My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First, the cover: it’s slightly typical of New Adult novels, but this novel borders on the age of Young Adult anyways. I do like it, but I’m not in love with it.
The first thing that stuck out to me was the fact the book was written in present tense. I didn’t like that aspect at all, so I found myself naturally changing the tense in my mind. Eventually I didn’t notice it as much. In it’s entirety the book was a bit of a roller coaster for me, but in a repetitive way. The MC was up and down, all over the place, but the same places over and over. It perfectly embodies teenage angst, over and over. It was Colt, no Jordan, happy, sad, angst, angst and horny, horny, horny, horny. Colt, no Jordan, happy, sad–you get my point. Thus, I skimmed major portions of the book just to get to the core of the story.
As for the characters, I didn’t really love any of them. I also didn’t really feel like I knew anything more about them by the end of the book besides the basics.
Charlotte seemed like a pointless character, who if removed, wouldn’t have changed the story much in my opinion.
Colt was just a giant jerk. He was supposed to be, but I don’t understand why at the end he’s suddenly somewhat nice. If someone treats you like that, kick their butt to the curb–don’t be friends with them!
Jordan was sweet and said to be a geek, but for the life of me I don’t know why. Does he participate in chess club, mathletes or something? He underwent the typical geek to chic transformation, and has been in love with the MC even though he’s never talked to her.
Onto the MC, she’s suffered the loss of her father and hates the world for it. I understand where she’s coming from, but her relationships develop so quickly and are so all over the place that I really believed what she needed was a straight jacket. Her relationships all also seemed superficial, but this may be because I didn’t feel I saw any relationship building. There was a lot of physical, but very little of anything else–then she’s suddenly in love with Jordan. She also confused me with her constant pestering about her v-card, and her vileness at Jordan being a pastor. She’s waited 18 years, she can’t wait a few more? She acts like Jordan being a pastor is the end of the world, but pastors can still marry and do it, so I’m not sure why she was freaking out. I know she no longer believed in God, but she constantly harped on the sex part and not too much of the God part.
Overall, I felt the novel had a strong message about God and faith, but it felt clouded by the lack of relationships of the characters.