- Series: The Secret Life of Trystan Scott
- Paperback: 682 pages
- Publisher: H.M. WARD PRESS (February 8, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 163035015X
- ISBN-13: 978-1630350154
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,111,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Secret Life of Trystan Scott: The Complete Collection Volumes 1-5 Paperback – February 8, 2014
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Without spoilers, this covers the classic themes of secret crushes starring a "good girl" and a "bad boy" and the struggle to rise above desperate situations. These are timeless themes and the story does a good job of creating tension and pacing resolutions. I truly enjoyed it, with the above caveat of finding it not particularly realistic. Romantic ideals aside, the characters are nicely done. They are multi-faceted and display characteristics that make them seem real. The verbal exchanges that aren't romantic are very well-done for the most part.
On the downside, the writing has some flaws. The author moves between perspectives, but not just in the way chapters are designated by character. There's a good amount of switching between 1st person and (occasionally) omniscient 3rd person and it detracts from the otherwise nice flow of the story. I would, at times, find poor word choice, which is bothersome to me personally (for example using "infer" when what the author means is "insinuate", "imply" or "suggest"). This may well be poor editing (which we sadly see all the time, especially in e-books).
All in all, I enjoyed the story and would recommend it as some light teen romance reading with the understanding that the highlight is the story, while the writing could use some better editing.
The story is very good. Two high school students have feelings for each other and don't realize how the other feels. Fate puts them together and though on the surface they seem to come from very different places, they are both similarly broken. The series goes thru the growth of their love and their discovery of what having real love in their lives means. Each of the short books in this series ends on a cliffhanger. And the final book ends well and could be the end of the series with enough satisfaction that HEA exists for the people we have come to care about. But there is another book that takes place many years after high school. I can't wait to read it.
There are a few editing mistakes here and there but not enough to detract from the story. The only real thing that I found odd was that this book is told in dual points of view. So each chapter is a trade off between Mari and Trystan. The Mari chapters are written in first person from Mari, however the Trystan chapters are written in 3rd person. I found it a little distracting. I think one voice should have been chosen to unify the chapters better.
I am very stingy with 5 star reviews. This one is well worth it.