While I find the subject very interesting, this particular elaboration of it makes me angry. I usually like reading and hearing different theories aboWhile I find the subject very interesting, this particular elaboration of it makes me angry. I usually like reading and hearing different theories about the existance of afterlife and various interpretations of it, just to test or even expand my own beliefs and contemplate the possibilities. Most of all, I'm curious about other opinions, and not only on this subject, but so many more. That's why I read these kind of books from time to time.
A novel about Billy would be fine. Great, even. Novel, as in ''a fictitious prose narrative of considerable length and complexity, portraying characters and usually presenting a sequential organization of action and scenes''. This... I am sorry for the author, but this was just not good. I do know the feeling of loosing a family member and I do understand that each one of us has a different way of dealing with all that enormous pain. Writing about it is a great idea, I think. It helps. On that part, it is easy to understand this mess of a book. Sadly, understanding where it came from doesn't make it any better.
I don't want to be mean, but I have a feeling that author just used her brother's death to send her own messages to the world. I will not even comment the profit. Because, while I do have an open mind, to me it is crystal clear that in this case the author actually spoke to herself all the time. Not hard to understand actually. What I find wrong about it, is her putting her own words into the mouth of a ghost and publishing them as the truth for all mankind. Again, novel about Billy would be a much better solution than this. Non fiction, really?
It feels like she wasn't confident enough to write a book on her own, so she used the sad circumstances as an excuse. With her brother talking to her, she had to write it. Even the Beings from the afterlife agreed on it. Hmmm... Convenient. The ''proofs'' she gave us were no proofs at all. Some of his ''messages'' sounded as they came straight from the fortune cookies. And for an addict and troubled person with not much of an education, Billy was impressively eloquent while describing his experience. For the most part of it, his story was boring. And his Goddess and so many other details from his afterlife sounded like they came from Indian books and even astral projection experiences we can easily find on the Internet. None of it was convincing.
I am sorry for her loss, but I can't say it was good when it actully was anything but.
I don't mind being reminded of real values of life and superficiality of modern world, but a whole book about it is a bit too muchToo condescending.
I don't mind being reminded of real values of life and superficiality of modern world, but a whole book about it is a bit too much for me. Too many characters, and none of them made me care, not even slightly enough to be concerned if they get to live or die at the end. The whole story made my eyes roll on too many occasions. Descriptions were boring and long, dialogues artificial and the whole thing felt wrong.
I hated the ''tone'' of writing - it sounded as if the readers are too oblivious and stupid to see the world for themselves, and as if we all need to be told about life from a person who considers himself superior. Well, most of us are not oblivious/stupid, and pages and pages of telling us what we already know are not really necessary. It would be so much better if more space was used for actual plot, and less for tirades about everything that is wrong with the modern world.
It is ok to see the world as it is and be able to distinguish true values from fake glamour, but cca 280 pages of tirades about it is not something I find amusing or interesting. ...more
I still don't understand why everyone's so crazy about this series. Usually, I am the one that ''defends'' books when I talk to people and I always sa I still don't understand why everyone's so crazy about this series. Usually, I am the one that ''defends'' books when I talk to people and I always say that it takes so much effort to write one and that every single book out there has its value. Even if I don't like some of them, I appreciate the effort of writers to tell their story and say what they wanted to say to the world. Now… Fifty Shades trilogy made me change my mind about that. There ARE bad books. There ARE ''authors'' who are really bad at writing.
I thought that first part of series was horrible and I picked up this part just because someone I know tried to convince me that it gets better and that this story has a point. Now I'm sure that we will never understand each other when it comes to this, because I really, really hate it and I can't think of a single good thing to say about it. Seriously. I don't think I ever hated a book as much as I hate Fifty Shades.
