Author: Trish Doller
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: 24 September, 2013
Source: Bloomsbury (UK&ANZ). Thank you!
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Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.Review by Nara
Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.
I've seen a lot of raving reviews for this book, but personally, while I enjoyed it I wouldn't say it's the best contemporary out there. There were just a few too many (what I saw to be) faults in there that decreased my enjoyment of the book. Don't get me wrong, it was still somewhat good. But for me, it just wasn't as amazing as many others seem to think.
So many people really like the romance. I thought the romance wasn't that great. Basically the two people hardly know each other at all, have pretty much not even had any proper conversations, and BAM, SEX. Also, since Callie is 17 and Alex is 22, BUDDY THAT IS STATUTORY RAPE (well, according to my "extensive" knowledge from year 12 legal studies, it is. Correct me if I'm wrong.) Seriously, that is not okay. (edit: looked it up, and looks like it's okay in the US. Apparently if you're under 24 it's okay if the other person is 16 or 17. I still don't like how quickly the relationship moved though.) I just really disliked how everything just happened so suddenly, and some of the lines were downright cringe worthy.
”And here I thought I was your first mermaid.”
“Goddess,” he says. “You are my first goddess.”I mean, I guess it was said in jest, but my gag reflex and I just couldn't take it.
Also, random, but this:
"Where would you go if you could go anywhere?"Seriously? Out of all of those places, you say Aussie first? Lol, there are so many more interesting places out there. Although I guess I might be biased because I actually live in Aussie :P And was I the only person who Google imaged all the different types of sponges they mentioned? I wanted to see what they looked like hehe.
"Australia, Polynesia, Central America, the Carribbean, the Galapagos..."
The writing was actually quite good. Callie had a strong and realistic narrative voice, and I can see why people have said that they really feel for her/want to hug her etc etc, but for some reason that I can't quite put my finger on, I just couldn't connect with her. And I don't even think there were any particular characters that I liked. Kat- Callie's cousin and best friend- was just weird. The way she warns Callie to stay away from Alex was weird. The reasons behind why she warns Callie to stay away from Alex were also just weird. Alex being mad at Callie because of the mum thing was weird. Am I not saying the word weird enough? WEIRD.
Yeah, I'm probably the black sheep when it comes to this book. Just look at that Goodreads rating! So I'd still recommend it to people who are looking for a dramatic contemporary romance.
It was okay