Most contemporary novels I read are mostly about romance with some background issue that the love interest helps the main character with and a whole bunch of side characters. I think what made this book stand out so much to me is that while there WAS a romance and a love interest who helps (though in a more subtle way than usual and he mostly just helped her help herself) there was so much more to it than that. In fact, in a lot of ways Jude's relationship with Emilio was more in the background. This book was about Jude's relationship with her sisters, the past, herself, and of course Emilio, but mostly it was about her relationship with her father and dealing with the illness that changes him so much. I would write more about the book and how it made me feel but I don't want to spoil the book. This book felt very emotional and genuine and real to me. 4.5 stars!