In Ouimet's world people only see in black and white until they meet their soul mate. Once they meet their special one, it's Oz. About 60% of the population is so sighted, and technicolor only lasts while the soul mate does. The other nasty trick about it is that soul mates don't always match. Protagonist Libby's father is her mother's soul mate, but her mom isn't her dad's. In fact Libby is her dad's soul mate. Not all soul mates are romantic, and luckily for Libby, her dad isn't her soul mate, but as it turns out, her situation isn't much better than being soul mates with your pops.
Instead, Libby gets her Dorothy moment when she lays eyes on a boy in the detention center her father is a guard in. And the boy, Drew, is in for beating a cop. Oops. I wasn't super into the concept. My favorite part of the novel is Libby's relationship with her BFF Beth, who is highly sensitive to Libby's moods and needs. I love how they are with each other, and wish the novel were even more about their friendship.
But, it's a teen romance, and romances gotta romance.
Maybe my affection for Beth is based on her part-time job at the town library. Meeting Drew in the libe, Libby thinks,
I take a step forward, my voice rising and not caring how I'm probably going to start drawing a crowd. In fact, I fully expect to have a library worker telling me how I need to leave any second now.
"Library worker" not librarian. And she didn't write "shush" or "shh." So clearly she or someone she loves works in a library.