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- Print Length: 390 pages
- Publication Date: November 23, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00Q28TNL6
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,657 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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We also have the sweet male lead who's supposedly a player. We're told this but not shown it. He has issues of his own which are not resolved in the book and are dealt with as an afterthought by both lead characters. Truthfully, this "bad thing #2" that happens to the male lead ought to have had a larger focus on it. It is an ongoing, serious event that should have had some sort of resolution or engagement.
Most characters were one-dimensional with no personality quirks or standout traits. Characters were either 'perky cheerleader', 'punk chick', 'bad guy', 'Martha Stewart mom', 'overprotective father', etc. Boring characters who wouldn't dare move out of their assigned role.
I skimmed the last 20%, unable to make myself concentrate on the ending.
I would give this between 2.5 stars if possible because there were very few mechanical grammar type issues. Plot and characterization are where this book failed.
Rae is a girl who sets off to college trying to escape the consequences of a fateful decision that she made. Her goal is to go to classes and be left alone, no friends. Well sometimes we don’t always get what we want and Rae did not get her wish of no friends. First, she collides into Cade, a star football player at school. Then she meets her new roommate Thea (Cade’s younger sister). These two are determined on getting to know Rae better (for different reasons) and bring her out of her shell. Rae was such a broken character. I felt so bad for her as she lived through the aftermath of a mistake that lead to a tragedy. Micalea does a great job portraying Rae as both the victim and the villain. Her actions had serious effects and I liked that Micalea was able to address the problem of texting and driving. The progression of Rae from the beginning of the novel to the end was fabulous. I loved how Micalea showed the transformation and growth from a broken sad girl to a beautiful loving person. This story was about her and her transformation and it was great. Now, Cade is one of the most caring and sweetest guys out there. The way he carries himself and how he treats Rae and his sister Thea is so beautiful. Just an all-around good guy. He has also suffered tragedy and is living through pain but the way he portrays himself is amazing. The supporting characters of Thea, Xander, Nova, and Jace were great. They brought some laughter into this emotional story. There was a good balance of emotional/intense scenes and laughing/happy ones.
Once again, Micalea gives readers a story that is sweet, emotional, and funny. I loved everything about this book and really enjoyed it. I just hope Micalea gives us more of these characters in the future. An amazing book that you do not want to miss.
This book could have gone so many different ways because of the trauma Rae went through before coming to college but the way Ms. Smeltzer writes these delicate words puts everything together in such a way you can only hope for an outcome you aren't sure will happen. And that is because Rae is the broken, haunted freshman just trying to stay hidden away from everyone while fighting to not give in to the horrible truths of depression. While Cade is this hot jock who was broken once before and never let another woman get close but can't understand why his mind keeps going back to the freshman who keeps falling around him.