- Series: Too Good
- Paperback: 376 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 19, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1493673580
- ISBN-13: 978-1493673582
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 105 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,869,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here me out… first lets discuss the point of views. In Good, you have one point of view, and that’s Cadence. In Good you have everyone and their mother as a point of view because it’s written in 3rd person. It’s confusing. You’ll be reading and in the thick of a situation both point of views are flying at you. It was annoying. I did get used to it. I was able to follow along fine, but I wish it had been written a little smoother.
Second, Cadence is even more immature and annoying in Better. I mean, why? You have your man. Yeah, your parents are douche nuggets, but that’s always been a given. She makes a ton of mistakes and acts like a spoiled little brat. Again I kept thinking, what the hell does Mark see in her? Besides a sweet young tight pussy.
Third, the religious undertones were no longer undertones. I had no problem with it at all in Good. I do not believe in god. I don’t. It’s my choice, and how I feel. I don’t hate books that follow Christians though because really most people I know in life are. I get it… and I’m not bothered by it. In good, you know that Cadence is Christian. It’s a huge part of who she is and why she struggles with having a secret affair with an older man. In Better, the whole religion aspect comes off as very preachy, and that I’m not okay with. Most of the book was spent with this one or that one discussing how to be a good Christian and why being Christian is good, blah blah blah.. I’m reading a fiction book here, If I really wanted to know the history of god and all that is supposedly good, I’d buy a freaking bible and read it myself.
I’m not even exaggerating when I say it was overly present with religious talk.
And… this book is so long. It dragged. Maybe it was all the religious talk, but I felt like Better could have been cut to half its size and been a hundred times better.
What I did like though, was the closure. I really did love seeing where Mark and Cadence’s relationship ends up long term. Plus Marks secret past was interesting. I already had my suspicions based on events that happened in Good, but it was cool having them confirmed.
So do I recommend Better? Yes, I do. If you liked Good I definitely recommend giving the sequel a try. It was not my favorite, but am glad I purchased it otherwise I’d always wonder.
It's taken me a while to write this review as I wasn't sure how I really felt about this book. I loved the first one but for me this one didn't live up to the high standard of story telling, emotion and drama of the first book. It is still well written language wise, easy to read/understand etc, but the plot fell flat and drags on for much too long at a certain point I think, and contains too much religious content for my liking.
We again get thrust into the lives of Candace and Mark who have moved on from the Student-Teacher romance, as Candace has now graduated and Mark has left his position at the school. Candace is still having family issues and Mark is there to hold her up and support her.
We get to find out Mark's deep secret that he's been hiding, and Candace ends up on a downward spiral after finding out. The behaviour that she exhibits is pretty childish and I doubt would be tolerated by most men, especially with 10 year age gap between them, and I found that him putting up with it to be unrealistic. Even I found her behaviour ridiculous and felt like slapping her and telling her to get over it, it's in the past. This was the part that dragged on for me obviously.
However, even though Mark does drop a bombshell, for me it wasn't completely unexpected and I felt that it would be hard for anyone to talk about, and so his actions regarding his past felt real and understandable. Having said that Mark is a very supportive guy, he's likeable and I feel is a standup guy as he sticks by Candace through thick and thin. This character saved this book from being a complete disaster for me.
Besides the part that dragged on, the rest of the story was quite interesting and engaging showing good emotions and giving some wise advice. This couple were also given the ending they deserved and thankfully that earned it a couple of extra stars.
If you like a student-teacher romance and moving on from that to something more than you may enjoy this book.
3 "wished it was better" stars!
I liked Better. I had mixed emotions as I read it,but I still like it a lot. I still could not understand why Mark would want to be in a relationship with a child. I could maybe understand if she acted like an adult,but she didn't. I also felt like she needed to enjoy the college experience, and their relationship was keeping her from doing that. Even though he did give her space and lots of it.
On the other hand I felt bad for him because he loved her and with the admission of his secret, she shunned him. I was mad with Mark too after his secret was revealed. I wanted Cadence to leave him. Even though I knew she wouldn't. That would destroy the entire story.
This series seemed very real to me. I live in Atlanta - southern born and southern breed. I am all too familiar with how religion plays such a big part of one's life. So much so that sometimes it just doesn't make sense. I can see how a student and teacher could start a relationship. I feel like if I were a teenager, I could handle a student teacher relationship. If a teacher pursued my daughter, I would have another view. I would be beyond pissed. When I think about that, I have a slight understanding of what Cadence's parents are feeling. My emotions were all over the place with this one. Do I root for the couple or root for this child to have a normal young adulthood?
Anyway, I enjoyed this series very much. I recommend it.
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The ending was sweet and it ended perfectly for them.