What About Today by Dawn Lanuza
Publication Date: April 24, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Note: This is a review of the edition from BuqoYA 4: Heart Choices
Aiden’s stuck working for his family’s amusement park, Funtastic World, for the whole summer. Nothing amuses him, until he met this terrified girl.
Gemma’s stuck in Funtastic World thinking she could handle the park’s rides. She couldn’t. Good thing she met someone to guide her.
As the day comes to a close, Aiden and Gemma ask themselves if one day is ever enough to decide if they were better off as friends or strangers.
I love amusement parks. I crave the adrenaline from trying out the most extreme rides. But Gemma is my total opposite, and when you’re someone who’s terrified of what the amusement park can offer, having a guide would be of much help. Not to mention the guide has this smile that could replace the park’s sign for its brightness. A guide who technically owns the park.
Reading the story made me think of the Tornado, a ride I got to try for the first time when I went to Thailand with my family. Surviving it made me feel so proud of myself. I never thought I could do it, and that’s the wonderful thing about stepping out of your comfort zone. Every move is an achievement.
Gemma conquered her fear of the rides with Aiden beside her. They discovered things about themselves as they got to know each other. Trying the rides together created this bond fueled by adventure, and I couldn’t help but root for the two.
Sometimes, most insane of circumstances make the most unexpected of love stories. What About Today is a promising tale of two teens who took the leap to see what the rabbit hole of love has in store for them.
Final Rating: 4/5