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A Reasonable Ending to the Series
on October 23, 2012
This is a good wrap-up to the Caitlin series, but compared to the other books it felt like that extra spark was missing. Either that or it suffered from how long ago I read the first book.
It was fun to see wedding planning from her point of view once she accepts Josh's proposal. Other issues are raised (mostly anorexia and pre-marital sex), though not as deeply as readers of the series may expect. I feel like I should have more positive to say, but by book five it's become pretty standard.
On the downside, their relationship is sweet, but I felt disconnected from it. The former books mentioned but didn't really delve into their e-mails, and this book didn't seize the opportunity to show why they were so perfect for each other. I recognize it's hard to do that in the diary format and certainly wasn't looking for a full-blown romance novel, but it felt stilted. Some issues seemed resolved too easily, and I didn't see as much growth in Caitlin as I expected. She remains the girl who comes off as preachy and too perfect. I appreciate the attempt to show what it's like to be "the good girl" in today's society, but Caitlin really ended up turning into a Christian stereotype. I also felt like I should have read some of the Chloe books in between, but am looking forward to doing so now.
Overall, I did like the book. The mushy side of me loved what romance was there and it's certain to be enjoyable for those who invested in the first four.