What I am Reading Now: Love, Wylie
Love Wylie does not fit comfortably in the segment of the book market occupied by many of Elisa Lorello's other books. Elisa's agents and editors, in fact, did not know how to categorize the book so they advised against publishing it. They observed that Love Wylie does not fit either with "Women's Commercial Fiction/Contemporary Romance" or with "Young Adult" fiction. What can I say? I am not in the typical demographic for Elisa Lorello's fiction (mostly "Women's Commercial Fiction / Contemporary Romance"), but I consider myself to be a fan. Good literature is good literature and I am not going to exclude myself from its enjoyment just because of the way it is categorized. (I will add that this book also presents good psychology). Personally, I do not want to categorize it.
The story follows a number of characters introducted in Lorello's first bestselling Faking It. Lorello follows their lives through two more novels, Ordinary World and She Has Your Eyes. Wylie Baker is the daughter of two of these characters. She turns 16 in Love Wylie and is the central character.
Wylie is an engaging girl just on the verge of adulthood. She meets a guy, Clark, who is a senior at her high school and they are mutually attracted to one another. Clark appears to be the sort any parent would hope their 16 year old daughter would meet: he is just enough of a bad boy to be interesting, but never crosses any lines. They enter an epistolary relationship, writing actual letters on paper, choosing their words and exploring their thoughts carefully, instead of texting on their phones or just talking and saying whatever randomly comes to mind. As a result, they hear one another's thoughts and their relationship deepens rapidly. They get to know each other, and they get to know themselves.
The story is complicated by events from Wylie's past, events that involved her parents before she was born. It is a story of growth, care and support.
If anyone asked me if this would be an appropriate book for a young adult, I would say I think it has broader appeal, but yes, it would be a very good book for a young adult.