Worst Case by Beck Anderson (308 pages)
Overview: Vivi has moved a dozen times in the thirteen years she's been in school. Her most recent move takes her and her mother from Washington to Idaho where, maybe, they can finally be safe. The move also brings her to Win, another high school senior she meets on the bus. While Win helps Vivi navigate the last twenty days of her high school career, they make plans for a future they both know will be cut short, either by Vivi's mom uprooting again or Win leaving for college in Reno. But in their short time together, they may discover a few things about themselves they didn't know before. Overall: 4.5
Characters: 5 Vivi and Win are such vibrant, strong characters. From the moment they meet, you can feel the chemistry oozing from every interaction. Maybe it's a bit like insta love, but in a totally refreshing way. Win helps aimless Vivi think about a future beyond taking care of her anxious, single mother, and Vivi helps Win embrace some of his more complicated past. They have a really great relationship that is both swoon worthy and the perfect example of give and take.
The adults in the story are also very well crafted. As the story progresses, we get to delve farther into the source of her mom's anxiety and how it has possibly developed into more. I think that the storyline about caring for a parent with mental health issues perfectly complements the story and Vivi's issues with her own anxiety.
The character of Jack from down Lakeshore Drive is also a great adult-teen connection as Jack embraces Vivi as a granddaughter after they get to know each other better from Vivi's morning runs past his house. Jack's past experience as a high school councilor proves important to motivating Vivi to change some things about her life, and Jack's wife, Naomi, tries to give Vivi and her mother a social group they feel welcomed to.
Plot: 5 It was hard to put the book down after reading the first page. Even though the chapters are long, the scene breaks make them manageable and enjoyable to read. The events were both entertaining and great for the development of the story.
Writing: 5 Anderson had me from the opening scene where she beautifully gives you an idea of the story's basis and what Vivi and her mother have to cope with. Every word is expertly chose and draws you into the story so that you're living in Vivi and Win's world, not just reading about it.
*I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for a an honest review*