I like stuff with romantic elements and angst, usually YA, fantasy, paranormal/urban fantasy or variations thereof. Usually wrinkles nose at sci-fi due to unlikely tech. Straight girl who likes boys that like boys!
Katie McGarry usually wows me with her very believable YA-angst that deals with bigger problems than (imaginary) high school drama.
In this little short story, her trademark angst was lacking, and so it felt a bit too flat and saccharine for me. While Lincoln had good angst-potential, the story focuses more on Lila and her (for me) fear of leaving the nest and going out of state for college - a fear I really could not relate to. I might if I was still 18, but the eighteen-year-old me that I remember would not have been that scared. Nervous? Sure, but mostly exited, so Lila came across as a mildly annoying scaredy-cat where I mostly thought "oh, get over yourself already".
I think for this to have worked for me, it would have had to be a bit longer, to give time for character development.