- File Size: 2854 KB
- Print Length: 528 pages
- Publication Date: January 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MS043L3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Theory Of Second Best: Cake Series Book Two Kindle Edition
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However, this book is listed as a standalone and is one, I guess, but reading #1 would help a lot.
In the sequel we follow the previous main male character's younger brother while he competes on a Survivor type reality show. I didn't find his story as interesting and thought he made a much better secondary character. I also found the writing to seem to be rushed and formulaic, as though her first book did well and she was in a hurry to crank out #2. She also, as in the first book, in my opinion, wrote her young 20's characters as much younger than their ages would suggest, especially given their troubled back stories though I won't spoil them here. Their dialogue was sophomoric, the female lead sticks her tongue out as a supposedly cute comeback (a device the author used more than once in the first book as well; I found it annoying the first time around and it didn't improve with repetition)--it just read as childish. Yes, I get that this is a YA, but still.
The other main problem I had was that the author had a lot of long descriptive sections where we're told what happened rather than experience the action. It was a case of tell, don't show and weakened the story. We're supposed to be on a tropical island in a competitive situation yet see nor hear virtually anything about the actual competition challenges other than to hear that this or that character won or was sent home and never even learn what most of the challenges were. A number of what could have been interesting sequences were set up then abandoned. All in all, I thought that the secondary characters work much better as secondary characters.
Mind you, I did read the whole book--something I don't always feel obligated to do so it held my interest enough for that. At the end of the story there's a note that a 3rd book in the series will be along using another (very) secondary character as the focal point. I just think that a good editor would have been a help both with characterization, basic writing and grammar.
This author is definitely on my radar having delivered yet another interesting and inviting book. This is the second book in the Cake series and while it's also a standalone, I'd still go and read that first because as it is, Cake was fantastic, let alone knowing it was a debut book.
Kyle has always come second best to his rock-star brother, Jake. Let me be clear, that is *not* something he has a problem with. He loves and worships his brother and almost feels as though he owes him. However, he feels it's time to do something for himself without anyone knowing of his connections. He applies for, and is accepted to reality tv show, Marooned (much like Survivor) where he has to compete for survival along with everyone else and on equal terms: money, social status, and family mean nothing here. Whilst on the show, he develops an alliance and aptly name themselves The Dork Quad - a quartet of misfits including the lovely Kenzie.
Kenzie is a small-town girl who has had it pretty damn hard. She lost her mother when she was only eight years old and essentially became a mother to her newborn triplet siblings. She needs to win the money this show will award as her ticket out of the small town and in to the city where she can do something for herself, be free, and see something other than the same people day in, day out.
I loved Kenzie. That is all. She is full of warmth and love and is all heart. But make no mistake, she has a spine on her and is no ones doormat. She's an all-in kind of person and what you see, is basically what you get with her. Just adored her. Now Kyle. He really grated on me early on in the piece. Actually, he grated on me till he got to the island! He just seemed so shallow and unwilling to make an effort, took the easy way every time: I felt like shaking him! We get a differing Kyle on the island and he was just a lot of fun and flirtatiousness, but with surprising depth. These two develop a close friendship although it's not hard to see that Kenzie feels a bit more than that. Their relationship took quite a ride and was one I thoroughly enjoyed. I particularly loved the relationship between Kyle and Dale - they are just so dissimilar in every way but their friendship was perfect.
I absolutely recommend this book. It's fun and flirty, with real substance in there. I really can't wait for the next book in this series and as far as I'm concerned, Bengtsson can't write fast enough for me.
*arc received in exchange for honest review.
**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.
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