- File Size: 5822 KB
- Print Length: 128 pages
- Publisher: Reardon Publishing (March 8, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 8, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CR9PSNA
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,060 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Bad Hair Day Everyday Book 2 Kindle Edition
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The summary of this story, like the first book, talks about the guy Abbey used to be, JJ, which I think is so the reader realizes that there is/was gender swapping. The problem with that is JJ isn’t actually a character. In the first book he featured in the prolog and then never mattered again. The fact is JJ doesn’t have any impact, the fact that he existed never comes up, the lead doesn’t remember him or know anything about him, literally no one talks about him and he isn’t a part of the story. I really wish the author would stop talking about this piece as though it were important for the book, it isn’t. Unfortunately this is just the first of many problems this book has.
Truly I enjoyed book one, though it was a little overly sexual, I forgave it for a lot of the interesting other features it included. The foray into bisexuality was nicely put, the characters were developed, their lives were a big focus and the book seemed to have a purpose, book two? Not so much. Literally none of those points, in fact nothing that made the first book good makes it into book two. Worse still, everything that detracted from the first book is in the second, along with a whole host of new things and with the volume turned up to eleven.
In book one we had two main characters who got a lot of time being developed, Abbey and Zoe. They’re the first two introduced in the new book along with Jilly and while this may seem like I’m going to spoil, I’m really not. Jilly is going to be a main in book two, but she’s not going to be developed. You know. At all. Ever. She’s forced in front of us on the first page and then never goes away, nor does she ever get the time and energy Zoe and Abbey did in the first book. In fact while the first book seemed to understand teenage struggles and insecurities, this book really doesn’t. The lead up is so blatant that I could hear the porno music playing in my mind. A porno is the best description I can think of for this book. Where the first one had build up and development, this one has just a handful of pages before thrusting sex at you, and worse yet, the situation is not unlike the stranger pizza boy whose only character trait is their hot bod. A new love interest is introduced and tossed into bed with the mains instantly, as though they were answering the door in their bath towel and barely got a name. Somehow it manages to get worse still.
Rape came up in the first book, it comes up in this book too, except the author seems to have forgotten what rape is. While the first book includes an attempted assault by physically forcing themselves on someone else, this book includes the mind control of the entity that is Abbey’s hair forcing the girls, all three of them now, to be romantically attached to each other and immediately start boning. Not a single thought is spared for the emotional aspects of getting close to someone, or hurting your significant other by getting together with someone else on an unexplained whim. It just happens like the basest and un thought out teenage fantasy imaginable. Poly relationships and people do exist in real life, but this book does them a great disservice by pretending it is just a matter of finding someone attractive and going to town, without communication or consideration for anyone and I do mean anyone’s feelings. This is the absolute bulk of this book.
I struggled to try to find a moral or a guiding principal to the story and the best I could come up with is, “Being mind controlled into doing things is perfect acceptable if the entity doing it is more powerful and the people you’re doing it with are hot.” That seems to be it, there is no character growth or arc and there isn’t really a plot either nor even a heart beat spent on the emotional aspect. Worse yet, all of the development of the main characters from book one is tossed in the garbage for book two. It is as though they were entirely unrecognizable people. The things that happen do not fit any of the characters previously laid out and this book really only goes so far as to tape names on to descriptions, rather than any meaningful development.
One of the big rules of storytelling you’ll hear repeated time and time again is be the slave to your story. In other words, don’t force the narrative you want, but let the narrative that is natural come out. Amy Mah does not even remotely adhere to this. The entity that mind controls our leads seems to be the author Mah, as she later on in the book justifies the mind control by having the girls say oh it just gave us the option of doing things but we had to choose to do them. So the girls had to choose to fall wildly in lust with someone they had hated and treated them terribly, as if that is how relationships work, or changing clothes (constantly) where other people can see you just to throw in physical description of body parts while pretending to be modest so you can get mad if anyone looks – makes any sense at all. Every motivation that didn’t make sense the book explains as the entity mind controlling, but then tries to back pedal to this is what the characters wanted. Unfortunately there is nothing compelling to a story that follows no rules at all, even the most juvenile fiction tends to do a better job than this.
As far as strong female leads goes, this book manages to leave a lot to be desired there too. I mentioned before how this book seems to be a fantasy played out on the page and it’s worse than that. The lengths it caters to the male mindset is astounding. The book for instance loves to talk about PMS, but not in the struggles of experiencing it go. PMS or premenstrual syndrome is a hotly debated topic as to if it is a thing or not. Arguing for or against is beyond the scope of this, so we’ll assume it is, but not for everyone (and by everyone we mean women). What is striking about this book’s use of PMS is that it feels like a male trying to explain away mood swings in women, like the sexist, you must be PMSing, but does not feel like something a woman would herself say. In other words, it is overused in this book and feels like it is being done so in a derogatory way. Bottom line, PMS is a real condition for some women, but not a condition of being a woman and treating it otherwise belittles all women.
Amy Mah can write. I’ve seen her work before that wasn’t so bad, even in this very series, unfortunately with this book she lost her way. I do not know what could have gone wrong, but this book was the worst pile of fan service I’ve ever seen. I actually cannot think of anything positive to say about this other than the author had managed to do better in the past. So do you need to read book one to enjoy this book? Don’t read this book, under any circumstances. Hopefully I won’t have to watch my back at night for teenage vampires out for revenge over this review. (Just a little Amy Mah joke, look her up if you’re interested.)