I loved all the characters in this book, but my adoration for neurotically overprotective Max knows no bounds. For example this, after he tried to kiss her to prevent her from dangerous night swimming:
"She shook her head. 'I'm an adult. You're not responsible for me. I can do whatever I want.'
'That's the problem!' His hands flew wide, gesturing around him, as if drawing attention to the whole world. 'You can do anything you want, so I have to make you want something else.'"
I can't actually express how hot I find that.