I'm going to be honest here and say that originally I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this. I wasn't sure it was going to be "my thing" by the blurb. For that reason, it means a lot more when I say I REALLY enjoyed this. Once you read you'll realize how brilliant the cover is and why the characters are sketched in.
This is a story about two people who want something very much, but it's the wrong thing. How many times have we been in the same place in our lives? The Big Smoke is a coming of age story about all the crap these two people have to go through in order to learn what's really important. And only then do they find what they wanted.
This story made me cry! I mean really hurt for these characters. A best friend, a dog, the "could have beens", and the letting go of guilt really hit home. Cally did a wonderful job digging into some deep emotional topics in a realistic and believable way.