Book review: Lucas by Jay McLean

Lucas by Jay McLean
Series: Preston Brothers #1
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: AmazonTBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Source: Freebie

In a sprint, every millisecond counts. When you’re waiting for love, those milliseconds can feel like eons.

High school senior Lucas Preston has it all: star of the track team, a scholarship waiting for him, an apartment to himself and a revolving door of girlfriends. He also has an older sister, five younger brothers and a father who relies on him to make sure those brothers don’t kill each other.

His saving grace? Lois “Laney” Sanders, a girl he started to fall in like with when he was just eleven. A girl who became his best friend, his confidant, his courage.

It took only sixteen clicks and eight seconds for Lucas to realize that his like for Laney had turned into love. Eight life-changing seconds.  It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her.

For my first #killingthetbr book of September, I went with one that’s actually been on my TBR for a long time. I’d seen a ton of positive reviews for Lucas, so I was crossing my fingers that maybe, possibly, hopefully, I would actually enjoy a book that I read. And… I didn’t hate it. I really didn’t. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with it from an objective standpoint. It just wasn’t for me.

I just have so many questions and comments. Some of them may be considered spoilery, so…

click at your own risk!
  1. I know that it’s been a while since I was in high school, but what’s with all these YA books featuring “platonic” friends who sleep in the same bed? I think I’ve maybe shared a bed with a friend once or twice in my life, but not a friend of the gender I’m attracted to and not every night. I’m pretty sure that if you’re sneaking into your friend’s bedroom every night for “cuggles,” you’re pretty much the opposite of platonic, regardless of whether you’re actually dating someone else.
  2. And now, speaking of the “dating someone else” thing, I’m not entirely sure why Lucas had to have a girlfriend. This didn’t endear me to him. He mentions over and over again how he’s in love with Laney, so… why exactly is he dating someone else? And then he breaks up with his girlfriend! Good job, Lucas! And Laney starts dating someone. If they’re so in love with each other, why the HECK are they dating other people?!
  3. I’m not sure why, but I’ve been super emotional lately. I’m not usually like this, but it is what it is. I think that’s one of the biggest reasons that I didn’t like this book. If you’re reading this section, you probably don’t care about spoilers, so let me tell you about some of the things that happen in this book that I wish I would have known about before picking it up.
    1. Lucas’s mom dies and how the family adjusts to it and how it changes everything is a big part of the story. I’m not a big fan of dead parent books to begin with, but especially not when I’m already very emotional.
    2. Another thing I prefer to avoid reading about? Domestic abuse. I mean, I saw it coming. It wasn’t exactly subtle. But the book took a real turn and it just felt over-the-top.
    3. There are also some issues with underage drinking and drug use, which I felt were (with one exception) not really appropriately addressed. I don’t necessarily have a problem with this in books, but I feel like if you’re going to address it for one character, you should address it for all of them.
  4. Quick question: How the heck do you not know that two of your best friends are dating? I was so aggravated by one particular plot point which involved Lucas being irrationally upset that Laney had dated in the past. And when he finds out that one of the boys she dated is his good friend? He gets so weirdly territorial. I just don’t understand how, when you make a point to talk about how the characters are always together, Lucas wouldn’t know that Laney was dating his friend. It just didn’t work for me.
  5. Now I’m going to address the sex scenes, which I’ll admit were fairly well-written. Usually, if I’m going to bring up sex scenes in a review, it’s because they’re terrible. In this case, I just thought that they were (1) creepy, and (2) unrealistic.
    1. Creepy. Okay, so let’s talk about the fact that we have semi-detailed sex scenes between underage characters in this YA book. I have no problem with this kind of writing in a NA or adult book, but in YA? No thanks. I’m all for sex positivity, but I’m also a firm believer that sex scenes in YA books should be primarily fade-to-black.
    2. Unrealistic. Granted, I wasn’t having sex when I was seventeen years old, but I sincerely doubt that it would’ve been full of sexy foreplay and multiple orgasms. I don’t really want to go back to the scene in question for the exact quote, but it was something like, “She came once on my fingers, then again on my tongue.” They’re seventeen years old!!!
  6. Another weird thing is making your son’s friend the godmother of your baby. Like… Laney is seventeen years old and Lachlan is six. So at eleven years old, Lucas’s mother thought that Laney would be a suitable guardian for her child? And then the whole Preston family decides to guilt Laney into spending more time with Lachlan because she’s not fulfilling her “godmotherly duties” or whatever? She has to take him to her house for a sleepover to prove she still loves him? WHAT? I mean, I’m pretty good with kids and I did a lot of babysitting when I was in high school, but I would not have been able to take care of a six-year-old child by myself (because you know her dad’s only around when it’s convenient for the plot) for an entire weekend when I was seventeen.

