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Loved!

Wow! What can I say, I loved this book!!! It slightly reminded me of The Barely Breathing searies & a book called Generational sins, which are both amazingly disturbing and great reads, if you can handle them. ;) I can't wait to see what this author writes next!!

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This review will contain spoilers. Consider yourself warned. :)

This review will contain spoilers. Consider yourself warned. :)

Playing Patience is labeled new adult, though I can't understand why since both the main characters are young adults still in high school. I was shocked by the similarities between the two character's bac...
This review will contain spoilers. Consider yourself warned. :)

Playing Patience is labeled new adult, though I can't understand why since both the main characters are young adults still in high school. I was shocked by the similarities between the two character's backgrounds. Abusive father. Cancer victim mother. I wasn't really convinced by Zeke's father either. He was an alcoholic, but this man would beat the crap out of Zeke without the slightest provocation. And we never saw a different side to him. I've had experience with mean drunks, and there's more to the story than: Drink beer. Beat people senseless... just cuz. People like that aren't ALL evil ALL the time.
What upset me most about this book was the amount of misogyny and obvious disrespect the characters had towards women. Zeke stereotyped and slut-shammed, and often referred to women as “females”. If he’d been hurt by women in his life this would be easier to understand, but there was literally no excuse for it. The peak of my anger towards him was when he made a joke about date-rape. (“Please. That chick’s as straight as they come. I’d have to drug her, too, to get her to put out.” We laughed.) And Zeke's friends Flinn and Chet were even worse. The men in this novel saw women as sex toys. They had no respect for them at all. And it doesn't change. Yes, Zeke's opinion of Patience changes with his character development, but his opinion towards women in general stays the same.
The writing itself was decent, but not the strongest. Secondary characters were barely described apart from the color of their hair/eyes. The author backtracked each time the POV switched. Around the middle of the book it started to wear me out. We'd read a scene, then it would switch to a different POV and we'd have to read a summary of that exact scene from their perspective. It wasn't even a reliving of the scene, it was a summary of it. That was another thing that frustrated me. The author had a habit of summarizing things instead of writing them out. The biggest climax of the book was given away right in the prologue. Another plot twist, aka Zeke cheats (big surprise), was easy to predict because every book that features a bad-boy/good-girl relationship has to have the man cheating on her. To me it felt like contrived drama, and I think the book would have done better without it. And Patience's reaction to catching him cheating was appalling. She was like a doormat; apologizing, and running away like she'd done something wrong. And I was really upset by the first sex scene between Patience and Zeke too. Patience is a victim of serious sexual abuse, and she fit the profile for about half the book. Then as the romance interfered, she did a sudden flip. I expected her first time with any other man to be tender, and careful, but instead it was rough and violent almost. Not sacred or believable at all.
This book serves no purpose other than romance. For a novel almost completely centered around physical and sexual abuse, I expected there to be a strong message for overcoming and rising above abusers, but in the end we got Zeke beating the hell out of his dad while Patience kills hers. Neither father was held accountable in a court of law, so there was no real sense of resolution. Most of the abuse felt contrived to bring the characters together. This book needed WAY more revision, and I think Tabatha needed to be more respectful, dealing with such sensitive subjects.

posted by Anonymous on May 4, 2013

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  • Posted June 23, 2013

    Worth the read. Good characters, unfortunately realistic in tod

    Worth the read. Good characters, unfortunately realistic in today's world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    great read

    i loved it until the end it just seemed really rushed. can't say more or i'll ruin it for everyone. i think there is going to be a sequel, but i'm not sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Wow

    Very intense

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