Writing is horrible. HORRIBLE! E. L. James did so bad that I was ashamed for reading this. Characters are poorly developed, dialogues are ridiculous and every other sentence is so corny that it hurt my eyes a little bit. I hated how she didn't want to say vagina or ass and used some lame replacements like ''down there'' or ''behind'' or whatever. Hello? You wrote BDSM story and I think that it would be more than ok to call things for what they are. I mean, really – it was ok for her to write a page about his finger going in and out her ass, but it was not ok to actually call it ass. Come on! Also, I was annoyed by how desperately she wanted to sound smart. With no reason at all, she just dropped some stuff in, like who's singing what or who painted what or stuff like that. Most of us knows those kind of things, so it doesn't make you any smarter or better, E. L. It just makes you a little pathetic for trying to show off with your ''knowledge''.
What really bothered me in this book were descriptions of women and their reactions to Christian. Every time he showed up somewhere, they were all swoony and stupid around him. I understand that it happens sometimes with really sexy guys, but every time? Where are all those beautiful, strong and confident women of this world? What happened to ones that don't turn to idiots every time a good looking man asks them something? What about those who can get their shit together and stand their ground, or ones that are able to talk to hot guys without their brains turning to pudding? Where are they? Well, according to E. L. James, they don't exist. It's just sad.
This whole story is a mess. They get back together only few days after the break up and everything is the same, minus that disgusting contract from first part. They have sex, they talk, they have sex again, some random people show up so it's not only two of them, they have sex again and again and again…Boring. Everything was boring and predictable. James tried to spice this one up with all that crap with Christians ex, but she ruined it by giving hints about what will happen, so there was no surprise there. Boring. Sex, talk, more sex, something happens but for only half a page, then sex, corny talk, sex… boring, boring, boring. No real story. Every interesting thing happens quick and every boring conversation lasts for pages and pages. Even sex became boring after so many same moves and descriptions.
I still think that Ana is stupid and Christian is manipulative bastard. I hated them both. I could never ever be friends with a girl like that. She is like a toy. He uses her the way he wants to and she is even happy about it. She is terrible friend (Jose? Kate?) and she is annoying as hell. I have no respect for her at all. Oh, and her inner goddess is back, dancing and doing some weird stuff again. Seriously, WTF!!! Same goes for her hyperactive subconscience. Horrible!
Christian is… Well, to all those girls who dream about meeting someone like him, I say – TRY. Just try to be with someone so difficult and jelous and posessive. There are lots of jerks like that everywhere, it's not that hard to find them. So, do that. Go for it. Try to stay with someone who doesn't respect your privacy, who hates every man you talk to, who is jelous of everyone and everything and who is so needy that it's suffocating you. Let me tell you something – no matter how hot or rich or good in bed he is, it's not healthy. That kind of relationship is wrong and it can turn life to hell.
After spending a few months with someone like that, I think that every normal girl would escape from him. Experience like that will definitely teach you to be careful about choosing guys and it's a great lesson about your own character, because you have to be strong like a rock to get out of a relationship like that. I know Christian sounds hot when you read about him, but to have someone like that in real life… Don't wish for it. Trust me, that fairytale turns ugly very soon. Leave him for Ana. She is stupid enough to fall for his crap.
There are so many things I find wrong with this book, but right now I don't have a strength to write about them. I am too happy to finally be done with it and now I want to go and hopefully collect all those brain cells that I lost while reading this. ...more
I read the blurb and loved the thought of seduction by words on a moving train. The idea sounded so good and it had me
Good idea, but that’s about it.
I read the blurb and loved the thought of seduction by words on a moving train. The idea sounded so good and it had me thinking this would be a sensual and original short story, so I was pretty excited to read it. To be honest, I expected to be awed. I wasn’t.
My first thought was – what the hell is this woman doing?
She chose her ''victim'' so fast and she approached him without thinking twice. Not even a quick ''does he wear a ring'' check, not even a glimpse of ''he could be crazy/violent/dangerous/whatever'' thought, nothing. Nothing! She just looked at this complete stranger and decided he was good to go. I can't even tell if it's more juvenile or reckless or just plain stupid. I know it's just a story, and maybe if it was told in a different way it wouldn't be a big deal, but between all that purple prose and… nothing else really, I expected (at least) a believeable plot. Didn't get one.
