It’s hard to read this book and not fall in love with the two main characters, Autumn Knight and Adonis Miller.
Each of these fourteen-year-olds is “pinned” in some way. Autumn can hardly read at all, and Adonis was born without legs. But Autumn has other exceptional talents such as wrestling, and shows great talent as a chef. And Adonis is smart as a whip, and a good teacher-in-the-making. But they are trapped by how they have chosen to cope with their disabilities.
Autumn is head over heels in love with Adonis, and sees the fact of their disabilities as an indication that they are meant for each other. She leaves him a note:
Disabled is me not being able to read. And you with out legs. So (u + me) = perfect. Right?”
Autumn hates reading because she can’t do it, and she objects to being curtailed from what she can do as punishment. Finally though, she gets the message that if she just applies the same determination to reading as she does to her other skills, she will succeed.
Adonis, too, learns that letting go of control to let someone else into his life isn’t as scary as he thought; in fact, it’s kind of nice.
Evaluation: I loved this book! Autumn has awful grammar, and Adonis is as rigid as a tent pole, but you’d be amazed at how quickly each of them grabs your heart and won’t let go.
Published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., 2012