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After reading Easton's "44 Chapters about 4 Men," I thought I had a fairly good idea of how this story was going to go. I was wrong. The info from the 44 Chapters book was equivalent to setting up the four corner pieces of jigsaw puzzle and leaving the rest of the picture with its 126 other pieces missing. Needless to say, this book had a lot--A LOT--of surprises. For example, BB isn't the same person in this book as she was in the previous one. Here she's younger, more vulnerable, and like many 15-year-old girls, she's insecure about her body and new to the idea of boys. BB goes through a lot of growth in this book, and most of it comes from learning some very hard lessons from the relationships she has with Knight and her friends. Overall, I loved this young BB. I'm not sure exactly how much of her real life the author put into this book, but it was clear to me that this BB character took a lot of heart--and maybe some tears--to develop.
Knight. Oh Knight. His chapter was my favorite from the 44 Chapters book, so I was super excited that this one was focused on him. Firstly, let me just say that I loved how his character was revealed throughout the story. There were no long, drawn-out heart-to-hearts where he gushed out his tortured past to BB in a single moment of tears and hugs. Because people don't learn about other people like that in real life. It takes time and trust, especially when someone has the kind of background that Knight has. And like with BB, sometimes you never actually understand all their mysteries and inner pains.
Knight and BB were a fascinating couple. They had moments together that were painfully sweet and completely original. Knight wasn't like most guys, so his idea of romance was a little different. A little edgy and crude yet powerful. The same could be said for their sex scenes. I'll be honest and say that the kink factor was...unnerving for me, but at the same time it fit Knight, and it didn't surprise me that BB enjoyed it. Their relationship--like most relationships--took several turns. What happened between them truly shocked me, and I found much of it very emotional. Like I said before, this book is a hard read. There was as much beauty as there was ugliness between them, and yet...that ugliness was almost unbearably profound. I want to say more, but I refuse to spoil anything.
On a different note, the other characters in the book were amazingly written. They were imperfect, cruel, funny, sweet, etc. These were real people. Each one influenced BB's life, which I thought made sense. Doesn't every friend and crush leave an impact on your life regardless of the brevity of your time with them? Anyway, I just thought it was amazing that those secondary characters were just as complex as the main ones.
Overall, I loved this book. It ended with a strong message, and it was entertaining. I laughed my butt off, I cried, and I clutched my poor, aching chest more than once. Easton is just brilliant. It is clear to me that she worked very hard to put her character, her story, and her heart in each page. My own heart still hasn't recovered from finishing this book, and yet I can't wait for her next one.
After reading 44 Chapters I expected a sort of quirky romance that reflected all of BBs special talents of making us giggle. Thats not what I got. What I got was a brutal, honest recollection of experiencing high school as a Generation X-er. What I got was a story about firsts. First friends. First kisses. First loves. First heartbreaks (Lets not forget about first tattoos and first piercings, as I’m sure we see those everyday when we look in the mirror anyway). If you grew up in the 90s, chances are you were that girl: skinny, awkward, and looking for love whilst still trying to prove your independence and individuality. I related to every feeling BB portrayed and devoured every bit of the delicious torture of all these first feelings.
This was definitely a step away from 44 Chapters. While the humor was still there,
“I averted my eyes quickly before it sensed my fear and attacked"
we get a much deeper and darker version of the events that took place. BB managed to capture all of the heartache and devastation of what it was like to be a teenager again. I went in knowing how this story was going to end. I was not prepared to be so sad when it did. Even though I knew how it was going to end, I was somehow still hoping that Skeletor and Punk were going to get married and have babies together (No offense Ken).
“ You’re not my ******* friend, Punk. You’re my everything”
I loved that this story was written as a memoir. It made it that much more relatable, as if I were there and experienced all these things with her. I had fun trying to figure out which parts were the whole truth (her real name is still debatable).
Stop what you're doing and read this book immediately! IMMEDIATELY! Fans of 44 Chapters, prepare to Skinned.
This is Knight's story, but I also feel like it was BB's story and August's story and Juliet's story. These are the 4 characters I really felt major feels for and for what they went through. These characters could be people I went to high school with and I felt for every single one of them.
Knight - Where do I even start? You were a product of your crappy upbringing but you tried to be good and I truly believe BB helped you. You were hot, sexy, crazy and messed up, but I loved you all the same. I hope the military helped, I hope you eventually felt like someone cared, and I hope you came to be at peace with your past and were able to find some happiness.
August - I cried for you August, I really did. You poor boy. I always imagine what if in situations like that. What if you had told somebody? What if you had parents that cared? What if you had found somebody who really loved you? August just hurt my heart and broke it a little.
BB - First off, I wish I had been half as brave and badass as you when I was in high school. I loved your never give up attitude and I loved how when you loved, you loved hard. I want to go back in time and be your friend because with all you went through with Knight, you could have used a ride or die!
Juliet - I hope Romeo gave you the unconditional love you needed and deserved. You were a good friend when able and I'm glad BB had you. (Your boyfriend, on the other hand was a slimeball!)
I highly recommend reading this book, especially if you loved Knight from 44 Chapters About 4 Men. He only gets better and crazier in this book, but sweeter too.
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