Moving on… My next thought – who does she think she is?
I can't remember the last time I read such a horrible female character. ''Attention whore'' came to my mind first. I hated her. She was arrogant, shallow and I was annoyed by every thought in her head and every word that came out of her mouth.
Just to be clear - I like confident and cocky characters, females and males, doesn't matter to me. Confidence is sexy and usually I am the first one to appreciate it. Not in this story, though. This was just too much.
This woman acted like she was the most beautiful person on planet Earth, like Monica Belluci/Megan Fox/any other beautiful women had nothing on her. Too much confidence can be a negative thing sometimes, this story prooved it to me.
The way she spoke was boring, she only opened her mouth to insert some words like ''aroused'', ''sex'', ''sensual'' an so on and so on in conversation. Other than those words, nothing she said made sense. She paused EVERY TIME before inserting those words and watched his reaction like a predator, feeling all ''I got you now, you poor man''!
I could picture her looking at him and smiling because she said the word ''aroused'' and he reacted to it, I could see her luring him into her net with a promise of good sex, gloating over every spoken word and every look in her direction. I was annoyed by all of it.
Next – what the f…?
The moment he started talking back, she changed the game. Oh, she still thought she was the sexiest thing alive, but she demanded ''soft'', ''nourished'', ''slow'', ''LOVING''(so many times it made me nausious) in exchange to her ''aroused'', ''sensual'' and ''sex''. So, she could speak directly about sex, but he was only allowed to adore her with words SHE found sensual (again!). He had to be LOVING, no matter that she was as stranger to him as he was to her.
Instead of a good sex description, or even a nice foreplay, this poor man was talking about caressing her neck for ages, and when he finally got to the good stuff, she stopped him and destroyed a perfectly good fantasy of his. He thought of it on her demand, be he came up with something anyway, and then… BAM! She just crushed it all. WTF!!!
Last – again, who the hell does she think she is?
I just can't get over that image she has created about herself. Oh, come on!!! In her mind, she became this beautiful fantasy of his, a story he will tell his friends, and eventualy she'd become some kind of a legend. The sad part is that he went along with it. It was really painfull, the way he just bought all her shit and even when it became clear what she was actually doing with her life, he was still very calm and accepted everything she said like it was gold.
So instead of ''fuck you, you crazy lady'', he agreed with every part of her bullshit story and he made it clear that he will do whatever she told him to do, so that she can become what she wanted – a fantasy.
I really wanted to like it. I think the idea is great and worth thinking about. Better writer could probably do wonders with it and write a good, deep I really wanted to like it. I think the idea is great and worth thinking about. Better writer could probably do wonders with it and write a good, deep and meaningfull novel around it. Unfortunately, it was not the case here. In fact, the only thing that is good about The Shack is the idea for the story. Everything else is definitely not worth the hype.
First of all, the writing is awful. Maybe I should blame translation for it because I read it in Croatian, but somehow I have a feeling that translator didn't have a good material to work with in the first place, so the original writing is probably as bad as the translation. I realise that writing is not what makes this book so good for those who like it and that the story itself is the important part, so I tried to ignore my annoyance with writing and I forced myself to keep reading. Now that I've finnished it and know what it's all about, I still can't ignore it. It is BAD!
As I said before, I think the idea is great. I can only imagine what a good writer could have done with it and because of that I feel sorry for The Shack. So much potential and so many good ways to make an unforgetable novel of it, and instead of that we get this pale shadow of someting what could have been one of the greatest books out there.
