good although i wouldn't call it anything special. i didn't really have any emotional connection to the characters and their romance was kind of rushegood although i wouldn't call it anything special. i didn't really have any emotional connection to the characters and their romance was kind of rushed. maybe it's just me but i like some sort of build up to the dating phase, because that's what's most realistic in today's setting. after they began dating, nothing happened. AT ALL. i was half bored, half interested in how the book was going to end.
and some of the plot twists were kind of random, as if the author knew she had nothing else to write about and she needed to milk another few hundred pages....more
i read this a WHILE ago but i just remembered it and this series is such a keeper i love love love the characters and the plot. great ending to a trili read this a WHILE ago but i just remembered it and this series is such a keeper i love love love the characters and the plot. great ending to a trilogy :)
(fun fact i read this series in like 2013 and then the two books got republished and i've been waiting since for this one to come out)...more
honestly the romance wasn't the thing i was rooting for it was karen and her coping process. i LOVE gymnastics related things like make it or break ithonestly the romance wasn't the thing i was rooting for it was karen and her coping process. i LOVE gymnastics related things like make it or break it and watching the olympics and honestly this has all of those gymnastics elements while never taking away from the emotions and pain of grief. definite recommend!...more
**spoiler alert** i don't usually write reviews anymore but this makes me so mad because i don't understand what i just read. within the first 10 page**spoiler alert** i don't usually write reviews anymore but this makes me so mad because i don't understand what i just read. within the first 10 pages, before we can even aptly INTRODUCE riley and clay's friendship, let alone establish it, the overused best friend romance trope comes into play. and honestly their friendship was completely unrealistic they were giving each other hickeys "as a joke" and kissing each other on the cheek when i can guarantee you almost no best friend pair does that every time they see each other. seriously it's so obvious what's going on because clay always has a "pained expression" on his face when riley does something supposedly sexy. and mind you this is all in the first 50 pages of the book.
they get together around the 100 page mark, spend the next 100 pages doing absolutely nothing except make out and go through a honeymoon phase. but don't worry, because the one plot device driving the central conflict of this book is the abusive ex boyfriend that riley goes out with during her and clay's "i want you but you don't love me back" phase. and then the last 100 pages comprises of more honeymooning, the "shocking" event that lands clay in the hospital, the inevitable breakup that lasts a total of one page, and spontaneous point of view shifts that is honestly very typical of a wattpad book (which it started off as). however i did expect that once this book got published that the randomly thrown in details would be edited out.
and what REALLY pissed me off is when they got married in vegas. WHO DOES THAT. they're in high school and they already show an excessive amount of pda (she literally straddles him in the cafeteria and then wonders why everybody thinks they're dating), but they so happen to get freaking MARRIED. WHY? that is so impulsive and stupid. i will grant that riley was wasted, but there was no indication of such until she woke up with a blazing hangover. and even if she was drunk out of her mind, she should have the sense to get a divorce. but no, clay manages to talk her out of it because he thinks that a divorce means he doesn't love her. if anything, it means she's a smart character who knows that 17 is too young to marry your best friend that you've been dating for a month.
so basically, overdone clichés and a completely implausible romance with a plot line that is so nonexistent even a microscope couldn't find it...more