"'It's no big deal,' I said, even though in the scheme of my life, it was a huge deal to be going down to the city without anybody in my family knowing about it."
AND THIS GIRL IS FOURTEEN YEARS OLD. FOURTEEN. Not 16 or 18 or 21. FOURTEEN.
I canNOT emphasize this enough!! How is this NOT stranger danger??? Yes, *I* the ADULT reader can tell that Toby wouldn't hurt her but THIS IS DANGEROUS BEHAVIOR and we're just supposed to flow with it. NO!!!
We don't tell our kids that obsessive, creepy strangers that watch you while you sleep is romantic, we don't tell our kids that love means your life revolving around another person entirely, and we don't tell our kids that it's OK at FOURTEEN to leave the house, without telling ANYONE where you are going!!! COME ON HERE.