- File Size: 3781 KB
- Print Length: 30 pages
- Publisher: Solstice Publishing - Summer Solstice Imprint (February 20, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 20, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06W5RYBD8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,729,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Missing Piece Kindle Edition
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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This was a sweet, quick read, but once again, the first thing I find myself wondering when I finish this book is what it would be like if it was expanded into a full-blown novel. Unlike some short stories that I've read that seem to have a more narrower focus, The Missing Piece feels a little like an abridged version of a larger story.
(I'd also like to add that the blurb made the story seem much more mysterious than it turned out to be, but to be honest I was fine with it leaning more towards the contemporary/romance genre.)
The pacing, I would say, was quite quick, but I was glad to see the ups and downs in the plot. It did seem to feel, sometimes, like a collection of scenes that would move along the story faster; this is another reason that makes me wonder what The Missing Piece would be like as a full novel, because the plot had so much potential but didn't quite have the "space" to execute it.
This story does seem more character-centric as well, which actually worked out great, because Aly's personality and characterization were made clear, allowing the readers to really experience (and understand) her inner conflicts.
I also really liked Justin's character, but - and this is a personal preference - when it comes to romance, I'm all about the journey, the "how we got there". While I did like how Justin and Aly got to know each other, I couldn't help but feel like the progression was too fast, and that I would love them together a lot more if I saw more of their interactions with one another, even all the way at the beginning when they were nothing more than acquaintances.
The writing style was engaging, and there were several scenes between Justin and Alyssa where I thought the author shined. Overall, I would say that this was a quick, fun read, a story that really leaves you wondering what the next steps for the main characters are, but at the same time, it leaves me wanting to know more about the setting, the characters' backstories, and a lot of other information that just can't be squeezed into 38 pages.
One morning, she wakes up on the lawn in front of an unknown fraternity house with a raging hangover and absolutely no recollection of the night before. It's at this point that she learns that, under the influence of too much alcohol, she actually went upstairs with a guy she didn't know. Oh, no! You don't suppose that they...that she...? With rampant thoughts of pregnancy and STD's, Aly becomes paranoid and seeks to find answers to what happened that night. Did she go all the way with some guy named Brendan? Fortunately, the guy's roommate, Justin, was willing to help her out.
The "missing piece" is finding the truth for young Aly, and the reader becomes interested to find out, too, especially when Aly is such a sweet girl that you can't bear for anything bad to happen to her. You feel for her as she goes through the stages of confusion and panic over the possible what-ifs of that night. I liked that Justin was there for her, making Aly realize that her crisis may have revealed a very small and very cute diamond in the rough.
Short and compelling, story is a quick, satisfying read.
It was a clean sweet romantic suspense. I liked the characters of both Allysa and Justin. I would have liked more closer on why she went to the frat party in the first place.
I received this book from the publisher/author. I was not required to write a positive review.
You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
This was more of a 2.5 stars for me.
I wanted to know why Alyssa went to this party in the first place. She is such a neurotic character, it is so out of character for her to do something like this for no reason. It seemed extremely unbelievable to me that she couldn't remember a single reason why she would go to a party. Yeah, you forget what you've done once alcohol enters the picture, but a heavy night of drinking (especially when you're a novice drinker) doesn't make you forget what you did BEFORE you started drinking. It didn't make any sense to me. And wouldn't she have a friend or a roommate who could help jog her memory as to why she decided to go out that night? That whole initial setup threw me off for the rest of the story.
The romance is sweet and charming and saves the weaker plot elements.
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