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Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton
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Oct 31, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: yeah-right, young-adult, romance

2.5 Stars

I really wanted to love this book, but at times I felt that Ms. Stanton should just have cut to the chase and named Libby after the Biblical figure Job. Because seriously??? How could so many overtly awful things happen to one person? Keeping up with the many things that sucked for the poor kid was exhausting.

That was my first major issue. Also of concern was how quickly characters in this book made (usually totally wrong). It took Peter half of a Kindle page (on my phone) to convince Libby to take a fairly bold step, without either of them making plans or attempting to think things through. That's not my idea of romance; in another type of book, Libby would just be trading one type of beleaguered existence for another.

Let's talk about Peter's family and how much they suck.



There. We've now given a fairly major betrayal about as much attention as the book did.

The central storyline in this book was nice, but it felt like a lot more telling than showing happened. Details were not addressed, in order to maximize the affects of Libby and Peter's story. It would have been nice if Libby's dad merited more attention, instead of the literary equivalent of a shrug.

I liked that Libby eventually did what she could on her own to improve her circumstances, and that there was an 11th hour attempt by the author to give her some sort of agency, but it ended up feeling tacked on and disconnected from who Libby was for much of the book. This book would have been much better if it had managed to retain a fairytale's sense of wonder, without sacrificing logic and attention to detail.
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