Some people find it shocking. All I can see is the atempt to be shocking. Descriptions of God, Jesus and Holy Spirit were horrible. I mean, seriously? I don't have a problem with describing God in different ways, after all I really liked God in movie Dogma and it was also very, very different from the ''old white man with white beard'' picture we are so used to. I don't know why, but I had so much trouble accepting the looks and BEHAVIOUR of all three ''forms'' of God, and I must say that all that cooking and baking and washing dishes and cleaning table didn't help at all. Not to mention a Jew with a big nose, Irish alcoholic, big black woman cooking and baking all the time, little Asian woman in harmony with nature, Hispanic judge and people from camp so friendly, chearfull and understanding. Come on!
Mack was a weak character. He had no voice and no color in his personality at all. I know he was described in the beginning, but I lost that picture by the time I got to the middle of the book. He just wasn't strong enough to carry the story. He was sad, then angry, then full of questions, then releaved in the end, but I couldn't really ''see'' him enough to connect with him the way I usually connect with oher fictional characters.
The conversations with God were supposed to be deep and insightful, but I didn't get much from them. No explanations. No new perspectives. No comfort. Nothing. I know the writer tried to explain the Holy Trinity, but I think that there was a little too much hugging and loving and little less really going there and making statements that could maybe scratch the surface of explaining that complex concept. There are some really nice ideas in the whole thing, I mean love, forgiveness and comfort are allways good ideas, but this book is not as nearly life-changing in that area as some people say. Some parts of book are deep and worth thinking about, but all the great and inspirational notions were lost somewhere between cliches, cheesiness, pies, vegetables, waterfalls, walking on water, gardening and tears that they just didn't stay with me the way they should.
I know that so many people found this book inspiring and good and I am very hapy for them, but I just couldn't get into it deep enough to appreciate it because all the distractions that made me roll my eyes on too much occasions.
Sorry, W. P. Young – nice try, but one star from me.
Once again, I dislike the book everyone else obviously loves.
First of all (and I NEVER thought I'd say this) - it is too long. It would be fine if it Once again, I dislike the book everyone else obviously loves.
First of all (and I NEVER thought I'd say this) - it is too long. It would be fine if it had action-driven plot, but for a story like this I think that reducing the number of pages would be a significant improvement. This way, I had a feeling that I was reading the same thing over and over again – every encounter between Gabriel and Julia looked almost exactly the same like the previous one. It just dragged on and on and I was seriously worried that I will have to break my own rule of finnishing every book I start and put this one aside. I didn't, but even if I did, it wouldn't make any difference because the second half was even worse than first.
Second, it was waaay too predictable. I usually don't mind that, but this was just too much. There wasn't a single moment of surprise and at some point it just came down to waiting to happen something that I already knew is going to happen. It became boring.
Third – I hated Julia. She's just too ''perfect''. That amount of perfection just doesn't work for me, it made her dull and annoying and I was irritated by her from the beginning . There are two different personalities in her and for a while I hoped that she was just acting in some situations. Unfortunately, she wasn't. So, one side of her is a (virgin) pocket Venus, too sexy and beautiful for her own good. Even the way she eats is so sensual that noone – men, women, boys, professors, students – you name it – is able to resist that amount of beauty and sexiness. On the other hand, she is pure, naive, caring, nice, shy and innocent (this one was repeated so many times it made me nausious). So, we have a pure, innocent virgin who is sensual and sexy beyond reason. I'm not saying it isn't possible, I'm saying that in this story it wasn't presented in a way that would make her interesting (or credible). And she is just too damn sensitive and fragile for my taste. Instead of unique, interesting and exciting girl, she just seemed boring, at least to me. I didn't care for her one bit.
