Author: Sarra Manning
Warnings: Spoilers (and I spill the ending)!
DOAC—SWAK is the last book in a trilogy. The trilogy tells the love story of Dylan Kowalski and Edith “Edie” (Eee dee) Wheeler, two young adults living in Manchester, England. I haven’t read the first book (DOAC—French Kiss) and I read the second (DOAC—Kiss And Make Up), but it’s been a few years since I read it.
Dylan and Edie are back together after breaking up in DOAC: Kiss And Make Up; to celebrate, they plan a road trip across America. Dylan doesn’t tell Edie, but he has another motive for the trip: He wants to find his dad, who walked out on him and his mom.
Dylan and Edie get a car and travel all over America. They go to New York, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Niagara Falls, Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California.
The trip to America is basically uneventful until Mississippi, which is where Dylan finds his dad Lenny. Dylan hadn’t told Edie about finding his dad, and when she finds out she breaks up with him because she doesn’t think he trusts her. She decides not to fly home because Dylan needs a friend. Edie keeps in contact with British friend Grace, who is struggling with a crush on a boy named Jack.
Edie gets sick in Texas and winds up in the hospital. Dylan thinks they should forget the rest of their trip and fly back to England, but Edie says they should continue with their trip. After a few days in the hospital (Edie had a non-specific viral infection), they get back on the road.
Things are uneventful again until Nevada. Dylan and Edie go to Las Vegas, and Edie tries to get Dylan to sleep with her (they’re still broken up at this point; though Edie longs to get him back, she doesn’t tell Dylan how she feels). He leaves their hotel room because he loves her but doesn’t think she loves him; he doesn’t want to sleep with her unless she loves him. When Edie finds Dylan, he’s sitting in the hotel bar with a surprise: A marriage license. Edie thinks Dylan is playing her, but they admit they still love each other and can’t live without each other. Edie says no to marrying Dylan because she’s only nineteen and she thinks they’re too young.
The book ends with Dylan and Edie in London; they’re about to go to separate colleges. Edie says she’ll marry Dylan if he asks again in a few years; he agrees to ask her after college.
I really liked this book, and I liked the character of Edie. One of the things that’s great about her is that she talks the way a nineteen year old would. Sometimes in YA fiction, the author will have a teen lead talk in ways that teenagers don’t talk. I also like how Dylan has flaws; a lot of them, actually. Usually in YA romance, the female has all the flaws and the male has none.
I’d definitely recommend this, and I’ll update again later.