“Neighbors and best friends Paul and Felicia hoped they’d be friends forever. But as they change, so does their friendship.
She shouldn’t have kissed her…He shouldn’t have liked it.
Starting school changed everything. …”
-Synopsis taken from Goodreads
Hey guys! Meaghan here again with another review! Unfortunately I’ve got a bit more of a depressing one today, as I don’t give such low scores often! I hope I’ve explained my reasoning for disliking the book well enough though, as it seems this book was rated pretty highly on Goodreads.
Stars (Out of 10): 1/10 Stars
Overall Thoughts: Some of you may be shocked at how low this book was, as I usually tend to give books pretty high scores. However, while the beginning of the book originally had me leaning towards 5/10 (an eh plot with eh characters), it’s rating dropped very abruptly very quickly after around 60%. The quality of the book seemed to fall, as well as plot realisticness and character likeability. In addition, the ending nullified every single conflict in the book basically, while also being extremely vague and not truly giving readers closure (which I desperately sought for.)
The Good: There’s a very diverse cast in this book, especially for it being in a really white area, as the character Paul originally explains. The book seems to have a huge variation in both race, gender orientation, and sexual orientation. However, a lot of it is later looked over, and some of it seems to be brought up just so the book can be considered “inclusive.”
The Bad: The diversity the book attempted to show almost had all but disappeared near the end. Characters I was indifferent about I began to hate very very quickly. The plot (which seemed strictly about their romance) was extremely unrealistic, and seemed way way too planned and “fake.”
SPOILERS BEGIN HERE
The Characters: While they seemed okay at first, they grew very hateful, manipulative, and fake by the end. Paul was downright horrid to his siblings, and later was not fair to Felicia at all. However, Felicia was no better. In the beginning of the story, she seemed to want Paul only for herself, and ignored all his likes and interests. He also kept leading him on, a kiss here or there just continue to keep him around.
The Plot: Since romance was the plot, this will be discussed in this category rather than characters, as I usually consider it a character relationship. Simply put, the romance was unrealistic, fake, and downright harmful. Also, the way they finally got to revealing their feelings was by the abusing of other characters (Julia for Paul, Adrian for Felicia.) It also got super unrealistic, and it seemed that the author couldn’t create conflict while still making Paul and Felicia grow closer romantically, making all the happenings in their ‘relationship’ very abrupt. They went from fighting to sex a few sentences later, and then a chapter later Felicia wouldn’t let Paul put his arm around her! And then in the end, what was keeping them apart (Felicia’s mom), ended up being completely okay with the thought of them together! So it was all for naught!
The Favorite Character: I didn’t really have any?
Buy it, Borrow it, or Bin it: Bin it.