Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Summary: A girl is allergic to everything and lives in a vacuum sealed house that she hasn't ever left. A "hawt" boy moves in next door and she decides to do some crazy stuff.
I did NOT like this book. I was so disappointed by it...I hadn't heard anything bad about this book since it came out in 2015.
Things I didn't like about this book:
I didn't care about the characters. I don't know....I just felt like I didn't know them. I don't really know why I felt this way. Maybe I felt they were underdeveloped? Maybe they were just kind of shallow? I felt like they were just kind of there.
Insta-love. This book was so insta-love I couldn't even handle it. I hoped beyond all hope that it wouldn't be...but everything happened so fast. I don't even think I was 15% in? Maybe even less? Who knows. It was like, "boy moves in....we saw each other and we are now in love." I didn't think it was necessary. Insta-love is rarely necessary. And it wasn't even cute love. Like sometimes you read about couples and it makes you squee and feel all warm and fuzzy inside...like "God....I want that too." I didn't feel anything. If you are going to do something poopy like insta-love, make it squee-worthy.
Shitty family dynamic...standard, "abusive drunk dad beats my mom and it wasn't always like that..." kind of thing. But I don't think that was necessary either. Like...it didn't really do anything for Olly's character. He didn't have any issues with love or relationships...it didn't do anything...Only one time did it do something, but I think the events could have happened with out the whole shitty family background idea.
The ending and the pacing. Though the book was a quick read, (about two days of non-committed reading) everything happened too quickly and the really good stuff didn't happen until about 60% into the story. Which, in my opinion, is kinda poopy. I also didn't really like how it ended. Like the last page or so. I felt like things weren't really resolved and everything was a bit convenient.
Things I did like about this book:
It was a really fast read. The chapters were super short and there were some neat illustrations and some charts and such. I appreciated that.
The writing was decent. It was descriptive and painted pictures when it needed to. Sometimes, it was a bit flat, but all in all it was enjoyable.
I liked the last 100 pages. It was a good ending (minus the above mentioned problems) and that helped with the rating.
This book was pretty typical YA for me. I liked bits of it, but it just wasn't for me. I am glad I didn't buy this book and I am also glad that I had a chance to try it out. YA contemporary is really hit or miss for me. This was a huge miss...
So hello again....long time no update. I just got back from three months in Nagasaki, Japan and I hadn't been reading too much. I have been 30% into A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin for the past two months and not reading much else. Now that I am home again and have full access to my library and the local library, I'm starting to read again. Hopefully these will be more frequent...but I always say that....Hahaha!