 

I’m pretty sure that this is the angstiest book I’ve ever read. It can also be pretty over-the-top at times. It’s not badly written, it’s just not my thing. I liked it better at the beginning when it was cute than I did by the end. I would also argue that it veers more toward new adult than young adult, just given the subject matter and sexual content.

I’d recommend this if you’re looking for something angsty and dramatic. If not… maybe steer clear of this one.

#killingthetbr: 5 months on shelf


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Spotlight: On a Tuesday by Whitney G.

On a Tuesday by Whitney G.
Series: One Week #1
Links: AmazonAudibleGoodreads • iTunes
Publication Date: September 19, 2017

We met on a Tuesday.
Became best friends, then lovers, on a Tuesday.
And everything fell apart on a Tuesday… 

Charlotte Taylor has three automatic strikes in my book: 1) She hates me. She also claims that I’m a “domineering jerk with a huge, overbearing ego.” (I do have something huge. It’s not my ego, though.) 2) She takes our mandatory tutoring sessions way too seriously. 3) She’s sexy as hell…And a virgin.

At least, those were her strikes before our study sessions started lasting longer than they were supposed to. Until one innocent kiss became a hundred dirty ones, and until she became the first woman I ever fell hard for.

Our future together after graduation was supposed to be set:
Professional football for me. Law school for her.

But she left me at the end of the semester with no explanation, and then she completely disappeared from my life.

Until tonight.

We met on a Tuesday.
Became everything, then nothing, on a Tuesday.
And now it’s seven years later, on a Tuesday… 

**This is a full length second chance romance, inspired by Adele’s “When We Were Young”**

About the author:

Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels, and the cofounder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors.
When she’s not chatting with readers on her Facebook Page, you can find her on her website at http://www.whitneygbooks.com or on instagram: @whitneyg.author. (If she’s not in either of those places, she’s probably locked away working on another crazy story.)
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ARC Review: Kiss the Girl by Tara Sivec

Kiss the Girl by Tara Sivec
Series: Naughty Princess Club #3
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • Goodreads
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Source: ARC from the publisher

A struggling antiques collector finds herself falling in love with a millionaire playboy; but can she ever be a part of his world?

Meet the Naughty Princess Club, a series from USA Today bestselling author Tara Sivec that brings readers to Fairytale Lane and the hilarity—and romance—that three women fall into once they decide to strut their stuff and bring on their own happily ever after.

While her friends have broken free of their insecurities, Ariel Waters is struggling to come out of her shell. Her ex-husband took away her voice and her self-confidence, and Ariel is drowning under a sea of debt to afford the alimony she has to pay him. She refuses to ever fall for a man’s charms again, and is determined to make her own way.

When her house and her beloved antiques are taken by the bank after too many missed payments, Ariel finds herself adrift until the infuriatingly charming Eric Sailor comes to her rescue. Although she can’t stand the millionaire playboy, Eric’s kindness and unconditional support reveal hidden depths and a love that Ariel never imagined she could find.

But there are outside influences who will stop at nothing to keep them apart; can Ariel and Eric weather the storm and find a way to be together?

I loved the first two books in Tara Sivec’s Naughty Princess Club series (I’ll link my reviews down below) so I was really excited to get an email from St. Martin’s Press/Swerve offering me an ARC of Kiss the Girl! Enemies-to-lovers is kind of my thing and I’d been anticipating Ariel and Eric’s story ever since we were first introduced to them in At the Stroke of Midnight.

