At first, I really, really didn't like Jake (the lead guy) or Mattie (the lead girl). He was a jerk - in a big way, and she whined all the time. At the beginning I was even hoping that they *wouldn't* end up together. I found it strange that she would be so in love with a guy that she had barely spoken to since she was nine years old. BUT, later you learn that he was being a jerk on purpose, and she does grow up and learns to stop comparing herself to others as much. You DO start caring for the characters when you see who they *really* are on the inside, instead of the mask they show everyone else. I was actually kind of surprised the author could turn it around so much and make me start hoping they'd make it. It was cute, flirty and fun, and I'd definitely read more from this author.