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- Print Length: 404 pages
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- Publisher: Rita Stradling Books (January 10, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 10, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MRVROH0
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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This is a sweet story with realistic characters in realistic situations, with a little bit of over-drama that, as one of my own step-brothers has reminded me, is simply true to newly-eighteen-year-olds. There is a lot going on behind the romance -- and I would have liked these topics to have been dealt with more directly, as Cassie's thoughts on death, love, and morality sometimes felt a bit superficial.
Overall, though, this would have made a great made-for-tv drama, and I will be reading the sequel.
Now, Culter used to treat Cassie badly when they were young, or so Cassie thought. But when they met again after Cassie's mom's death, Culter seemed like an entirely different person. He treated Cassie with care and always put her first. Cassie was really cautious with him, wondering when this "peace truce" would end. But it turned out that really is how Culter is.
School wasn't exactly pleasant for Cassie, being in the same school and sharing many same classes with Culter. Weird and forbidden thoughts were in Cassie's mind but she always tried to push them to the back of her head. Being around Culter seemed to do things to her.
As Cassie and Culter got closer, Cassie tried to keep things under wraps but rumours started flying around school. Also, there was some mysterious thing going on between her Dad, step-mom and the other adults. What exactly happened that Cassie wasn't aware of? As things started spiralling out of control, more was revealed and it was jaw-dropping in my opinion.
Overall this was a really well written story in the true Rita Stradling style. I'm a fan and will happily read more of Rita's works.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Making Bad Choices is a sweet, mature YA story about first love, grief and friendship. I read a lot of fantasy stories so sometimes it's nice to focus on a story about ordinary teens and their more normal problems. That being said I'm not sure too many teens will have been through as much as Cassie but I'm also sure many will also being dealing with their own grief.
I may have made it sound like the entire plot is about loss and although this is a big part of the story, it's about so much more. Cassie's and Culter's romance is sweet and charming, whilst their family situation may be particularly unusual.
The secondary characters including Tyler and Cassie's Aunt are really interesting - I'd love to read more about Tyler, who totally charmed me with his street smarts and vulnerability.
I enjoyed the book and felt Rita Stradling tackles the more traumatic issues with grace and sensitivity.
4 Stars in my Sky!
I received a review copy
Making Bad Choices. What kind of bad choices? Intriguing right? Exactly why I signed up to review this one. I was drawn in by the intriguing title. And the story didn't disappoint. It was full of scandals and dirty secrets. Like a can of worms just waiting to be opened. More like cans of worms.
Cassie thought that developing feelings for her step-brother was complicated enough, little did she know that her life in Bulvin is getting more complicated as she gets to know the people. The next days of her life are like accidents waiting to happen. Having to deal with the death of her mother is difficult enough, fitting into a new school and meeting new friends is also tricky. Will she survive the cold weather in Colorado and the snowstorm that is waiting to blow her life away?
This story spells complicated in capitals. I felt sorry for Cassie having to go through all these difficulties in her life and family. She thought her mom dying of cancer was the worst she had to deal with but she still have a lot learn. Her heart not only got cut into pieces but it also got pounded to pulp. But out of all the shocking revelations, she found strength and happiness in Culter and in some of the new friends she met. For the first time in a long time, she feels happy. Like she is able to breathe after holding her breath for like forever. After a long time, she feels alive.
This book attempts to explore the relationships in combined families. The story poses a very delicate and difficult question. Is it still taboo to have feelings for your step-sibling even though you are not in anyway related? Like in this story, even if Culter's mom and Cassie's dad are married, when you really look at it, Cassie and Culter are not really related. They are both products of their parent's previous relationships. They may share a common sibling--in this story, Josh, but still, that does not make them any more related. For me, I think Cassie and Culter's feelings for each other is not wrong. Love is never wrong. Besides, the two grew up in different households. They never grew up in the same house together. Their situation may be strange but not as unusual as a guy marrying his dead wife's sister. Sister wives, right? I think the situation gets fickle when and if these two grew up in the same house. Definitely, them developing feelings for each other would be awkward and would really be an issue that would be quite delicate to navigate. I will let their parents worry about it. I wouldn't even attempt to decipher the complexity of the implications.
I give the book 4/5 sticky notes. The Cassie and Culter's situation is definitely not the usual teenage love story we hear. I think Cassie deserves to be happy after all the heartbreak, loss and shit days she had been through. She deserves to feel like a teenager even for just a moment. She deserves to make mistakes, make bad choices and learn from them. Although, from this story, she choose to be happy. I think choosing to be happy, as long as you are not hurting anyone is always a good choice.
The thing about shit days--I mean, the worst days of your life--is that they end.
...as I said, shit days always end, for better or for worse.
- Rita Stradling, Making Bad Choices -
Thank you, Giselle of xpressobooktoours.com, for the copy.
This is a voluntary review. I was gifted a copy.
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