I liked Eric a lot. He was such a great guy and I loved that he just gave Ariel a yacht. Why can’t someone just give me a big yacht to live on all by myself? I need my personal space. In that way, I really related to Ariel. But aside from that… Ariel is just so prickly. It wasn’t a surprise, really, since it’s not like she was a ball of sunshine in the previous two books, but I found it really hard to connect with her. I’m all for my female protagonists being complex and layered and having their own issues, but Ariel created a lot of her own problems but blamed them on other people and that was hard for me to deal with.

The relationship between Eric and Ariel was actually pretty cute. Eric was so supportive of her and I loved the romance once Ariel got over herself and stopped pushing him away. But for the actual story? I don’t know. I just felt like, compared with the last two books in the series, the parallels with the actual Little Mermaid story were pretty forced. The whole plot felt kind of rushed and I just didn’t love this one as much as I’d expected. Not to mention that the whole plot with Ursula had me rolling my eyes. (Are these grown adults or teenagers? Sometimes I couldn’t tell.)

Kiss the Girl wasn’t a bad way to spend a few hours, but I don’t know that I’d necessarily recommend it to anybody other than fans of the previous two books in the series.

Previously: At the Stroke of Midnight | In Bed With the Beast


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Book review: Smut by Karina Halle

Smut by Karina Halle
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Links: AmazonTBDGoodreads
Publication Date: May 16, 2016
Source: Freebie

What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

I got this book months ago fully intending to read it right away, and then, as usual, I didn’t. But for my final choice for this month’s #killingthetbr challenge, I figured that I might as well read it. After all, it has great reviews! It sounds really fun! I’ve been meaning to try out something by Karina Halle! But, ugh, I’m not sure what it is with me hating every book I own, but here we are.

The biggest problem for me was that I didn’t like the hero and I didn’t like the heroine. It’s really hard for me to enjoy a romance novel if I can’t get behind the characters, and both of them were so annoying.

Amanda is a writer. Like, that’s her whole self. She writes. All she talks about is how she writes. She talks about how she writes better than anybody else in the world, but let me tell you, the excerpts of her weird fantasy novel are not good. She’s super judgmental of anybody who doesn’t write high fantasy, like at one point she actually says, “Romance readers want romance, they don’t want it with a plot about bird women and wizards and monsters that look like a giant ant crossed with a spider. They might not want it with a plot at all, so let’s not pretend.” I mean, yikes.

Amanda is also incredibly entitled. Her rich parents pay for her apartment, her school, her car, everything. I mean, that’s fine. I had friends in college in the same situation, but the difference was that they didn’t constantly mention it while simultaneously complaining about how hard their life is. Do you know what’s hard? Paying for college by yourself while also finding the money for your rent and food and other necessities. But, wow, your parents sometimes question whether you’ll ever make money as a writer but still pay to put you through a creative writing degree. Your life is difficult. I’m so sorry.

Blake is a British playboy and that’s his whole self. His life is very difficult also, because clearly the hero can’t just be a jerk for no reason. He has to be a jerk because of everything that’s going on in his life. Blake has slept with half of the creative writing class, because of course he has, and he frequently gets trays of beer poured over him in bars, because of course he does. How else would we know that he’s a womanizing jerk? This wouldn’t be a romance novel if Blake wasn’t somehow redeemed, though, so he’s (a) doing a business degree he’s not interested in so that he can take over his father’s bookstore, and (b) unexpectedly kind toward his much younger stepbrother, Kevin.

I really wish that I had loved this book, but I didn’t. Not only are the two main characters the actual worst, but everything that happens is just so far-fetched that I found myself rolling my eyes throughout the entire book and setting it down between chapters because I just didn’t want to finish. It’s also so poorly edited, with word use errors or just words missing altogether. Some of the sex scenes are kind of hot, but most just made me cringe and I don’t usually read this kind of thing at 10am on a Sunday, but I ended up marathoning it because I just wanted to be done already.

PS: “Fuckboy” does not mean “boy you’re fucking,” I feel like this is a thing you should know if you write romance.

Let’s end on a positive note with a quote I liked:

She knows, oh she knows, that the worst thing to say to a struggling writer is, “How is it going?” or “Get any writing done?” Bitch, if I’ve got writing done, you can fucking bet you’ll know about it.

