Gave up on page a hundred and something, so another fair shot at trying to dive into the story, but unfortunately I was left to do all the work when reading this because this story didn't pull me in.
The book is littered with said-bookisms. I am gobsmacked it even got published. And when I say littered, I literally mean LITTERED. It was rare to come across the word "said" and I mean rare. The book is riddled with "I muttered, I whispered, I grunted, I snapped, I responded, I commented, I murmered etc..." And she could barely ever say "I answered" she always had to say "I answered angrily", "I replied sternly", "I asked nervously", "I began tetchily", "I answered flatly", "She shrugged regretfully", "Hannah called impatiently..." Honestly, I could go on forever. It is used way too much and that's all I ever saw. I don't see the story playing out in my mind, well, not as clearly as it could be.
The dialogue tags were so childish that I couldn't concentrate on what the person was actually saying. All I was reading was whether this person was muttering and then the next moment answering forcefully. That's fine, but when it's on every single page in nearly every single dialogue (no joke) it becomes tiresome and irritating.
As for the story, kind of cheesy. The characters were the stereotypical characters. The bubbly best friends and the sweet, innocent protagonist.
I liked how it was set in England (many stories I read are set in America, even though I don't care where it's set but it was refreshing, especially the use of "college" meaning college and not university).
The cover is amazing and, yes, that did sway me to buy it, along with the blurb and the "I'm going to steal your life." So judging by all that, I thought it would be quite gothic, but the only thing disturbing about this book is the mind-boggling amount of pathetically childish dialogue tags.