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Girls, not since Sarah Dessen wrote Wes, the hottie tattooed bad boy turned better man, has a hero been this hot. No, really, I can tell you don’t believe me and you would be wrong. This kid is sizzling in a way that absolutely does not make me want to make a funny sizzler joke (though really I do and I just saw this hilarious one on Twitter: Sizzler’s slogan is “where America comes to eat”. They must wonder how so many of us survive without food.) All I can tell you is that you gotta read this book and I’m being serious now. Read this book.
Plot: Jackie Wallace has been happily dating Kennedy for the last 3 years. She followed him to college even though the school doesn’t cater to musicians like her and while she doesn’t have their future all mapped out, she does know that he will figure in it somehow. But when Kennedy breaks up with her unexpectedly, Jackie is left adrift, hoping to redefine herself however she can. For starters, she stops going by the nickname Jackie which her ex gave her, instead insisting on Jacqueline even to long time friends. Her attempt at reinventing herself is hampered when a boy she knows attempts to rape her as she leaves a frat party. Her erstwhile rescuer is a nameless yet gorgeous hunk who disappears as quickly as he appeared. When she sees him again in her economics class, she decides that this tattooed and pierced bad boy might be the best way to get over her recent breakup. As they begin a clever game of cat and mouse, Jacqueline also initiates a not so innocent online flirtation with her economics tutor. Between the attentions from both new guys, her ex, and her attacker along with juggling school and her own friends, simply living is turning out to be anything but easy.
Review: Oh. My. God. Y’all. It’s been a long time since I read a book so perfectly written; yet once again, Tammara Webber proves that she’s a master at what she does. The plot is basic: girl is adrift. Girl attempts to redefine herself. In doing so, girl needs saving. Gorgeous hunk saves her. Girl and gorgeous hunk test the waters. Girl can’t decide between him and another mystery guy. See! So simple. Deviously simple if you ask me. If anyone else were to write it, I’d say, “Pishaw! Boring and overused.” But Tammara makes this fresh and alive in a way not many authors can. Take Jacqueline, the heroine who is hoping to redefine herself only to have that stymied by an angry behemoth hoping to prove his dominance by raping women. Instead of whining and crying and losing herself, she holds true to her goals and ideals. There’s no annoying hand holding done by the reader and the character seems all the more real for it. Her saviour, Lucas, is likewise so authentic and well, real as a character that you can visualize him cropping up just about anywhere (mainly in your bed but I digress…). He is a hero to the nth degree but he’s also flawed and beautiful because of that. And yes, he’s a bad boy stud who also happens to be brilliant, tattooed, pierced, loyal, hardworking, ethical…the list could go on and on (and in my mind it does, trust me). But he’s very much a broken character who’s looking for someone to help him finish reinventing himself. When these two dysfunctional people meet, it’s as if suns explode and worlds crash, but what’s left behind is the possibility of something wholly new. That’s the driving force behind this book–the possibility of reinventing oneself as even better than before. And obviously, before you start in with the, “Judith, stop boring us with your college-esque review of a YA novel!”, this is also a fantastic love story. You get some really sexy scenes that never devolve into smut; you get to watch the evolution of a relationship from virtual strangers to lovers; and you get to meet a fiercely guarded, damaged boy and girl blossom into something new. It’s amazing to read and just so perfectly written. The dialogue is great, the pace of the book is superb (I finished it in one day. One day! Impossible for me lately with all the other parts of my life pulling and tugging at my available time), and just everything fits together so seamlessly that you actually lose yourself in the world created. I feel like readers and books have the possibility to mesh and repel just like people and for some reason, the mojo Tammara Webber works really clicks with me. So all I can say is, if you agree with our reviews and think our ideas are pretty similar, BUY THIS BOOK. You’re gonna adore it.
Based on the following criteria:
How much did I like the heroine: 10. Jacqueline read like my best friend. She was spunky and gutsy and didn’t let the fact that she was bummed out by Kennedy’s break up deter her in any way. In fact, she used it to reinvent herself! Even when she was hiding from the fact that some douche tried to rape her, she was still likable and fun and willing to give other guys a shot. Plus she didn’t want just a rebound fling with Lucas, the tattooed hottie. She wanted something more! I like that she wasn’t willing to settle.
How much did I like the love interest: What number comes after 10000000? Is that a bagillion? Lucas is HOT. And when I write, HOT, I really mean fan yourself, hold onto your panties, and be ready to crane your head around if he walks near you hot. Boyfriend is swoonworthy. He saves girls from attacks, he’s brilliant, he’s on every do-gooder cause known to man at his college, he lived through a horrific experience and doesn’t let it stop him from living life, and was willing to turn his bad choices from high school into good ones in college. I just adore him. He’s everything you wanted in a college boyfriend but couldn’t find because he was too busy buying beer illegally or cramming for tests or something. God, why oh why wasn’t a guy like this one hanging around my economics classes at NYU?
How believable is the plot: 10. Rape and the aftermath of it are harsh things that are sadly 100% believable. The only unbelievable part of this plot is that Lucas is pretty much always around to save Jacqueline from her would-be rapist. In real life, we all know that there rarely is a hunk just waiting in the wings to protect a girl. Here however his being around constantly has a reason and seems legit though a bit stalkerish in its own right. But who cares? He’s freaking Lucas aka the tattooed hottie!
How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 10. I said it above and I’ll say it again, whatever Tammara Webber’s doing just works for me. She’s got weird Judith mojo that makes me instantly love her writing. Everything is believable and well-written. Even small subplots seem to be well thought out and well crafted. She just seems to get what needs to be done in a novel and does it. Now, I know she’s a professed anal self-editor so that may be why but regardless (or in light of), there’s no grammar/spelling flaws, the writing is dead on, and everything just flows.
How much did I want to keep reading: 10. Hey, Tammara, how about a sequel where we just get to see more of Lucas and Jacqueline falling in love? Too boring, you say? Not enough potential for readership? Who cares! I’ll buy out your whole stock just to see that.
Final Score: 10/10. I can’t stop saying this. You will like this book. You will like this book. You will LIKE THIS BOOK. It’s well done, it’s refreshing, it’s fun, and not only is it light but it’s also dark in a way that hints at redemption for both main characters and gives us, the readers, something to look forward to throughout. Again, you will like this book and if you don’t, well, I don’t really think we have anything left to say to one another.
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