You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith
You Can Go Your Own Way is the newest book by literary agent and young adult author Eric Smith. It’s a sweet story about two high school seniors who used to be friends in middle school. The summer before high school changed both their lives and they’ve spent the better part of their high school years avoiding each other in person, and mocking each other online.
They each handle the social media profiles for the businesses their dad started – Adam is the face behind Old City Pinball and Whitney manages the multiple social media platforms for West Philly eSports. Adam believes that “Old things have character. Soul.” While Whitney retorts back: “Do old things have friends?”
Their biting online banter isn’t only about their broken friendship. Whitney’s father, the owner of two successful West Philly eSports locations, has been trying to buy Adam’s family’s pinball arcade for its prime location. Old City Pinball wasn’t exactly lucrative even before his father’s death, but now Adam and his mom are definitely struggling to keep the business afloat. It’s Adam’s only connection to his late father and he cherishes every single thing in that building. He loves the arcade, but he’s had no life outside of the it.
Meanwhile, Whitney handles the social media for her dad’s booming eSports cafés because it feels like the sole tether to her busy father. He keeps offering to hire someone to take over the overwhelming daily duties, and she wishes she had more time with her friends and boyfriend, but she clings to whatever scrap of attention she can get from her dad.
When everything else falls apart, Whitney clings to West Philly eSports as tightly as Adam grasps onto Old City Pinball. So when Whitney’s brother breaks a pinball machine and Adam blasts West Philly eSports on social media, sparks fly. Will love ignite?
You Can Go Your Own Way was such an effortless, easy book. I read it straight through in one night. It’s wonderful, with a beautiful ending. I thoroughly enjoyed it.