#killingthetbr: three months on shelf


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Book review: Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: AmazonGoodreads
Publication Date: September 7, 2013
Source: Kindle freebie

Born into a life of privilege and secrets, Nora Blakely has everything any nineteen-year-old girl could desire. She’s an accomplished pianist, a Texas beauty queen, and on her way to Princeton after high school. She’s perfect…

Leaving behind her million-dollar mansion and Jimmy Choos, she becomes a girl hell-bent on pushing the limits with alcohol, drugs, and meaningless sex.

Then she meets her soulmate. But he doesn’t want her.

When it comes to girls, twenty-five-year-old Leo Tate has one rule: never fall in love. His gym and his brother are all he cares about…until he meets Nora. He resists the pull of their attraction, hung up on their six year age difference.

As they struggle to stay away from each other, secrets will be revealed, tempers will flare, and hearts will be broken.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy…where sometimes, the best things in life are Very Bad Things.

So… typically, when I see literally every person that I follow on Goodreads raving about a book, it means that the book is actually good. In this case, I’m not sure if I read a different book than everybody else or if I’m just really picky or if something’s the matter with me… but what the heck did I just read.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an unconventional review, but I think this book is best discussed in bullet point form. I’m putting this whole thing under a spoiler tag, so just click below to see allll my thoughts. Obviously, I’m spoiling the whole book (so maybe don’t look if you’re planning to read it) and since this is basically just my running commentary as I was reading, there’s quite a bit of swearing.

