Wednesday, November 23, 2022

You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith

 Release Date - October 25, 2022


After his dad's death, Adam Stillwater and his mom do everything in their power to keep the family's pinball arcade running. It's a dying breed, however, and money's getting tighter every day. Adam doesn't want his mom entertaining the idea of selling to the rich owner of a chain of gaming cafes. Worse, that rich owner is the father of one of Adam's former best friends, Whitney Mitchell.

Whitney does everything she can to catch her dad's attention. She works hard on his business's social media marketing campaign, but he never recognizes her skills. She longs for that to change. Which is how she gets into a social media feud with her former friend Adam.

When a major storm hits, Whitney and Adam find themselves stuck in the pinball arcade for the night. Soon, they realize that their old friendship never should have died and there's the chance it could be something much bigger.

I grew up when pinball arcades and video arcades were a big thing. I know how important they were to teens and a community. It's always been kind of sad that they died out. There is no arcade left in my area, though there is an arcade of pinball machines and the old cabinet arcade games, a few hours away.

For that reason, I found myself emotionally invested in Adam's fight. I can't say the book ever had me hooked to the point I felt guilty walking away for a bit. But, I did find myself invested enough to see how it ended up. It's a pleasing young adult romance and coming-of-age tale that I appreciate took a step back to one of my favorite pastimes as a teen. 

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