First of all, the moment I started the book, I did not like the author’s writing style. To me, the book felt like she was trying to make it a poem, but it came off as pretentious instead of poetic.

The characters were all unlikable, especially the main character, Cady. I don’t know if the author intentionally made both the main and sub-characters this way because she was trying to portray “socialite” status or not. It just seemed forced and fake.

Now, onto what I liked about the book. I originally thought this was going to be a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, but I was very, VERY surprised by the twist at the end. I mean, this major twist didn’t come until the last 20% of the book, but you could feel it at various times throughout. Thank goodness I finished the last 20% at home at 1 am instead of at work during my lunch break because I bawled like a baby.

Ultimately, I gave the book 3 stars because I forced myself to continue on. This book was third on our library’s best-rated Young Adult books, so I wanted to see what the hype was all about. I don’t think the author needed that poetic flair; it could have been a lot more straightforward for me. While the ending pulled my 2-star rating up to a 3, I don’t know if I would recommend it or continue with the author’s bibliography since I was not a fan of her writing style.

  • STARTED: Nov 26, 2017
  • FINISHED: Nov 29, 2017

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