I had trouble getting into this story because I wanted it to be more than it was. If it was supposed to be a character driven novel, I feel like there...moreI had trouble getting into this story because I wanted it to be more than it was. If it was supposed to be a character driven novel, I feel like there should have been more opportunity to learn who each character was, aside from how the other thought of him. If it was supposed to be story driven, I feel that it lacked a strong conflict. The only moments of tension come from neither knowing the other was in love with him and small moments of insecurity after they begin a physical relationship - both of which are resolved easily. The story would've been better for me if the beginning hadn't been repetitive and if it was more of a challenge for Nate and Jake to make things work. Their idealized world of perfect love with almost nothing to get in the way didn't feel realistic, even in context.(less)
**spoiler alert** I loved it and I'm pretty sure I'm going to be obsessing about it until I finish the series.
I'm not sure how much I can say without...more**spoiler alert** I loved it and I'm pretty sure I'm going to be obsessing about it until I finish the series.
I'm not sure how much I can say without giving the plot away, but I'll give it a try. I found the characters engaging (though there were times I wanted to give Boone a hard shake for being a drama queen) and the story at times compelling and sweet. I stopped after the first couple of chapters to go to work (isn't that the worst reason to leave a good story) and when I picked it up again, I couldn't stop reading until I'd finished. I'm sure the four hours of sleep I got is the reason this review may read as partly incoherent, but understand that I really liked the story, though I felt the ending was more bittersweet than a clearer, "textbook romance" ending might have been.
One small note, I liked Wade and Boone and the entire cast of characters, but I completely identified with how surreal it felt with the entire town reacting to Boone. I mean, they'd only known each other for a few days! Of course, that just heightened the humor in the funnier moments.(less)
**spoiler alert** I found this book interesting for a number of reasons. The story was enjoyable, but I kept thinking that so much of it was unrealist...more**spoiler alert** I found this book interesting for a number of reasons. The story was enjoyable, but I kept thinking that so much of it was unrealistic, even in context, I found it difficult to simply get into the story.
The first event that didn't sit well with me was Tristan's behavior when he realizes Michael is attracted to him. While it is understandable that he is flattered by the attention, I found it strange that his feelings go from hate (or rather strong dislike) to attraction and lust within the span of a couple of hours. Further, I thought it was unusual that this evening ended with the two of them having sex for the first time. I expected Tristan to be wary of beginning a physical relationship with someone he knew and disliked for more than a few minutes. Also, I thought it odd that Michael had been scoping him out since he was 17 and there were small moments where he came across as a little predatory.
What really kept me from giving this book four or five stars was the intensity of the relationship on both sides given the length of the relationship and Tristan's age. They didn't appear to have many conversations of substance early on, and rarely saw each other for a few days after their first night together because Tristan was busy with school, but after a little more than a week, Michael is in love and Tristan isn't far behind. I felt like it was rushed because they hardly knew each other before Michael gets his tattoo altered with Tristan's name and is giving him a key to his home and alarm code.
What bothered me most is that Tristan's mother is completely all right with everything that's happening. Her biggest concern is not that her son is debating moving in with someone he barely knows, their age difference or Tristan possibly being in over his head in his first serious relationship, just that his sister might be influenced by his sleeping at Michael's house after a week.
The last part which bothered me was Michael's instant jump to end the relationship because Tristan wasn't ready to move in and exchange rings barely two months after they'd begun seeing each other. Never mind Tristan's age (though that should've been a consideration), I found it incredibly selfish and clingy that he couldn't be more understanding of what Tristan had to be going through. Everyone doesn't need to move at warp speed.
I thought a great deal of the interaction between the characters was funny and interesting, even if I didn't feel it was necessarily realistic for the situation. I might have enjoyed the story more if the events had taken place over six months or more, giving the characters time to develop their feelings in a way I could identify with.(less)