This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Young Adult Romance
Released on September 30, 2014
I stopped reading at 15% and I want to make it perfectly clear that this is one of those ‘it’s me and not you’ situations or at least I’ll take the hit for finding the heroine too immature. I am a hit or miss YA reader and I thought this sounded really cute when I picked it up. After I started reading, I discovered that I really felt too old for this story. I might come back for it later when I’m in a different frame of mind because there were lots of elements that totally had me smiling.
Aly needs to feel sexy and wanted by boys who treat her as a friend was sort of adorably sad. However, her little plot of Operation Sexy and using her best guy friend and secret crush to score the school manwhore/pop guy just left me impatient with her. This is not the girl with physical flaws or quirks that get her labeled as weird. She’s a good student, star athlete and has plenty of friends and fun so I couldn’t really buy her 911 need. There’s not even an actual event in her life that sends her into this desperate state. She sells herself short and is on a mission to embrace the shallow fleeting things and it was just…sad. Brandon telling her that guys respected her, liked her and felt she was commitment material translated in her mind to ‘unwanted and boring’- again, sad for her, but wanted to swat her for listening with her insecurities and missing what is right under her nose.
So yeah, probably going to be a really cute story in the Pygmalion or Ugly Duckling style and one I probably would have finished and possibly liked when I was younger. From what little I read, I think the writing is good, the characters are appealing and this would be a hit with many YA Contemporary Romance readers.
My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.