Fourth – I had a hard time liking Gabriel. I tried, I really have, but still failed. I am a big fan of bad, disturbed and dark characters and I expected to fall for Gabriel at instant, but it didn't happen. Instead of being dark, all he did was talk about how he's dark. Some parts of his past fit in that description, because what happened to him and what he did to others made him edgy and dark, BUT… With Julia he was just too corny. He was too gentle, too sweet, too careful to say and do the right thing at every moment. He didn't want to hurt her so much that he was afraid to tell her the truth about his past, and he just dragged on and on with it. He praised her beauty and innocence and appologised for him being… well, him, so much I wanted to vomit every time. And he gave her too much presents. Again, I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with all that, but it just doesn't fit in a damaged guy he is supposed to be. Bad boys just aren't like that. Yes, they do want to change when they feel there is something worth the effort. Yes, they can be ridiculously romantic and sweet. Yes, they can be overprotective. I know all that from experience. But they don't talk like Gabriel talks. They don't compare people to roses, they don't repeat how someone is innocent and sweet in every single sentence and they don't apologize for who they are all the time. Gabriel did that all the time, he was like ''I am dark, and not good enough for you. Sorry for who I am. Oh, you are so pure and innocent and sexy at the same time. I'm sorry I'm not worthy of you. You are a beautiful, INNOCENT rose and I need to keep my hands off of you. But I am bad, so I won't do that. Sorry.'' He just didn't seem real.
The emails and messages they sent to each other were… Well, I had a few (actually more than a few) ''kill me now'' moments. And the sex thing – oh they planned their first time for weeks, talked about it through pages and pages, and finally, it lasted forever while they were doing it. And of course, it was PERFECT. It wasn't exciting. It was boring. They made sex so… not sexy.
Fifth – changing the POV so much made my head spin. It wasn't that difficult to follow, but all that jumping from one POV to another… I don't know, I just didn't like it.
I could go on and on about what I didn't like, but I'll stop being negative and say what I did like. So here we go. I liked the title, as soon as I saw it I couldn't resist reading this book. I liked the writing style, it was clever, detailed and funny AT TIMES and I can see a great potential here. If the writer didn't repeat himself so many times, I would like it even more. Anyway, there are some good sentences in this book and they are not to be ignored. The author's knowledge of Dante and Italian art is really impressive. Actually, I would like to read a book about that and ONLY about that, becouse while describing some pieces of art he managed to show his talent somewhere in between all that crap with Gabriel and Julia.
1 star from me, because I was annoyed by Julia and Gabriel and their boring relationship. ...more
I can't believe I actually bought this book. I gave up pretty nice shirt just to buy this and I now want to pull my hair out and scream! A friend of mi I can't believe I actually bought this book. I gave up pretty nice shirt just to buy this and I now want to pull my hair out and scream! A friend of mine told me it's great and brilliant and blah blah blah and I read so many good reviews and … Oh, IDK, I guess I hoped to read something different from what I usually read and have fun exploring all that BDSM stuff. I'm not into it, but I was curious to see what's all the fuss about. All I want to do now is permanently erase this sh.. from my memory. I really have to stop reading books that have something to do with Twilight – this was my third ''everyone loves it, so maybe it'll be good'' time and now I am officially done. I'ts just not for me. Period.
OK, Fifty Shades of Grey: Writing is horrible. I have a copy in Croatian and after only few pages I had to stop and find a sample in English just to make sure that I'm reading the same thing as everyone else. Sadly, it's equally bad in English as it is in Croatian. Awkward sentences, tons of cliches, clumsy descriptions, poor dialogues… it goes on and on. Maybe I'm too old fashioned, but I think that a bestselling writer should actually have talent and know at least some basics about writing. Silly me! Turns out – all you have to do is sit and copy type whatever piece of sh.. you want and a bestseller just jumps out of your monitor/notebook/whatever. I am no expert, I'm just a reader who enjoys all kinds of books and maybe I'm not the one to judge, but come on… This is just not OK.
The story is dumb. With other (stronger, smarter) characters it could be interesting, but with Ana and Christian, it's just not working. Before reading, I thought that my biggest problem with this book will be sex, because BDSM is complitely unfamiliar to me. I was wrong. I am not shocked/disgusted with their sexual preferences or their lifestyle (although some scenes were too much – tampon!?!). What I find very, very wrong in Fifty Shades of Grey are WRITING and character development. That ruined every chance for me to like it.
