This was an interesting story, but I was disappointed in many ways. The cuss words were even nastier, less justified, and more prevalent than in the f...moreThis was an interesting story, but I was disappointed in many ways. The cuss words were even nastier, less justified, and more prevalent than in the first installment, and this book is quite crass at times. Plus, the romance was stupid, and the characters were absolute nitwits.
The romance wasn't even worth calling romance. It was fully self-focused, lust-based, and hormonal. Throughout the book, I kept having to remind myself that not everybody is like this. The skewed perspective about "love" and unwise behavior may characterize many teens, but not everybody is like this, and there is still hope for humanity.
Gideon, the male lead and love interest, is an absolute jerk. One moment, he's kissing Gwen, and the other moment he's brushing her off and ignoring her. Supposedly, he is every teenage girl's dream guy, but he is unkind and self-focused, and there is not even real character development. In the first book, I was like, "Oh, another one of these irritating stock characters." In this book, my response was more like, "Gwen is absolute imbecile to find this jerk attractive. I would have punched his lights out already, and I don't even punch people."
Gwen is... normal. Hopelessly normal. She reminds me of annoying girls I knew when I was in middle school youth group. Her ideas of love make me cringe, because it's not about love at all. These characters are not friends who really care about each other and begin to feel attraction. Rather, they're a boy and a girl who have never gotten along, and will kiss and butt heads even in the same chapter. If this is realistic, I want nothing more to do with reality.
Gwen doesn't love this boy! She is carnally attracted, with the first-person narrative going into extensive description of his appearance. And as much as that got on my nerves, what I really despised was all of the hormonal sobbing. Because she doesn't know where this relationship is going, and he may not actually like her, despite snogging her a few times, she has to sob about it to her best friend and listen to break-up songs.
This could be an intriguing story about time travel, and the plot has terrific potential, but this got completely bogged down in all of the idiotic, hormonal, attraction between two characters who lack even the commonest of common sense.(less)
**spoiler alert** This book should win an award for being the most disappointing completion to a series.
Despite the stellar writing and moving charact...more**spoiler alert** This book should win an award for being the most disappointing completion to a series.
Despite the stellar writing and moving characters, I hate this book. I had to finish it to find out what happened, but in retrospect, I wish I'd never even heard of it.
None of the characters were worth rooting for. The only one that I truly liked died, and that was it. I did finish the book, but that was only becasuse I wanted to know how it turned out, and if there was anything redeeming at the end. (There wasn't.)
In this final installment, all that was good or worth rooting for is gone. I hated all of the characters, because they contradicted most anything that I believe in. I wish I had never read this book.(less)