- File Size: 1081 KB
- Print Length: 133 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 16, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0763KT524
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,354 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Making It Complicated (I Heart Iloilo Book 2) Kindle Edition
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This is the second book in the I Heart Iloilo series by Clarisse David, so if you've read Keeping the Distance (if you haven't then you should) then you'll be familiar with the main characters, Cam and Hunter. I was a huge fan of Cam and was ecstatic when I heard she would be getting her own book! A pleasant surprise was realizing there was so much more to her than what I already knew. She's older than when we first met her, now graduated from high school, and in the past few months she's been going through some tough times with her family.
This is what I love about Cam. She's flawed and relatable. She makes mistakes and KNOWS her actions are wrong but still goes through with them.. Something we've all done. And it was refreshing to read this because when she finally hits rock bottom, she finds her way back to the top and that gave me a lot of hope.
Another great aspect of Making it Complicated was how it takes place during the "in-between" stage of graduating high school and getting ready to start college. Ahh - one of my favorite stages to read about! There is so much fear for the unknown and Clarisse David did a perfect job at creating characters that represent everything this stage is about. Her writing has grown and I'm forever a fan of hers!
All of the characters are amazing! Mel and Lance make appearances also (!!!) - I wish you could see my face every time Lance would pop up because yes, I'm still swooning over him! ;) Oh, and Jace even shows up (ohmygoodness can you imagine how amazing his book will be *internally screaming*) AND THE BAND MATES of Hunter are EVERYTHING. I even had to tell Clarisse that we all definitely deserve a book about Cal because helloooooo!! <3 just love them all!
Then there is Hunter! <3 <3 <3 <3
I adored him in the first book, a piece of me was even like noooo Mel why you not love Hunter anymore?! Haha but I really enjoyed Cam and Hunter's relationship/romance in this book. It was so different from Mel and Lance's but just as wonderful.
Obviously I loved this book. If you're in the mood for a great coming-of-age story or romance with fun characters in a beautiful setting then pick this up! It has summer vibes but can cure the winter blues also! :)
What I love most about Making It Complicated is how sweet the whole story is, and how it made me nostalgic for my teenage years. I love Cam a lot; she's very spirited and witty. She's also very young and it shows in her thoughts and decision making, and I love seeing her try to navigate her way through her growing feelings for Hunter, her dilemma about coming clean to her best friend Melissa about him, and the troubles she faces at home with her recently-split parents. By the end of the book, I felt like I've watched my little sister grew up.
The friendship formed between Cam and Hunter's bandmates is also one of my favourite things. They all have distinct personalities it's a wonder that they all survive that long in the same band. The scene-stealer for me is definitely Cal. There is more to that one than meets the eye, I feel. Give him a book, Clarisse!
Another thing that I love about this book is the setting of the story. Iloilo City sounds like the place I grew up in, hence the nostalgic factor. I legit googled the city while reading and the whole place looks amazing. Considering the Philippines isn't that far from where I live, maybe I should pay it a visit one day.
My only problem with this book is I expected it to also be Hunter's story. The blurb made it sound like we would have dual POVs, but instead we only got Cam's. I would've liked to be in Hunter's head too; I'd kill to know his thoughts during that one night in Boracay, and a couple of other interesting events that happened in the story. Since we only saw Hunter from Cam's POV, he seems a little too nice, I feel? Having his POV would have brought different layers to his character.
That being said, the absence of Hunter's POV didn't affect my enjoyment of this story because Cam is a pretty strong character on her own. All in all, Making It Complicated is sweet and entertaining, and I'm glad that I gave it a chance.