Ana is annoying as hell. Seriously, she is now number one on my black list, right next to Julia Mitchell from Gabriel's Inferno. I never liked Bella Swan either, but now - after reading this - she looks pretty good to me. This girl Anastasia is so stupid that I felt sorry for her in some chapters - there, there girl, it's not your fault, someone else made you like this – but mostly, I just wanted to slap her. I still want to slap her. Her thoughts were ridiculous, she blushes all the time, acts like an idiot and has no character. Oh, and she has a goddess hidden somewhere in her and she allways does some crazy stuff, like jumping, yelling, dancing, lying on a carpet, hiding behind sofa, talking to her subconscience (her subconscience is also very talkative)… WTF! And she's BITING HER DAMN LIP EVERY SECOND OF EVERY HOUR. We got it! No need to repeat that in every paragraph! That was more annoying than everything else. STOP BITING YOUR LIP,DAMN IT! Stop, stop, stop you fu..ing idiot!
I just can't get over this 'wonderfull' writing – you are such a gem E. L. James!
Anyway, our dear Ana is, of course, very beautiful but she doesn't even know it. Her friends are inlove with her, she calles her car Wanda and she likes Jane Eyre and Tessa D'urberville, so she is also supposed to be smart(?). We can't forget that she tripped when she met Grey, so she's clumsy(?), but in a cute way. We should all love her for that because now we know that she has a flaw. Lovely. Just lovely. What a characterization! (Remember, E. L. James is a bestselling author.) Argh!
Ana was a virgin (ah, what else) when she met Christian. Of course, she was never even attracted to someone before he came along. She didn't masturbate, didn't think about sex and she kissed only two guys before him if I remember correctly. After a lot of blah blah (he's so hot, he's hot, he's hot…) they end up in his room and she tells him she's a virgin. He acts like a jerk and wants to ''rectify that situation'' so he can fu.. her hard next time. You see, he doesn't make love. He fu..s. Hard. Now this innocent, sweet, cute girl is very comfortable with him acting like this and she wants him so bad that she doesn't even blink for a second to realise the way he's treating her. She doesn't run and scream when he shows her his torturing chamber playroom and clearly explains that he wants her to be his sex slave. She stays with him (because he is so hot) and wants to get it on ASAP. In fact, right after he kisses her, she forgets everything and boom – she's an expert in sex. She has an orgasm right away and they just keep coming, every time and in every way. She admires his size (oh, please), she moves and moans like a real porn star and she can't get enough of him. What a sweet, sweet story!
(view spoiler)[(Later in the story, she gets a piece of brain and even tries to say no to his contract and some parts of it, but it ends the same – he gets whatever he wants from her, she gets nothing. Basically, nothing changed.) (hide spoiler)]
As for Christian Grey – he is an arogant, manipulative a..hole, stalker, control freak and a jerk. But – he is good looking (oh, he's so hot!) and rich so that makes him a perfect Prince Charming. Christian doesn't sleep with anyone, but the very first time Ana ends up in his room, he sleeps next to her. He also doesn't make love, but he makes love to Ana when she tells him she's a virgin (just to fu.. her after, but still, he makes love to her that first time.) Nice job, E. L. James! This is the same lion-lamb crap we saw before.
He likes to treat women as slaves, stalk and control them, but we must love him for that because he's so fu..ing hot. We know that he can play the piano and listens to classical music, so he must be sofisticated, elegant and respectable young man. So what if he is abusive bastard (not because of his sexual preferences, but because of his personality). I can understand that he likes BDSM, after all he is hardly the only one. I'm not into it, but I don't want to judge choices of other people and again, his sexual preferences are not the reason I call him abusive. I thought he was abusive from the start, before sex. He acted like he owns her or something, then he stalked her, then he took her home when she was drunk (to be honest, I was surprised that he didn't do something really nasty to her then) and he manipulated her all the time. He knew how insecure and naive she is, but he also knew what affect he has on her and he used that to make her do everything he wanted. That's manipulative and mean.
