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Posted November 8, 2012
I did not like this book. The characters did not have any connection with me, and the story doesn't progress fast enough. I didn't feel anything for this book. I didn't even finish this book. Over all, I did not enjoy this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2012
I really wanted to like this story more than I did. I felt that
I really wanted to like this story more than I did. I felt that it was nice to have the point of view of a male character in Jackson. I liked that we got to see his emotions in not only dealing with his father, but seeing his sister "years after" her death again, and spending time with Holly in a past they never shared.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
For some reason I didn't connect with the characters the way I would have liked. There was something missing to make me really feel like I had a stake in what happened to them.
The progression of events moved a little slow for most of the story. This story really kicks in at the very end and I think that if the author took the last 15% or so and went on from there it would have been more successful.
Not a bad book, just lacking in some areas.
Posted January 18, 2012
Wait for the silver screen. The plot will be enhanced with visuals and access to popcorn¿
I liked this book the same way I liked I Am Number Four. Once the action started I was hooked on seeing “what happens next”. Which means I spent the first half the book wading through some pretty poor writing before the mystery/action scenes distracted me from the bad dialogue.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
My biggest issue was that Jackson didn’t sound like a teenage boy. I think it’s why he’s so hard to connect with. There’s no reality in his thoughts or actions. They really do sound like a woman attempting to talk/think like a young man. And it’s really not working. And when the main protagonist of the story doesn’t ring true…it’s hard to accept the world building in the rest of the plot.
The main female lead, Holly, is better conceived. Her dialogue seems realistic, as do her choices during the plot. But Holly obviously goes through a major change in the few years between High School Holly and College Holly because they’re practically two different people. And while I like to think that as I age I mature and change as well. I’ve never switched from spunky and outgoing to reserved in a matter of two years. Not without a major life changing event. Though, Cross could be building up to that in her future installments.
For me, the only though provoking statement in, almost, the whole book is when Adam questions why Jackson thinks he’s even in love with Holly. When Adam says it I thought “Finally, someone is going to mention the elephant in this room book.” This statement alone pauses our hero and causes him to redefine his relationship with her…look below the surface. I like that he took this criticism to heart. It was one of the best things Jackson did in the whole book. Because before he was so unconnected to his feelings. Very wooden in his actions. The character was claiming to feel things I didn’t really feel as a reader. Adam’s protective query redeemed, slightly, Cross’s writing. It made me think she might actually have a plan for this whole shebang.
Ultimately, what bothers me most is I don’t know why this is even a book. Most reviews say that this book would be better as a movie. Why not just write the movie? Is it the desire for sales across both genres? Was the book just a foot in the door for a movie deal? This is just another case of a decent idea gone unfulfilled. Had Cross spent more time in the writing phase of her book we’d end up with better characters and a more substantial plot this could be an interesting tale. As it stands it just left me with a cliffhanger that will force me to read the next book…or just watch the movie…
Rating: 2/5 Wait for the silver screen. The plot will be enhanced with visuals and access to popcorn…
Posted April 27, 2012
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