Changes in Latitudes by Jen Malone | Book Review

All Cassie wants is to get some solid ground under her feet following the shock of her parents’ divorce. So when she learns of her mom’s plans to take Cassie and her brother, Drew, on a four-month sailing trip from Oregon to Mexico, she’s stunned. There is absolutely nothing solid about the Pacific Ocean. 

Cassie is furious. And nervous. It’s been hard enough keeping Drew sheltered from what Cassie knows about her mother’s role in breaking their family apart, but living in such close quarters threatens to push her anger past its tipping point.

Enter Jonah, a whip-smart deckhand who’s as gorgeous as he is flirtatious. Cassie tries to keep him at a distance, but the more time they spend together—wandering San Francisco, riding beachside roller coasters, and exploring the California coastline—the harder it is to fight the attraction. 

Cassie wants to let herself go, but her parents’ split has left her feeling adrift in a sea of questions she can’t even begin to answer. Can she forgive her mom? Will home ever feel the same? Should she take a chance on Jonah? With life’s unpredictable tides working against her, Cassie must decide whether to swim against them…or dive right in.

I give this book 3.5 stars out of five. I read this book at the start of this past summer, and it was honestly such a good beginning of summer read. This is the kind of book that I would choose to bring to the beach or pool. The reason for the 3.5 stars is because it was a temporary, feel good, book, but in a couple years I would probably reread it because I had forgotten about it.
Jen Malone is known for writing great summer romance novels that have a little bit of adventure, and this was no exception. I love Jen Malone’s writing style. Her descriptions are spot on to the point where I felt like I was in the boat (mostly where this book takes place) watching the scenes play out.

She also creates amazing characters that you can really connect and relate to. Cassie is a young girl who is having a difficult time accepting her parents divorce while carrying a secret she knows about her mom. And, on top of all of this, she is forced to live in a boat with her mother and brother while they sail for the next couple of months. I think it is important to understand that Cassie is a young girl who is about to graduate from high school. When you look at what she is actually dealing with at the age she is, her responses are reasonable. And, that is what makes her so relatable.

Jonah is a laid back casual guy who is looking for adventure. After joining the crew for sailing, him and Cassie begin to share a relationship, which was a really cute relationship. Still, I felt like I wanted more from their relationship. They get together very fast, they have some struggles, and share a lot of adventures together. But, through out this book, I felt their relationship was rushed and we didn’t get to know them as a couple. There were moments when we were told they went on a date, but we didn’t get to actually read about their date.
One thing I thought was done very well was the relationship between Cassie and her mom. There is a lot of tension and pent up anger (mostly one sided by Cassie). Their relationship was a journey that we actually did get to witness step by step and by the end you’re rooting for the mother daughter duo to make up.

The last thing there is to mention is the ending. It wasn’t a bad ending, I just wanted more. Jen Malone did a great job with tying up everything and leaving us with answers to what the future might hold while still giving a little bit of mystery as what would come next. (Spoiler) I wanted to know how Cassie and her mom’s relationship healed and if Cassie stays with Jonah. What are Cassie and Jonah’s futures going to be? Instead we were left with our own imagination to figure out the answers to those questions.

I hope that if you’re looking for a last minute summer read, or just a feel good quick read, that you give this book a chance. I’m really glad I did!