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You Make Me (Blurred Lines Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The characters were all all yo-yo's. There's no consistency. None of them felt like were thoroughly developed, they fell flat, and none of them particularly likable. I wanted to care about their stupid problems; I really did. But I didn't.
Cat needed to be older. I felt uncomfortable with her age from the get-go. She came across like a child to begin with, whiny and bratty. If she had been in graduate school rather than college, maybe that would have changed a few things for me. If he had enlisted for two tours and been gone 8 years, both of them having matured more, with less young adult - no, teenage, really - angst, it would have been a lot better.
The story line with her real brother could have been developed better and more. It had potential. The way she reacted to the house purchase was ridiculous. No girl in her right mind would have reacted with such anger at someone who ruined her life the way he did or the way she claimed he did with calling social services 4 years earlier.
In summation - the idea had potential, even though it's been done a thousand times. The characters might have had potential if the author had bothered to develop them at all (with the exception of Brian who was a tinny, ridiculously extraneous character only there to create a little drama), and it didn't need to have "plot twists" (since they were so friggin obvious) to have been a good tale of teenage love re-explored as adults. If they had been more adult, it may have been a more decent book.
Sorry. I don't usually leave poor reviews but that was one of the biggest wastes of my time in a long time. The extra half star was for not having many grammatical errors. At least it was well edited.
Cat is a happy college student who is looking forward to a stable career and has just become engaged. Despite having a rough start in life, she is happy -- until her foster brother/ex-lover comes back into her life after a four year absence.
If you think the strength of love can be judged by the amount of craziness it brings into your life, you may enjoy this book. For the rest of us, it will probably be troubling as Cat's friendships and relationships implode and she sinks into a pit that has her alternating between apathy and violent jealousy. Although Cat makes a superficial stand against drama at the end of the book, there is no indication that this couple understands the work necessary to move beyond their deeply disfunctional relationship -- one involving longterm deception, manipulation, risky sex practices, physical explosions, severe jealousy, and deliberate attempts to use words to hurt each other deeply -- or that they even have the willingness to do the work. I rarely close a romance with such a strong conviction that, if the story had a realistic sequel, it would have the couple divorced within a few years of the wedding.
In a book based in a disturbing "first love = only love" worldview, I shouldn't have been surprised that abandoning all goals and characteristics developed after the age of sixteen is ultimately the key to Cat's "redemption." I shouldn't have been surprised that the author identified adulthood (for women, anyway) as the problem, but it was still a profoundly disappointing end to a disappointing attempt to twist a classic novel into a modern love story with a happy ending.
While there was empathy for the kids, their ups and downs got a bit tedious. Readers get the point the first time and don't need to be dragged through it all time after time.
The grammatical errors, the incorrect "fact" (eyes don't dilate when lights come on), misspelling and wrong words substituted, words in the wrong order ( "...enjoyed other each.") make an editor a good idea for the author.
It's been a few years since I read one of this author's books. Looks like it will be a few years more before I go back to her writing.
It really is a good read, and I recommend it to those who can read through melodramatic characters, such is Cat. I think being in first-person takes away from the character because there's too much of the one-sided b.s. that always goes down when there's two sides to every story. The worst part is Cat KNOWS and POINTS OUT the other side but doesn't care.
I don't like how there are these problems that need to be fixed but never do. Cat's relationship with her brother Brian is never resolved, her weird and crazy obsessive ways are never resolved. Heath doesn't change or even give anything to the relationship.
I still say it's a good read though.