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- Print Length: 220 pages
- Publication Date: May 23, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XZDMZRF
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,813 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Excess Baggage Kindle Edition
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Since it's a book that I have very mixed feelings about, I will keep my review on a bit of a shorter side, because I don't like to dwell on negative things... especially since usually those thigns are connected to my very own personal preferences as a reader, and just because I didn't enjoy certain aspects of this book, it doesn't mean you won't :) so about our main couple... yeah... I didn't like them very much... #SorryNotSorry, it's just my opinion... I mean, Jack was sort of ok, I guess... but it was definitely Erica that got on my nerve... *sighs* I just couldn't connect with her... like at all... and as someone who is exactly her age at this moment, I have to say... she really frustrated me... she was childish and annoying and I just couldn't understand her and her actions... don't get me wrong, I KNOW how it feels to want to play the what-if game, but it's never a good idea... and honestly, at this point... we know better... we might pretend we don't, explaining certain behaviour so the decisions we make will seem more acceptable, but deep inside we know we're making mistakes... and Erica was making mistake after mistake... at least in my opinion... their relationship was... if you actually can call it like that... it was a bit too much too fast for me... I prefer when the road to the actual relationship is a bit longer... :) but hey, like I mentioned before, it's my personal preferences talking :)
Overall I think that because I had such troubles with the heroine, it really influenced my reading experience... she was really obnoxious... I mean, the whole thing how she resolved the situation with her boyfriend was... ugh... BUT at the same time, I'm sure that some of you won't feel that way... you will find her flawed and relatable, and that's awesome for you :) my favourite character was actually Evelyn... she was one of Erica's friend... the one being called too serious and a buzzkill more than once, but... I so disagree with those opinions :) I mean, every time she challenged Erica or said some things I was like *YES!!! please, someone... anyone... listen to the ONLY voice of reason in your group* :) since it's not a very long story, everything felt a bit rushed... I would love to read more and get to know more about these characters... maybe seeing them together more as teenagers, or acting more like adults now would help me connect to them better :) BUT do not get me wrong, I feel like the writing style was funny and entertaining, and even though this was my very first book by this author, and it turned out it was not my cup of tea, I am definitely planning on reading something else from her :) fingers crossed that another story will be closer to my heart ;)
Going into the story we meet Erica who has just arrived on Luna Island for a girly holiday. Across the hotel lobby she spots Jack, an ex boyfriend from 15 years ago when they were teens. Also on holiday with his friends! What a coincidence... What could go wrong?
I could tell from the off that they still had feelings for each other - whether it was love, I wasn't sure after the way their relationship ended. But they were older now, and knew their minds more than when they were teenagers.
Erica is one of those clumsy characters, where you are constantly in fits of giggles at her mishaps, but it's just the kind of thing that you can't help but laugh at as you can imagine it happening it to you, or 'that' friend in real life!
Jack. I did like him but he seemed to push Erica away quite a bit, then didn't like it when she did the same to him. Though a lot of the time it was crossed wires and I was just shouting at them and wanted to bang their heads together!
There were quite a few other characters in the book and I did keep getting them confused, but I absolutely loved carefree Brooke!
As expected, they did get it on and boy was that first time HOT! The sexual tension was off the scale! They did try and keep it a secret due to Erica's best friend, Evelyn (I didn't really like her), and I did think at points they were a little immature for their age now, in they way they acted and things they said.
By the time the holiday was over and their 'fling' was over, I was really sad as I could tell by now it was love. I was hoping for a happy ending. You will have to read to find out if there was! ;)
An ideal beach read for the summer!
Erica and Jack met on a family vacation when they were young teens, hit it off, and thought they could continue a long-distance relationship. As typically happens in these cases, it is hard for young love to stay focused and in touch for an extended period of time and the couple said and did some things to hurt the other, and the relationship fell apart. Now fifteen years later, the old fires start to burn again. The question now is whether this is going to be a vacation romance or will they find a way to work out the long-distance pitfalls that still hound the couple?
Erica is a fun character. She is funny and a little wimpy and a lot of klutzy. She treats her boyfriend badly but in her mind, they aren’t going anywhere. For the most part, Erica a barrel of laughs and relatable.
I like Jack a lot, even though he did treat Erica poorly years ago they were fifteen and sixteen at the time. He has grown into a good man. Since the story is told in duel points of view, Jack struggles with doing the right thing. Honestly, I feel bad for both characters because neither one would address the elephant in the room until it is almost too late.
Erica’s and Jack's friends are a nice mix of personalities that adds tremendously to the story. My favorite character is Brooke and Tom is a perfect complement to her character. She knows how to have fun and doesn't take life too seriously. She encourages Erica to do the same.
Evelyn, Erica’s best friend, is pretty much a “B” -itch. I must agree with Brooke on this one, sometimes we outgrow a relationship and Erica needs to move on. I get that Evelyn watched Erica fall apart years ago when Jack and Erica broke it off, but they were kids. I don’t get the grudge at all. Evelyn doesn’t know how to let it go and live in the present.
My biggest criticism, is one I make a lot—it takes until the end of the book to find out Jack’s big secret. I don’t know why so many authors think this is a good story-telling methodology. To be used effectively, the big secret needs a reason to carry it on forever.
In this case, it is the secret that will keep Jack from trying the long distance again. Here’s the thing. It is easy for the reader to guess so why prolong the inevitable discussion? Honestly, isn’t that big a deal, in my opinion. In most cases, if the characters aren’t axe murders the problems can be discussed and worked out before eighty percent of the book is over. That is just entirely too much pushing away by one or the other characters for me.
Finally, the ending is entirely too quick. The majority of the book deals with these two people trying to figure out what their relationship will be now and in the future. Can they realistically make a go of the distance or will it be a repeat of the disaster they faced fifteen years prior? Then BAM! With approximately nine Kindle pages (medium size font) or 95% through the book, the problem is discussed and solved, and the story ends. Really? There is no time spent showing how this works. I believe part of the reason is that Ms. Barnard is setting up a second book (that I want to read by the way) and may visit Erica and Jack some more but I do feel slightly cheated.
Regardless of the negatives I mentioned, Excess Baggage is a good, lighthearted romance. It held my interest with a sometimes sweet, sometimes funny, second-chance romance. I enjoyed reading Erica’s story. Now, I am very interested in Brooke's and Tom’s story. These two characters have a lot of potential for hot, angst-filled fun.
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