Well, wasn't this just a pleasant surprise? I do believe I just had my first foray into what I can only hope will be a booming genre: New Adult. Yes, these characters were high school aged: Sam and Ally are high school seniors, and they *gasp* actually talk like high schoolers. Their crude, profanity laden humor was, well, perfect for the age range. They talked about sex (and lots of it). It was the first YA book I've read in a long time that actually felt real to me.The humor endeared me to these characters almost immediately. I laughed and snorted and gasped in shock (only that what was happening was actually happening in a YA novel; not because I was offended).I'm always a fan of the best-friends-to-more storyline, and this book didn't disappoint. I loved watching the growth of both characters, especially Sam, and though I would've liked a little more fleshing out with some of his deeper issues, the ending satisfied me enough to leave me happy. Plus, I'm thinking that a few of these things will be ironed out before the final book is released in October.Because I don't think it's too much of a stretch to realize this will have an HEA, I don't think I'm spoiling anything by saying that the big ILY in this book was the most real, heartfelt declaration I've read in a very long time. It wasn't cheesy, but it sure made me swoon. Ally shakes her head. "Nope. That's the past. Tell me why."I shove my hand roughly through my hair. Panic grows."Because I love fucking you," I blurt out. ... "No. I mean yes. I've never been so turned on by anyone and I love having sex with you. I love that you're ticklish in the most inconvenient places. And that you talk the entire time.""TMI," Rachel insists.I pay her no attention, instead glancing at Ally to make sure she's still with me.It's debatable, but she's not moving, so I speed up."But more than that, I love that afterward, you stuff yourself into me trying to suck out all my heat. That you get all fanboy about the geekiest things and cry for great whites during shark week. You're the left brain to my right. The jelly to my peanut butter.""The Buffy to your Angel?" Ally asks.No way am I that namby bitch. "Spike.""Angel."I concede it with a grudging nod. "You're bossy, complicated, passionate, and I think you're the most amazing girl alive." If you're interested in a fresh take on a genre that has started falling a little flat for me, give this book a shot. I don't think you'll be disappointed.