This book was kind of ridiculous. I mean, I can get behind the premise of the plot, but holy shit the two main characters were just.... dumb. And bori...moreThis book was kind of ridiculous. I mean, I can get behind the premise of the plot, but holy shit the two main characters were just.... dumb. And boring. And the sex scenes were laughably horrible and cringe worthy!
* Deacon growled 21 times in this book. WTF. A growl here and there... okay. But 21 times! Deacon and/or Mac moaned 23 times. There were 25 instances of gasping. Between the growling, gasping and the moaning, I'm sure it sounded like dying animals.
* The sex scenes were just so.... awkward for me to read. Lots of talk about 'darlin' and 'creaming' and blech!
But back to the romance--it's just ridiculous! I mean, they haven't seen each other in TEN YEARS and then Deacon shows up for his dad's funeral, they fuck, and suddenly they are like soooOOOOoOOOoo in lurrrrrve.
I usually like Hoover's novels because I like the angst and the sad and the reconciliation.
BUT OMG SO MUCH WAS WRITTEN LIKE THIS.
I wanted to chop my eyeballs out.
And seriously? Miles can go fuck himself. He was a Top Rated Douchecanoe and I have no idea why Tate even liked him. Because he's hot and fucks well? Oooookay. That's grounds for liking. Lusting. But not loving. We literally see nothing redeeming about him. Sometimes he gives her the ol' Puppy Dog Eyes and she goes all gooey and thinks she can change his mind. Whut?
I mean, basically this book is the ultimate stereotype about women and relationships: JUST LOVE HIM ENOUGH AND HE'LL CHANGE HIS MIND / LOVE YOU BACK / REALIZE HE IS WRONG / LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER.
Basically, Tate is a special snowflake (I mean, she's the ONLY THING that has gotten Miles out of his depressive zombie state in six years) that apparently has no self-respect and considers herself a strong independent woman... except around Miles.
Miles: Hey! I kinda wanna bang your brains out. Tate: Yeah buddy you do! Let's do the damn thing. Miles: But, wait. I kinda won't wanna deal with "emotions" or being human so let's just leave this at fucking. Tate: Hrm. (I kinda have the feels for you. But I also really wanna bone....) Okay. Sounds good! Nothing bad will come of this ever!
Blargh. I like angsty stuff and all but this was less angst and more stupidity. "Huh! He keeps telling me that he does NOT want a relationship and is NOT looking for love. I wonder if he wants a relationship?" ERRRMAHHHHHGERRRRRDDD.
Okay, so I really wanted to like this book but it just didn't live up to its potential.
The first third of it is fairly boring -- and I think I only k...moreOkay, so I really wanted to like this book but it just didn't live up to its potential.
The first third of it is fairly boring -- and I think I only kept reading because I've seen the first few episodes of the show so I was thinking of that.
Warning! The book is nothing like the show, in case you thought this was a comedy.
I have a few issues with this book: This book reeks of white privilege.
Okay, let me explain. This book is the author's experience. I am not negating her experience. But it is CLEARLY the experience of a privileged, upper middle class white woman. People of color are overrepresented in the criminal justice system. And while Kerman's experience is valid in that it is her experience, it is NOT the experience of most women in prison.
While I did appreciate that she pointed out some of the injustices in the prison system (power play between guards and prisoners, slave labor, lacking mental and physical medical care, overlooking life after release) I felt that they were said in passing and not really elaborated on. "I'm glad I have good health. I wouldn't get good care here." I would have appreciated some statistics to back up what she said (not that I don't believe her, just that facts always lends credence to the claim).
Also, she gets released from prison .... and that's it. I would have welcomed a chapter or two on how she adjusted reentering society (though she was extremely privileged in that aspect).
I could rattle on but I won't. Basically: I really feel like this could have been a brilliant social commentary on the prison system and how broken it is. What it felt like to me was a really long essay about how Kerman was grounded that one time she did something bad. (less)
Not bad. Anna certainly does something you wouldn't expect her too. But Edward was a bit annoying with his "She only wants to bone me because of my sc...moreNot bad. Anna certainly does something you wouldn't expect her too. But Edward was a bit annoying with his "She only wants to bone me because of my scars!" And then "She doesn't want to marry me because of my scars!" WHICH IS IT?!(less)