Do you belong to any Facebook groups for your favorite authors? I do, but only two: Krista & Becca Ritchie’s Fizzle Force and Sally Thorne’s Flamethrowers. Both groups post a ton of book recommendations and it’s generally terrible for my TBR. There was one day, several months ago, when it seemed like the entire group was talking about how much they loved this series. I figured I didn’t have much to lose by one-clicking the first book. Of course, I didn’t pick it up until four months later, but it’s the thought that counts.
I actually wasn’t even planning to read this book this month. I just wasn’t feeling my predetermined #killingthetbr books and I was really sick of all of them turning out to be awful, so I tried to pick one that I thought I’d enjoy. I was wrong. I’m really bad at this book-choosing thing lately. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Also, it’s Pride Month, so I thought it might be fitting. It really wasn’t. I don’t know why this is tagged as an LGBT romance on Goodreads. It’s not. It’s just a bunch of crazy kids beating each other up.
I just… didn’t like this book. Apparently the series gets better as it goes on, but I’m just not feeling it and I have no desire to keep going. I’m not sure why everything’s so violent and I keep hearing all this stuff about how cute Neil and Andrew are but they just keep fighting? (More accurately, Andrew keeps punching people for no good reason.) The book is about a made-up sport (Exy) that doesn’t even make any sense. It’s weird and it’s so boring.
This isn’t how college works.
This isn’t how sports work.
This isn’t how drugs work.
This isn’t how teamwork works.
Literally the only positive thing I can say about this book is that it made me want to adopt Neil. He deserves better than his current life. The only reason I’m giving this two stars instead of one is because it’s marginally better than the last few single-star books I’ve read.
PS: I love this review over on Goodreads.
#killingthetbr: four months on shelf