154 thoughts I had while reading Very Bad Things:
    1. The first quarter really isn’t that bad. I have very few thoughts about it!
    2. (Only that I feel a little weird that the love interest has the same name as my three-year-old nephew, yikes.)
    3. Okay, I’m a little iffy about a lot of what’s happening here.
    4. The relationship between the 18-year-old and the 25-year-old actually doesn’t bother me
    5. It’s a little weird that she’s still in high school though
    6. THE AUTISM THING IS DONE REALLY POORLY
    7. like “I’m not autistic, but I’m not normal either”
    8. WHAT THE F U C K
    9. He chose Teddy for the band because he “likes imperfect people” okay
    10. My Goodreads friends have given this an average of 4.4 stars so yikes
    11. I just went through my Kindle highlights and “Princeton is only a few months away, and you’ll never make it past freshman year if you don’t stop daydreaming”
    12. I never say lmao but L M A O have you ever met a Princeton student?
    13. that’s hilarious, she didn’t mean it to be but I’m still laughing
    14. (I live in Princeton by the way so I know a ton of Princeton students)
    15. her friend literally just said “You need some male meat, chica” and I am gagging
    16. I like Sebastian though
    17. So she starts off every chapter with a quote… from the character that the chapter is about… like they’re so deep and profound but they’re just stupid things like “bad decisions can make some damn good memories”
    18. I mean, obviously…. we’ve all been teenagers before……
    19. “At least he’d decided to let me help Teddy”
    20. EXCUSE ME NORA BLAKELY HE ASKED YOU TO HELP TEDDY AND YOU’RE THE ONE WHO WAS WEIRD ABOUT IT
    21. Do colleges still do paper applications? I mean, I’m old but even I applied online….
    22. “Why would he want a tiny, little popcorn shrimp like me when he could have a Texas-sized catfish like Tiffany?” OH MY G O D
    23. Why does Leo smell like butterscotch? That’s such an oddly specific scent
    24. OH SORRY it’s “BUTTERSCOTCH AND MALE” because this is a new adult book, so the characters have to smell like things that aren’t scents
    25. OH WOW I’m such a rebel that I smashed every plate in the china cabinet and then went upstairs and dyed my hair red!!!
    26. “I’ve had one drink, I wonder if I’ve killed any brain cells yet”
    27. Are you actually in middle school?
    28. I CAN’T
    29. THIS BOOK IS SO BAD
    30. DON’T MAKE ME FINISH IT
    31. what is continuity???
    32. why have I not seen a single negative review of this book???
    33. she’s literally in high school but of course she wears Manolos
    34. Did Leo really just say that Nora shouldn’t be at a theater that plays classic movies
    35. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE LEO?
    36. “I’d think the mall would be where she’d watch movies”
    37. OH GOD
    38. In reference to Nora’s eyes: “What guy thinks aqua?”
    39. oh idk, maybe one whose vocabulary has expanded beyond just straight primary colors?
    40. “DAMN, BUTTERCUP WAS A WHOLE YEAR OLDER THAN I’D THOUGHT”
    41. (oh yeah, he calls her Buttercup because she was wearing a yellow dress the first time he creeped on her)
    42. Oh wow, Leo’s so straight that he can’t admit that another man is good-looking, MY FAVORITE
    43. “You’re like a Lamborghini in a parking lot full of Kias” OH MY GODDDDDDDD
    44. “I wondered if she’d ever made love in a movie theater” Is that a normal thing that people do???
    45. “We could move to the back row, and she could sit on my lap while we tore into each other.” Please don’t. Really. Please don’t. I never want to go to another movie theater again now.
    46. OK SHE LITERALLY JUST SPELLED HER OWN GODDAMN CHARACTER’S NAME WRONG
    47. SHE CALLED HIM SEBASTAIN
    48. I’M PRETTY SURE IT’S BEEN SEBASTIAN FOR THE LAST 128 PAGES BUT YOU’RE THE AUTHOR I GUESS
    49. “making me forget my own name” I think I’m missing out in life because this has literally never happened to me
    50. Can I just take this opportunity to mention that LEO HAS A FUCKING GIRLFRIEND
    51. Okay okay she’s “a girl he’s seeing” and they’re not putting labels on it but TIFFANY IS BASICALLY HIS GIRLFRIEND and we all know how I feel about cheating
    52. “Something big shifted inside me… inside my heart”
    53. SPARE ME THE DRAMATICS, LEO, YOU HAVE A FUCKING GIRLFRIEND
    54. “He taught me consensual sex could be incredible. I figured he deserved to be Valedictorian for that alone.”
    55. ……….I feel like those two things are about as unrelated as possible
    56. Her nemesis (I assume?) just started kicking her chair because I guess they’re actually five years old?
    57. “only available to students with a 29 on the ACT” okay so I went to a private high school that offered college-level classes and there were definitely prerequisites that I had to meet to take them but I don’t recall something as arbitrary as an ACT score being one of them????
    58. I was going to say “in what kind of math class do you have to write paragraphs to support your answer” but then I remembered my high school geometry class and ok, I’ll allow it
