Evie is an 18-year-old woman living on a farm with her parents and younger brother. She loves running the combine and fixing machinery, and can't stomach dresses and make-up and the like, though her mother tries to convince her to be more (read: at all!) feminine. When Evie meets Patsy, the daughter of the most powerful man in town, and the two young women become fast friends, people begin to ask questions, and Evie has to deal with her awakening awareness of herself, cope with family and friends' reactions, and decide what she really wants to do with her life.
The story is told from the perspective of Evie's younger brother, 16-year-old Parr, another person trying to deciding what to do with his life. He knows he doesn't want to be a farmer, but he feels obligated to take up the family trade -- and, at the same time, he's dealing with his own new relationship with a girl from a strict Christian family. Through his eyes, we watch Evie's story.
I felt that the writer did a great job of giving us enough of Parr to make his story an interesting thread in itself, while clearly focusing most fully on EVIE'S story. Seeing everything through the eyes of the younger brother makes for an interesting, unique perspective.
This was a great book! The only thing I did not like about it was that the author could have added more detail to the story. Otherwise, it was a great weekend read!
This is a great coming of age story about two girls in a small town.