I liked the author's book Sparrow enough to give another book a go. The synopsis on this one looked interesting so I gave it a shot, and to put it milI liked the author's book Sparrow enough to give another book a go. The synopsis on this one looked interesting so I gave it a shot, and to put it mild, I want to do violence to B. This book fails on so many levels. I rarely post but sometimes something aggravates to the point that I need to get it all out with words.
Before I begin my slightly organized, but may get off topic, rant you should be warned that I won't directly say what the "conflict" is in this story but if you have a working brain you will figure it out. So slight *SPOILER* warning to the following word vomit.
I detest weak-willed, whining female leads, such as B. She started out middle of the road, so pretty much tolerable, but soon things started piling up and I ended up pissed off. Ty started out mildly arrogant but that didn't last long and he soon became one of those guys who is menacing but has a gooey center and is really just a giant teddy bear. I read to the end knowing that it's was going to be a "happy" ending but hoping he would get better than what he ended up with.
On to my giant rant about this book! I DO NOT enjoy when authors 'tell' me what the character is and then proceeds to write their actions to the contrary. According the author and characters surrounding B she's independent, easy-going and an amazing person with deep layers unlike her sister. So that being said she is none of those things. The only one that was right was the one attached to her grandmother, and that's batshit crazy. She is not laid back and easy-going, in fact almost all her actions are uptight and super judgmental. She is not independent! She's co-dependent on her sister and parents and gets upset when their support comes with a caveat (SHOCKER! Good grades).
Now to the parts that really got me going!
But first to understand me and how I feel about these things I recommend watching the TedTalk "Why I'm not a feminist" by Betsy Cairo. After that you will understand me calling myself an Equalist to explain my view on equal respect. Because there is no equal respect in this relationship, Ty treats her with the respect of being his girlfriend, yet B time and time again beats him down emotionally and then kicks him while he's down. B calls herself a feminist several times in the book and scolds her inner feminist when she doesn't act the way that she believes a feminist should. What those actions should be I don't know but it becomes clear that she embraces some of the side effects of using the word feminist, which Betsy Cairo talks about in her video. Such as an extreme biases toward the female gender and a nasty double standard. It's almost like Ty was doomed from the beginning because he was a guy and enjoyed his barbaric career in MMA; instant douchebag in B's eyes! The nasty double standard you say? Well she even points it out herself when referring to him as a manwhore, but apparently it's ok to be a shewhore because of feminism just not a manwhore. Because that makes sense! Then we get to the "conflict" and I saw red! The author writes the situation where essentially the fighters are preyed upon by those with the money and means to do so because the fighters need money to advance their careers (according to the book coaches, gym memberships, nutritionist cost a lot of money leaving the fighters stuck). If that's the case than the cards are stacked against them and people come in to prey on this situation; that makes the fighters victims. Yet B treats him like shit for choosing to be a victim. She makes herself the betrayed victim and tries to make it out that it was because he lied and could have given her an STD. Let’s break that down logically. First off he never lied but said he was not ready to talk about and secondly, he has to be tested for STDs because they bleed in the ring (thought you researched the sport chica but apparently not).
I had a hard time believing she loved him at this point and found her extremely shallow, stupid and judgmental. After that realization every human interaction she had after that came off like she was patronizing and judgmental to the people around her. I read to the end because I liked Ty as a character and was hoping B would grow up in their time apart but apparently she was justified in acting like a child and didn’t need to change....more
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