    59. OH SO SHE CAN GET MAD AT HER EX FOR HAVING A NEW GIRLFRIEND BUT SHE DOESN’T SEE ANYTHING WRONG WITH RELENTLESSLY PURSUING LEO
    60. I actually love Sebastian ok
    61. “Do you have a boyfriend I don’t know about, ’cause if you do, I’m gonna challenge him to a duel… with pistols at dawn or swords… or whatever they do here in Texas”
    62. (MEANWHILE SHE’S TRYING TO GET WITH SEBASTIAN’S OLDER BROTHER BUT ANYWAY)
    63. of course she wears Dior to prom, who doesn’t???
    64. also all this talk about her altering her fancy dresses and I’m imagining that scene from Pretty in Pink where Molly Ringwald takes that nice dress and hacks it up into a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE dress but she thinks she’s making it better
    65. “This mouth is all I think about,” he whispered and pressed his lips to mine. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK LEO YOUR GIRLFRIEND IS IN THE OTHER ROOM
    66. “an erotic, open-mouthed tango” I’m sorry but that’s like the least sexy kiss description I’ve ever read
    67. “This… this was a kiss.” I thought it was an open-mouthed tango????
    68. “Gorgeous tits,” he murmured, because that’s just what every girl wants to hear in the heat of the moment!!!
    69. THIS FUCKING BOOK
    70. I just read a chapter out loud to my boyfriend and his only comment was “What’s wrong with this book?”
    71. OH THEY COME OUT OF THE BATHROOM WITH THEIR LIPS SWOLLEN AND THEIR HAIR ALL MESSED UP NORA’S LIPSTICK IS ALL OVER HER FACE AND FUCKING LEO’S FUCKING GIRLFRIEND IS LIKE “PROVE TO ME THAT NOTHING’S GOING ON BETWEEN YOU TWO” THAT IS NOT THE APPROPRIATE RESPONSE
    72. “a waiter walked by with a tray of shooters” what kind of high school party is this
    73. EXCUSE ME THEY’RE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND DOING SEVEN SHOTS IN A ROW I’m A GROWN ADULT and if I did seven shots in a row I’d be on the floor
    74. “Hi. I don’t think we know each other? I’m Nora Blakely, sometimes referred to as the smartest kid at BA.” Who says that?!?
    75. “Bridget and I aren’t exclusive, and she doesn’t mind sharing… or watching if you want.” YOU’RE IN HIGH SCHOOL.
    76. “What would the extra person do while the other two were busy? Maybe do a critique?” Never had a threesome myself, but yep, I’m pretty sure that’s how it works.
    77. “…the yellow of his gaze mesmerizing me, reminding me of a calico cat I’d once had” I mean, I love cats and I’ve had my fair share of felines in my 28 years of life, but I can’t say that I’ve ever compared my love interest’s eyes to any of my cats……..
    78. I sighed regretfully. “I will never share my man.” NORA YOU ARE LITERALLY HOOKING UP WITH A GUY WHO HAS A GIRLFRIEND
    79. “Do you know what your problem is? … You’re a mean person.” Ooh, scathing insult.
    80. “I clearly had no idea how to land a good punch, but Mila and I had watched Fight Club junior year.” I… just… 😒
    81. “She ran at me like a crazy woman at a Macy’s clearance sale”
    82. Oh I’m at 52%, at least I’m more than half done
    83. “she tried to kick me again with her stilettos” have you ever worn stilettos? it’s hard enough to walk in them let alone balance on one leg to kick someone?
    84. how did this girl just grab Nora’s nipple piercing? through her dress? I’m so confused
    85. “Well, don’t worry about me, okay. I live in a twenty million dollar mansion alone!” 😱😱😱
    86. “I’ve seen worst” WORST. WORSTWORST.
    87. “Are you saying we’re soulmates?” THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY.
    88. “Oh, and no Leo, no soulmate, no mister right, no true love, no beloved.” you’ve known him for like… a week
    89. her mom is the worst
    90. also this whole book has been so dramatic so far that the dramatic reveal (that her brother drugged and raped her) doesn’t even feel that surprising
    91. and she’s alluded to it at least ten separate times, so…
    92. RANDOM THIRD PERSON NARRATION FOR A SECOND BUT DON’T WORRY FIRST PERSON IS BACK AGAIN
    93. What happened to Teddy…….. where did he go…. he just disappeared
    94. “Later that day, even though I swore I wasn’t going to, I found myself parked outside a fucking high school, leaning against my newly painted Escalade, waiting for a girl.” BUDDY YOU’RE 25 MAYBE DON’T SHOW UP AT THE HIGH SCHOOL
    95. “What’s that?” “It’s a book, Nora.” WOW
    96. HERE IT IS
    97. IT FINALLY HAPPENED
    98. She’s…….. wait for it………
    99. Not like other girls 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄
    100. half the book has gone by without a single mention of him but hey, Teddy’s back!!!
    101. “You know those people that think they can sing, but really can’t? Well, that’s not me. I knew I couldn’t sing worth crap” OK SAME
    102. LEO PUTS SUGAR IN HIS PASTA SAUCE I DON’T TRUST HIM
    103. She’s telling Leo about the threesome offer I can’t 🙄
    104. Just tell Leo that Finn is your brother OMFG I’m dying here
    105. “Don’t ask me about him” now he’s going to think Finn is your ex forever
    106. “a song about losing your religion played” am I really to believe that teenagers these days do not know the CLASSIC that is Losing My Religion by REM??????? AM I REALLY THAT OLD 😭
