I picked up Callum & Harper in the beginning of the year after reading about it on Shelly Crane's blog site among her ten best of 2011. I am SO glad I did!
Life sucks for orphans Callum Tate and Harper Bailey.
Kicked out of their foster homes because they suffer the 'eighteen disease' with nothing but a hundred dollar check from the government and a pat on the back, they're forced to rely on a system that failed them miserably.
So they sit. They sit inside Social Services, waiting for their social workers to call their names and offer them the miracle they know will never come but they sit anyway because they have nowhere else to go, no other options on their very literal and figurative empty plates.
But as they sit, they notice the other. Although captivated, they each come to the conclusion that life is complicated enough without throwing in a boiling tension that can't ever be acted upon because they're both too busy thinking about where their next meal will come from but when their names are called and both are placed on a year long waiting list for permanent housing, suddenly relying on each other seems like a very viable plan B.
And, oh, how lovely Plan B's can be.
Well, except for the psycho from Harper's past that haunts her and, oh, yeah, there's the little issue that neither of them knows they're in love with the other.
Needless to say, Callum & Harper's life just got a bit more complicated.
I actually read this book several months ago, after I discovered the Kindle App on my phone. I tore through it in under a day. I was instantly immersed into the world of these two young people who always seemed to have the odds stacked against them. However, they never let their circumstances dictate their future. That is what I most loved about this book.
The secondary plot lines and characters wove themselves seemlessly into the main story and I found myself caring about them almost as much as I did the hero/heroine.
There were a few times in the book when I groaned in frustration at the lack of communication between the couple, but I think that is to be expected when dealing with romance and young people. Such a solid book about love and the determination of the human spirit. I loved it.
And you definitely need to check out Thomas & January! (I love you, Thomas!)