Seventeen-year-old Alex Peaks is a pessimistic realist, who is ready to get out of high school and away from her small town, away from the people she despises. That is until shes forced to work her fi rst summer, forcing her away from her home, and foreseeing the worst time of her life approaching. Or is it? After meeting a guy and becoming great friends, she still fi nds that shes looking for more, never realizing how much she needs people, how much she wants hope, and how much she never knew of love. In this one summer, she learns more about herself than she ever thought there even ever was. Learning that who a person is what makes that single person great. Before realizing a person can love you, you must fi rst love yourself.