No one ever said love would be easy…but did they mention it would be freezing?
Adam Stillwater is in over his head. At least, that’s what his best friend would say. And his mom. And the guy who runs the hardware store down the street. But this pinball arcade is the only piece of his dad that Adam has left, and he’s determined to protect it from Philadelphia’s newest tech mogul, who wants to turn it into another one of his cold, lifeless gaming cafés.
Whitney Mitchell doesn’t know how she got here. Her parents split up. Her boyfriend dumped her. Her friends seem to have changed overnight. And now she’s spending her senior year running social media for her dad’s chain of super successful gaming cafés—which mostly consists of trading insults with that decrepit old pinball arcade across town.
But when a huge snowstorm hits, Adam and Whitney suddenly find themselves trapped inside the arcade. Cut off from their families, their worlds, and their responsibilities, the tension between them seems to melt away, leaving something else in its place. But what happens when the storm stops?
As any of my ex boyfriends can tell you, I absolutely love pinball. Like, I’m talking Tommy levels of love here. And I’m learning that Eric Smith has a fun way of finding my soft spots (online gaming, pinball, etc) and just YANKING on my heart strings.
This is that perfect best friends-to-enemies-to-maybe-friends-to-maybe-lovers-to-enemies-to-????? story. It hits all the right notes for me, and I can 100% see bookTokers holding this up in front of a cozy fire.
Now, are there plot holes? Sure. Is it a little corny? Maybe. But does that even matter? Absolutely not. The vibes are so good with this book. And the band references? *chef’s kiss* Between this and Don’t Read the Comments, I am thinking so wistfully of moving to Philly and living my best nerd life.
A quick, fun winter read that would make anyone fall in love with Philly in the snow, I give Eric Smith’s You Can Go Your Own Way 4 out of 5 bumpers. Thanks so much to Inkyard Press for including me in the blog tour!