I have to write this review right away because I want to get this bad taste out of my mouth.
If there was ever a book where I felt as if I was readingI have to write this review right away because I want to get this bad taste out of my mouth.
If there was ever a book where I felt as if I was reading a different book than anyone else, this would be it. I had to look through three pages of reviews for this book before I found one bad one.
So, what's going on? People seriously liked this book?
I get the same feel for this book as I did with Easy. As in, the whole thing was utterly unbelievable in every way. Except this was about 10 times worse.
The writing in this book is like a bad soap opera, it feels amateur and unpolished. It actually reminded me of Simone Elkeles's work except that those books are actually a guilty pleasure for me, and this was not.
Lets start with the characters. They're all stereotypical, cliché, and flat. All of them. The secondary characters only are mentioned when the main characters need something, and Alex and Dylan are so awful I actually was just dying for the book to end so I wouldn't have to read about them any more. Alex was perfect in every way and basically a push over who keeps forgiving Dylan every time he hurt her. And Dylan was a tortured war veteran who couldn't get over himself and blaming himself for everything long enough to move on with his life.
And I don't mean to be insensitive, because I get that people come back really messed up from Afghanistan and they suffer from bad PTSD, but was it believable in this book? No. Not in the least. And I felt like the author was just exploiting it to make a story juicier.
And don't let me get started on the plot. There were so many "are you kidding me" moments that I had to skim through the last 100 pages. Spoiler alert, but can someone explain to me how someone with a fractured skull and possible brain damage who's hospitalized can rape a girl like 2 months later? Because those are the type of inconsistencies and overall bad writing that happen all over this book.
It got to the point were I was so tired of the I love you, let's be together forever, actually let's not, well give me a second chance, I love you part of the plot that I honestly wanted Alex and Dylan to break up and stay broken up because their relationship was so unhealthy and bad for both of them.
I'm sorry to bash this book, a lot of people apparently like it. But I can't really understand how or why. I would advise anyone to not even waste their time. ...more
I'm sure there are plenty of talented authors out there who struggle to get published. I always think about those authors when I read a book like thisI'm sure there are plenty of talented authors out there who struggle to get published. I always think about those authors when I read a book like this one. Susane Colasanti is a pretty successful writer, you can't go into a Teen section of a book store without seeing her work.
And I can't help but wonder, WHY? HOW? How do people read this book? Why do people give it anything more than maybe 2 stars?
The book is about a girl named Brooke who is in love with a guy named Scott. Brooke knows, call it a sixth sense, that Scott is the love of her life and that they're meant to live happily ever after. All she needs to do is tell him, and he'll realize this, and then they can go steady. Except Scott is moving to New York City! Oh and did I mention that she's never even spoken to him?! Except for once, the week before he leaves, when she was going to reveal her feelings and instead finds out the terrible news. And he tells her that he's noticed her, and it's a shame they never got to talk.
That totally means he's been harboring a secret crush on her for years, right? Like, oh my gosh, totally!
So never fear, luck would have it that Brooke's parents got divorced, and her dad lives in New York! What a coincidence! So she moves there to live with him. I mean, never mind how much she's hurting her mom by leaving her to choose to live with the guy that left them. Friends that she's known all her life? Who gives about them! Who's to stand in the way of true love?
Okay, I didn't get to the end of this book. I just couldn't. First of all, Brooke is a STALKER. And a terrible person. If I was Scott i would get a restraining order. She's supposedly really smart, gifted smart, but the whole book she acts like an idiot.
The book is just so, so predictable that it just sucks the fun out of reading it to the point where I couldn't even finish it to make fun of it. I skimmed and speed read to the end just to confirm what I already knew was gonna happen. I sort of liked April and Sadie, and John a little bit, but they're all pretty flat. And Brooke, ugh. Just UGH.
I think it's safe to say that Colasanti and I are done, and I won't be picking up any books by her in the future.
I can't exactly pinpoint the exact reason why I gave this book such a low rating. It seemed like a book I would like, fluffily YA romance, right? ButI can't exactly pinpoint the exact reason why I gave this book such a low rating. It seemed like a book I would like, fluffily YA romance, right? But I felt more and more sour towards the book as the pages went on, until I was reading it just for the sake of finishing it. Maybe it's the characters, who I couldn't connect with in the slightest. Apart from Patrick, her sister's husband, I pretty much found everyone in this book annoying. Too typical, cliche, and boring. Even Ari got just completely unbearable at one point. For such a caring, plain person she sure messes up in this book. A lot. The attraction to her sister's husband and not to mention every male except her dad mentioned in this book (I am not kidding) put me off. The way Ari treats all her friends in this book and allows herself to be walked all over rubbed me the wrong way. And was it necessary to set this book in the 80's? I'm all for it if it actually did something for the story, but it doesn't. I would forget for half the book until the author mentioned AIDS. You would think she would have fun with it, including music and clothing, but from the descriptions I couldn't imagine it at all. I think the main problem is, once I stopped liking Ari, I stopped liking this book. Books with weak heroines don't do it for me, but I guess someone else could get past the issues I had and enjoy this. ...more
This book was such a disappointment, this is probably 1.5 stars instead of 2. I fully expected to love it. Nice cover, interesting summary, good revieThis book was such a disappointment, this is probably 1.5 stars instead of 2. I fully expected to love it. Nice cover, interesting summary, good reviews. And it had the potential to be good, instead I felt like I was feeling the rejected script of an abc or cw show. The book was so ridiculously dramatic that it actually made me laugh at parts. There are SO many different plot twists and turns, and the first few were fine but after like, 10, it was just come on!! Am I watching a soap opera? Plus the characters were all so flat! It made me not feel bad for any of them and instead find them incredibly annoying. There are a few other issues I have with this book, like the one scene where she cuts herself and then it's promptly never mentioned again? Um, okay. And I don't know how liberal they are in England but do they really let 17 year olds live alone when their mother dies? Travel for 8 months abroad with an ex boyfriend? In the end it just feels like the author is milking a terminal illness in this book to get the emotional reaction from readers, it feels cheap and contrived. ...more