Actually, Ana and Christian are a perfect match. Naive and stupid, she is like a puppet in his hands. (Hey, who needs brain and self confidence when you have such a hot freak like Christin to tell you what you like and what you need! ) Christian is somewhat smarter and wants to boss everyone arround. He must be in control of everything to feel like a man and Ana gives him exactly what he needs. Oh, how sweet and romantic -.- Now every other girl wants to be like Ana and find someone like Christian. Wtf!!! What happened to all normal, good boys and girls? This is the end of the world as we know it.
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*** Contains some spoilers,don't read if you are just starting Beautiful Disaster***
Beautiful Disaster started so good - we have a bad boy, a smart, q*** Contains some spoilers,don't read if you are just starting Beautiful Disaster***
Beautiful Disaster started so good - we have a bad boy, a smart, quiet girl, tension between them and a great setting for some hot romance. Wow! I was hooked after page one.
Then I got to the middle and I felt like screaming! Everything just fell apart. Nooooooo!!! After that, it became worse and worse. The second half of the book was just wrong in so many ways that the whole thing made me angry.
The bad boy changed so much it made me want to slap him every time he said he loved her - and that was pretty much what he said every time he opened his mouth. It was ridiculous! He was this troubled but cool guy when he met Abby and after hanging out with her for a while he became obsessed, violent stalker, which is not cool/sexy at all.
Also: “I don’t get scared very often,” he said finally. “I was scared the first morning I woke up and you weren’t here. I was scared when you left me after Vegas. I was SCARED when I thought I was going to have to tell my dad that Trent had died in that building. But when I saw you across the flames in that basement…I was TERRIFIED. I made it to the door, was a few feet from the exit, and I couldn’t leave.” Something here just sounds wrong to me. It's not a big deal, but it does bother me. I just can't imagine someone feeling only scared about a family member death and terrified about possible danger of the same for the girlfriend/boyfriend. I mean, you love them both, so can you really put one before the other? That probably wasn't the intention of this part (he was just trying to show his love for her, I know), but it came out wrong and I don't like it. It's just another proof that he is nothing but an obsessed jerk.
Abby seemed smart and interesting in the first half, but then she changed as well. She became one of the most annoying characters I have ever read about. She just jumped from being a normal girl to this self-centered, stupid person that all of the sudden every guy wants. Oh, give me a break! She played with both Travis and Parker and they weren't even mad at her (not for real at least) because she is just oh-so-fu..ing-beautiful-and-awesome that both of them wanted to be friends with her after she hooked up and turned her back to both of them for I don't know how many times. She was ok with Travis punching and kicking people just because they dared to talk to ''love of his life'', with him destroying the apartment and yelling at their friends because of her. He made her change her clothes just because it was too sexy for him and she didn't even blink. Even her tatto didn't say ''Travis'' but ''Mrs. Maddox'', just to make sure everyone knows that she belongs to him. All those things just scream DOMESTIC VIOLENCE in the future!
And what was with EVERYONE always staring and gossiping about her and Travis? I went to colledge and lived in a dorm and sure, there’s always gossip that goes around, but this was just too much. I mean, it felt like every single time she walked in cafeteria everyone just stopped living their lives and concentrated on her and Travis and every single move they made. A certain fight between America and Shep (just becouse they were around when Abby and Travis were fighting) was plain stupid. They love each other so much, but when their friends do something stupid (which is all the time) they are allways somehow affected. It felt like all other characters were nothing more than puppets and all they did was watch Abby and Travis, talk and think about two of them.
And the end - the ‘’big finale’’. It was... Well, I don't know what the hell was that, but I know I did not like it at all.
I give it 2 stars just because of the first few chapters, which were beautiful. Everything else was disaster. ...more