what is thrown at you, good or bad.