- File Size: 4931 KB
- Print Length: 107 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Abbi Glines Publishing (October 9, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 9, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MDKBVVB
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,498 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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So first off, the main character, Sam, is tough to like. She spends half the book--and I'm not exaggerating--going on and on about how much she wants to leave her crappy little town. I got it. She hates it there. She doesn't want to settle down with a simple farm boy and start popping out kids when she's barely 19. And I can respect that, but repeating her feelings over and over again felt redundant and sort of mean after a while. Does she not realize that by complaining about her crap town so often that she could have been making other people feel inferior for wanting the life she doesn't? Couldn't it have hurt Sam's mother to hear the words over and over again when the poor woman doesn't seem to have the money or power to give Sam the thing that will make her happy?
And then there was that horrible rejection scene. Sam publicly rejects her best friend Ben in front of all their peers. Of course then she promptly runs off as if SHE had been the one terribly upset. Now I admit Ben had been kind of stupid with the way he asked her out, and it turns out later that he was also a big jerk for asking Sam out instead of her friend Jamie for certain reasons (not going to spoil anything), BUT it was still incredibly rude to publicly humiliate a guy, especially when he's your best friend.
And finally, who does she think she is avoiding all the guys in her town just because they're happy to be where they are and not dressed in fancy suits? She won't even let them take her to a silly little dance? People date and dance together sometimes just for fun and to get to know one another--not to mention, you can do it to get to know yourself and to understand what qualities you really like in a partner. For someone who was raised to be a sweet, innocent little southern belle, Sam's a real snob.
Okay, I'm done bashing Sam. Now I need to bash the writing in the book. REVISION! REVISION! REVISION! This book was full of grammatical errors and awkward sentences. Now I obviously ain't no grammar wizard myself, but there were some parts that didn't even make sense. A couple of examples:
"But silliness was Bessy's biggest flaw. I hope she grew out grew it."--Either it was supposed to be "I hope she grew out of it" or "I hope she outgrew it."
"At only ten years old Hazel was the youngest and I thought she'd be the baby forever, daddy having passed on from skin cancer, which seemed to freeze her in time. Make Hazel forever the baby."--These sentences are just...odd. I get the gist of them, but they're so awkwardly written.
Anyway, my absolute final issue with this book is how slow it was. Nothing really exciting happens. The drama with Sam's best friend Jamie is a little surprising, but it turns out not to effect the main storyline in any way. It wasn't until the last few chapters that Sam finally gets where we all want her to be: away from home. I was finally interested then, especially when we got to meet the intriguing Ezra and the flares of romance picked up with Hale. And then I turn to the next page and BAM--it's the end. I was so disappointed. This whole book is almost entirely focused on character development, and since I kind of hate the main character so far, I really didn't enjoy it.
On a positive note, Glines has created an air of mystery around Hale. His character is sort of all over the place in terms of being warm and flirty one moment then cold and distant in another. There was also some dark foreshadowing sprinkled throughout the book, which honestly made me super excited to see what would happen next. In fact, despite how much I dislike Sam, I seriously want to know what plans Hale has for her. That idea alone gives me hope that the next book of the series might be better.
That being said, Sammy Jo is an extremely likable character. She is beautiful and she doesn’t even know it. She comes off as your typical sweet Southern Belle which I really like about her. Her drive to leave her small town is amazing. I’m not sure I would have the courage to leave Small Town USA for a big city, but she did it! However, I do worry about her because she’s so young and naive. I’m concerned she will get taken advantage of, in every way possible, especially by her new “boss”.
This is a good place to talk about the special connection I feel to Sammy Jo. I feel like we are very similar, even though my situation is on a much smaller scale. I’m from a small town also. Just like Sammy Jo, after I graduated high school I would look around and try to figure out why everyone was rushing into having kids and getting married when they were so young! I also had bigger dreams than that lifestyle and moved to a bigger city. So in that sense, she is completely relatable.
Hale Jude. What is there to say about him? The “cupcake man” surely piqued my interest throughout the beginning of the story. In the middle of the book, I found his intentions quite strange. Only to find out in the end it wasn’t what it seemed. Needless to say, I’m extremely weary of him. He comes off as extremely wishy washy. He tried to make himself and his intentions crystal clear (according to him), but honestly they come off super murky.
My biggest worry with Hale, where it concerns Sammy Jo, is that he is going to ruin her innocence and view of the world. I hope it doesn’t turn out like I’m expecting though.
Come on Abbi Glines! I’m ready for the next part to come out already!
Then Hale is introduced into the picture and Abbi as usual did not disappoint. The mystery and danger around Hale makes you want to keep reading figure out his hot and cold attitude toward Sam. There's more behind that meets the eye... And just when you think you figured it out, it's over. Done. The end. We just have to wait and see what Abbi has in store for Sam and what's up with thus Hale dude.
Overall it's an enjoyable short read. Abbi will always have my support no matter what project she's working on. All I have to say is, judge for yourself and see.
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I really need more GLINES!!! I'm in a sweet insta-love cheesy romance mood and I need it now! I can't wait for the second part!!!