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Because I Love You Mass Market Paperback – May 17, 2016
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Adopted at three-days-old by a construction worker and a stay at home mom, Tori Rigby grew up with her nose in a book and her fingers on piano keys, always awaiting the day she'd take her own adventure. Now, she goes on multiple journeys through her contemporary and historical romances. She longs to live in the Scottish Highlands, and her favorite place in history is Medieval England--she'd even give up her Internet and running water to go back in time! Tori also writes high-concept genre fiction as Vicki Leigh.
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Now, I know that this novel was well intentioned. The author was adopted herself, and she wrote a story about a teenage girl who gives up her baby for adoption; HOWEVER, I can't count how many times I have heard a story about a skinny, blonde haired, blue eyed, cheerleader who gets pregnant at sixteen. But to put a cherry on top of that story, she gets impregnated by a football player who happens to be her best friend! Not to mention the fact that they were both supposedly virgins before they slept together. It is true that getting pregnant the first time that you have sex is possible, but does it have to happen in every teen pregnancy story out there? When reading this book, I felt that I already knew what was going to happen and it is not good when a reader knows what will happen in a novel before they get past the first chapter.
However, I am certain that Tori Rigby's writing is experienced and beautiful. Her similes and metaphors are poetic, and it was clear to me that she was a talented author from the first chapter; but in terms of story her writing was lacking. This was a shame, because the story put a damper on the writing skills that she does possess. Based on the story itself, I felt as though any writer could come up with the plot, and I wouldn't have been able to pinpoint the author had I been asked to guess who they were. If she had strayed farther away from the stereotype that is seemingly set in stone when it comes to teen pregnancy, I would have enjoyed this novel much more. I didn't feel close Andie, the main character, because I felt that she was too perfect and whiny a lot of the time, and that is what started my disconnect with the novel. Andie seemed as though she were more immature than her peers, and I felt it strange that she found such a bond with a guy she had dated for only a month two years before the story took place. The realistic qualities of this novel were off, and I wound up disappointed once I finished the last page. I didn't believe the characters or the story like I should have in this contemporary young adult genre, and I did wind up disappointed.
That being said, I was only able to give this novel a 3/5 star rating. I think that Rigby would better excel at adult fiction because I didn't feel that she was able to grasp contemporary teenagers properly and realistically; but I do still hope that she continues to write. I did genuinely enjoy her descriptions and the way she painted the scenes in her novel, but I hope that she chooses to write elsewhere because I don't think that the young adult genre gave her justice as an author. She has the necessary talent of a successful author, but her work wound up in the wrong place.
The characters were amazing especially Jill and Neil. Andie was always crying from start to end.
I needed a break from my usual genre of books that I read and this was worth it.
Well done. And I'd recommend it to any one who enjoys Drama , romance and well normal life circumstances.