DNF at p. 192 (52%)
I was enthusiastic to pick up this second book in the Bianca Grey series because of how the first book drew me. It jumped in right where the first one left off. Enough time had passed since I read the first book that I had some emotional distance and was ready to see what happens now that Bianca has gone searching for her birth mom and is attending college in Hawaii.
This book builds strongly on book one so I don’t think it should standalone.
As I said, this story begins with Bianca parting from Pete breaking his heart, but determined to make her way alone in Hawaii both for college and for her search to find her birth family. She settles in easily finding a job, making friends, getting out and experiencing Hawaii and its art along with making a few guy encounters.
The story includes side stories narrated by Shawn, Riley, Gaby, and a few others in Bianca’s sphere.
This was the point where I called it quits.
Most of the time when I DNF a book, I feel rather strongly about the elements that made me put it aside. In this case, that is not the case except for one thing. In fact, it was because I couldn’t feel that strongly about this story that I set it aside.
The story meandered along without much of interest happening. I felt like I was getting a play by play of Bianca’s daily life and then added to her was the daily doings of her friends. It is told first person which should have made me feel close to the action, but instead I felt distant from the characters and the story.
More than a third of the way in, there was barely any mention of the search for her birth mom which was the whole reason she ran off to Hawaii and broke Pete’s heart. Any mention of Pete is her spending her time working to forget him. She kept people at arm’s length still even if she thought of them as friends so she isn’t growing past her hang-ups from the past. Then the one thing that didn’t sit well with me was when she used a nice guy to scratch an itch before reminding him that they were just friends.
Almost 200 pages in, I felt not much was going on and I guess I got bored waiting for something to happen (I went to work. I went to class. I went to a party. I did my art project. I miss Pete. Etc). I would assume that eventually she does make progress on the search for her mom and maybe even gets past denying her feelings for Pete (or maybe not). I don’t know.
Like I said, this story isn’t awful and the details of Hawaii and the interrelationships were alright. I just couldn’t get into it. Those who enjoy YA transitioned to NA Contemporary might want to give this a go since the author has a unique writing voice and set up a strong story in the first book that carries over a little into this one.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.