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I really struggled while reading this. There is a LOT of format*A free copy of this books was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
I really struggled while reading this. There is a LOT of formatting issues (double spacing, page breaks in the middle of the screen on my kindle, a few typos(minor issue), sentences being split in weird places) that made it extremely hard to read.
ETA: The author graciously sent a new copy, with all the formatting issues above fixed, so maybe the above was a fluke thing.
Half of the writing is as if you were reading a screenplay complete with stage directions and character breakdowns. It was really distracting. The other half was written as if it were diary entries from one of the main characters. That had it's own problems mainly with tense (past-,present-,future-) enough to where I couldn't tell when it was supposed to have been written, day of the events?/in the future looking back?, I just was confused. Also not quite sure how the title fits the books.
There were some positives. The characters were very likable, a bit juvenile, but then they are juveniles so it's expected. I really did feel for George. His grandmother really screws him up mentally and socially, acknowledges it, then does nothing really to ever try and fix it. Steven was great if a little too perfect. His only major flaw is that he's quick to anger. Loved the supporting characters. Some were better than others of course. The story when I could understand it, was pretty good. It was about acceptance of yourself and of your feelings. Basically just growing up and becoming yourself.
So while flawed, I didn't completely hate it. ...more
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Tom is trying to piece his life back together after having*A copy of this book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.*
Tom is trying to piece his life back together after having his entire world upended in the wake of his father's arrest. Reese is trying to stay strong and recover from an attack that leaves him traumatized. When forced to room together by their college, Reese is unhappy and tries to run Tom out, while Tom just wants to sleep after working so many hours to pay for his tuition. Gradually they come to a place of understanding that leads to love and healing for both of them.
Tom: I loved Tom. My heart broke for him as he tried to make up for his father's failings and hold it together by his fingertips. We get the best sense of who he is because we're in his head for the book. He has a bit of a martyr complex stemming from his illplaced guilt which got tiresome. I really wanted someone to knock some sense into him. He comes to some realization, but I wanted more for him. I just wanted him to have one friend who was wholly on his side.
Reese: I struggled with liking Reese to be honest. He had something horrible happen to him, yes, but that's basically used as a "I can do no wrong" card by everyone around him. He really seemed to have ZERO respect for Tom and what Tom wanted, and I hated his continued bi-sexual erasure. I can understand that that probably stemmed from him wanting Tom to acknowledge him in a greater public way, but Tom was trying, and he was working to get to a place to do that. Reese was just impatient.
I LOVED THE SIDE CHARACTERS! Cash is amazing! I love him and his unintentional offensiveness. You can tell right away that it's never from a place of maliciousness. Steph was pretty great, I always love when I don't hate the lone female character. I can't wait to read their story! I'm sure it'll be great. Reese's dad was very lovable in the little we saw him.
So I've kind of already covered this above accidentally, but the plot was great, I really enjoyed, for the most part, seeing Tom pick up his boot straps and do what it took to get back to college. If only he would've TALKED to someone, his life would've been so much easier. But I can understand his reasoning even if I disagree. This book is really more of a high three star rating, mainly because of my, for lack of a better word, dislike of Reese. He wasn't horrible. I just had so many issues with him that it started to color my enjoyment. I think if we'd ever gotten a glimpse of what was going on in his head I would've been able to cut him more slack, but we don't. If any character had ever criticized him or called him out on his behavior I would've felt better. As it was the relationship just seemed imbalanced. Tom was all about Reese and doing whatever he could to move at Reese's pace and help Reese heal. But Reese never even really seemed to even LIKE Tom really. And clearly had no respect for Tom's issues, guilt and paranoia being the biggest two. Even if his fears were "ridiculous" they were REAL to Tom, and that deserves some respect. I just wish I could've liked him more. As for the "bullying" Tom receives from Jack. I don't know. It didn't seem that bad to me, yes he used horrible language at him for seemingly no reason, but just seemed minor. It was one lone person. Jack never had back up from his "friends". There was never a group thing. Jack didn't really have any power over Tom to do anything to make him suffer. Though I guess given Tom's issues that's enough to build up in his head. I guess I feel like it need more impact.
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Loved this book. Its a nice light read, not really angsty. Loved Luke, so-so but leans toward likes on Jocelyn. Will definitely read the rest of the sLoved this book. Its a nice light read, not really angsty. Loved Luke, so-so but leans toward likes on Jocelyn. Will definitely read the rest of the series....more