“It's dangerous to need someone that much. You're trying to save him and he's hoping you can. You two are a disaster."
Firstly, don't trust the summar...more“It's dangerous to need someone that much. You're trying to save him and he's hoping you can. You two are a disaster."
Firstly, don't trust the summary. For instance: "Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe." She's 19, she drinks, swears, and has a fake ID. That's nowhere near a good girl. Also: "Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet." He doesn't trick her. She bets with him with full knowledge she's going to lose.
So if you thought this was the typical good girl/bad boy story, where he goes through countless women until one comes in and puts him to his place, and puff: happily ever after, you were wrong. Well, partially. The truth is, even though that is the main plot, this is so much deeper and so much darker.
I must say, I wouldn't be able to deal with the things the main character dealt with. If a boyfriend started talking about marriage and forever a month after we got together, and threatening to kill every man that looked my way, I would run for the hills. And I'm glad she did, too. The best thing about this book is its authenticity. Abby's emotions and reactions to Travis's behavior were completely lifelike and, even though many of us don't admit it, we've all been in such situations when a love is hugging us and kissing us passionately, and we just stand there, ashamed of not feeling a thing. I loved the sad moment when Travis is so enchanted with the promise of great money, and she just turns and leaves, because she can't stand living that over and over again. The character's were well developed, even their background, their emotions and actions are rational. The side characters also had a good enough presence, except for one. I truly don't understand the point of Kara in the entire book. She made no difference in the plot, the only scenes we ever saw her in were in the dorm, and the dialogues were always half a page long at most.
I also saw some contradicting in Abby. For instance, at one moment she's against sexism, and the next she is changing her mind about a pretty big thing in her life after some really good sex. Other than that, she's a well developed character.
Travis is an interesting character, though I think his development was rushed and his personality and attitudes changed very quickly throughout the book, and I couldn't keep up. His attachment to Abby was a bit worrying, and at times I just wanted to say: "Run, girl, run while you can." His possessiveness over his girlfriend and constant jealousy were a bit off putting. Though I did like her reactions to the situation. She didn't act as if that was the "most romantic thing ever", she acted very mature, and decided herself where she drew the line.
I also loved the little, but meaningful attention to detail that goes very unnoticed in everyday life.
All in all, the book was very interesting and the plot and the characters well developed. (less)