    107. “Why was he my Romeo, but I wasn’t his Juliet” YOU KNOW THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END RIGHT
    108. She’s a senior in high school earning $180/week pre-tax and she thinks she’ll have “a small nest egg saved up” by the time she starts college……… I’m officially too old for this book
    109. oh it’s a reference to Normal, Illinois which always makes me think of BEN FOLDS (and now I have Effington stuck in my head)
    110. He texted are you wearing a green dress and a pair of sexy cowboy boots? I wrote back FYI, stalking is a crime in Texas
    111. amazing, if only she were talking to Leo and not her perfectly decent ex
    112. “he’s got big hands. and feet. wonder what else is big” “your mouth” lol
    113. What…….. the fuck…………… so Sebastian’s like “Nora and I have a problem” and Leo’s like I KNEW IT SHE’S PREGNANT WITH YOUR BABY UGH I CAN’T BELIEVE IT I WISH SHE WAS HAVING MY BABY
    114. “I’d realized that she could be mine if I let her; now I knew I’d made a mistake” WHY BECAUSE YOU THINK SHE’S HAVING YOUR BROTHER’S BABY?
    115. “I thought I would die if I never got to kiss her again”
    116. I guess that open-mouthed tango was really something………
    117. he’s picturing Sebastian and Nora having sex right now
    118. I CAN’T
    119. HANDLE
    120. THIS
    121. holy shit that was some kind of scene
    122. “I lifted the table where’d I’d been working and threw it across the room”
    123. ok setting aside the whole “where’d I’d been working” thing, sex should make you happy and relaxed……. not make you throw tables across the room……….
    124. I mean I guess he also just found out about Finn but still……. throwing a table across the room seems excessive
    125. “I thought about […] how I’d misjudged her. How I’d thought she was a spoiled rich girl. I couldn’t have been further from the truth.” I mean, she really is a spoiled rich girl even if bad things have happened to her… it doesn’t make her not spoiled and it doesn’t make her not rich
    126. “because he was my soulmate” seriously Nora you’ve known him for what… a month at this point? calm down with this soulmate nonsense
    127. “You never stop loving someone; you just learn to live without them.” very deep, Nora, good job, but also very false statement
    128. she got LIFE-SIZED ANGEL WINGS tattooed on her back with the phrase “She Flies With Her Own Wings” in the middle I CAN’T, Nora you’re gonna regret that in like five minutes
    129. “It was exotic and perfect.” I DIDN’T KNOW ANGEL WINGS WERE EXOTIC
    130. “Is it true that soulmates always end up together?” stopppppppp with the soulmates already omg
    131. “Sebastian told me she was seeing Drew, and I’d flinched, hating the thought of her with him, telling him about soulmates. I tormented myself with images of them together, sharing epic kisses.” You realize how creepy you sound right now, right?
    132. Leo’s been whining about how much he wants Nora for at least the last 275 pages (I’m on page 276) and yet he just yelled at her to get the fuck out of his bedroom, makes total sense
    133. what….. the fuck……. they were just having a conversation about Nora’s boyfriend and Leo’s girlfriend and now “his hot tongue explored the details of my tongue” 🤢
    134. “he pushed me back against the sturdy bookshelf, picking me up and positioning me so his hips fit into my pelvis” (I feel like there’s a sexier way to say that)
    135. “Make me come, Leo.” you’re in public can you stop
    136. she just walked back upstairs to her boyfriend…. I don’t know what kind of love shape (square? pentagon?? who even knows) this book is but can it stop
    137. I swear to god if Nora and Leo finally get together because her fucking brother tries to rape her again I am going to SCREAM
    138. her brother is literally trying to tie her up right now and she falls to her knees and starts praying….. this girl has not once prayed throughout this entire book…. maybe run instead……
    139. is Nora literally murdering Finn right now
    140. is Leo literally murdering Finn right now
    141. Finn literally just caught on fire and died 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄
    142. SO MANY TYPOS
    143. they finally had sex at 93% and they didn’t even use a condom because they’re DUMB
    144. I’m only half paying attention to this epilogue and I thought this girl just said “Mom, I needed that” in the middle of sex but THANK GOD WHAT SHE ACTUALLY SAID WAS “MMM I NEEDED THAT”
    145. omfg
    146. they’re fucking engaged
    147. SHE’S 19 CALM DOWN
    148. “My tiger. My soulmate.” 🤢
    149. jesus christ it’s not done yet
    150. “first we’d made love on the weight bench, then the butterfly press” ew
    151. “and then on the mats” GET A ROOM
    152. “good thing the cleaning lady came tomorrow” so rude I can’t
    153. are you sure she’s 19? “it’s simply amazing to think of it, to think that I’m nurturing life in my womb”
    154. jesus christ, this was a bad book.

 

I’m being generous with two stars. Not recommended.

#killingthetbr: 11 months on shelf


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