Author: Abbi Glines
Published by: Simon Pulse; August 25, 2015
Format/Source: E-Arc provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
There is something about Abbi Glines’ books. They always seem to pull me in, and they may not be the best books ever, but I always seem to enjoy them. Like all of her other books that I’ve read, I had some issues, but overall, I liked this book.
Maggie witnessed her father murder her mother. She told the police what happened and then to protect herself from the trauma of it, she chooses to stop speaking completely. Everyone wants her to talk about what happened and she refuses to speak to them, eventually they stop asking. It probably wasn’t the healthiest way for her to handle that trauma, but people deal with grief differently, and eventually she learns to start speaking again without worrying about the questions.
West is a jock. He is pretty much the typical YA jock. Arrogant, cocky, sure of himself, with all the girls fawning over him.But underneath it all, he has a slightly sweet side. His father is dying of cancer and he is struggling to accept it. He hasn’t told any of his teammates, coaches, teachers, or anyone who could have actually helped him. He has a girlfriend he doesn’t even really like and his world is just sort of spiraling out of control.
Maggie’s cousin Brady, West’s teammate and best friend, is tasked with showing Maggie the ropes and watching over her at school.He is forced to bring her along to the last field party before the new school year starts, but she spends the whole night hiding out by the cars. This is where she first meets West and that first meeting was kind of creepy.
My biggest problem with this book is the relationship between Maggie and West. It was weird and sometimes bordered on creepy, at least in the beginning.They understand each other because they’ve both been through hell, it’s what originally connects them, that’s what makes her comfortable enough to actually speak to him. The problem is that once Maggie starts helping West cope with his father dying, West becomes dependent on Maggie in a very unhealthy way. He serioulsy gets jealous of Brady, her cousin, because he made her laugh. I appreciated that Maggie was able to actually see that it was an unhealthy relationship and she took a step back. She was smart enough to recognize his obsessive nature, because it reminds her of her father.
The other big problem I have with this book was how this book is a prefect example of, tear every other female character down to build Maggie into the beautiful, understanding, perfect girl. Every other girl in this book is described as good looking, but not a lot to them and they’re only good for one thing. Someone pointed that out as a thing somewhere and since then, I’ve been noticing it a lot more in books. It is very noticeable in this book and it definitely bothered me.
Despite all of that, I did actually like this book. It was interesting and it kept my attention, and I am definitely planning on continuing the series.