(Author: Casey Peeler) + (Year: 2015) + (Goodreads)
Actual rating: 1.5.
It’s obvious from the start that this book is inspired by personal feelings and the most touching thing about it is the author’s note after the end of the book.
The best thing in the entire book is Raegan’s relationship with her grandfather. It’s really touching and sweet and I felt really sad about the old man, and about the fact that Raegan has a really bad luck when it comes to family.
This is where the good things about this book end.
Welcome to The Vampire Diaries, as written by Nicholas Sparks. Without the vampires. And the diaries. But with one
Elena Gilbert Raegan, who lost all of her family, but nevertheless, she is a perfect little snowflake, she is super smart, head cheerleader, popular, kind, nice, sweet, sexy, long dark hair, long tanned legs, wanted by everyone, especially by Matt Jace Wayland the quarterback. But then a blond hot guy called Stefan Emmett Cullen comes to town and turns her world upside down and they fall in love and blah–blah-blah.
1. The writing: Lacking creativity and originality, highly repetitive. The characters speak in the Southern twang and it’s unbelievably annoying. You realize that speaking in a dialect of any sort is not congratulatory, right? I know that many people cannot help themselves, but is it necessary to use the same language in literature?
– use of “pawpaw” and “mawmaw”
– Oh Gosh! x 13 in the last 10 chapters(and by chapter you can have lengths varying between half a page and 7 pages)
– Ohmygosh! x 9 in the same interval
AND MOST IMPORTANT:
“When Grandaddy buckles me in, he gives me a quick kiss on the top of my head. “I love you, Grandaddy.”
“I love you too, Sunshine. We’re gonna get through this – me and you.” I nod with a smile.”
WHO WRITES LIKE THIS? When I first read it, I was under the impression that the grandfather, after kissing the top of her head, tells her “I love you, Grandaddy.”, which is highly strange. After reading a couple of hundred of books in my life, I was under the impression that you either mention who’s speaking, or you attribute the words to the last person who does something, his words an extension of sorts of his actions. Never have I ever read a book which confused me so much as to who is speaking. This is only one instance that I took notes of because in two consecutive sentences you can be confused about the speaker. But Peeler does this non-stop. Like, “They walk in. “Hey!” Who’s “hey”-ing whom? What???
2. Romance: or the lack of it. No matter how traumatized a child you are, you cannot fall in love at the age of 5 and stay in love until you are in your mid- or late teens.
Not to mention that the night after their first date, “Em”(barf right here) “feels her[Raegan’s] pain in his soul”. If you say so. Spell me b-u-l-l-s-h-i-t. Especially considering that most of the time he is only thinking about how hot she is and trying really hard not to get a boner.
3. Raegan: INTOLERABLE. Everyone is in love with her – boys, girls, old ladies, Sparky the dog and even the chickens in the farm. The only SAT words that the author knows are used to make Raegan appear super special and lovely and beautiful, and yeah, we went through this already, but come on, she is just so good, and nice, and kind, and sweet, and caring, always has a moment for everyone, no matter how popular or unpopular they are at school. Not to mention that one time she saved that village in Cambodia from starvation. Oh, wait. That didn’t happen. Just like there is never any prove of anything, aside from the fact that she REALLY, I mean, REALLY puts her “Grandaddy” before everyone. She is described as incredibly smart, although there is not one instance where she appears more than ordinarily smart in any way. And not to mention that when she’s not worried about her grandfather, she is mostly super in love and/or horny, and has long inner monologues on how much she wants Emmett to be sitting between her legs.
And, of course, bad things just keep on happening to her, because… well… well… you need like to pity her and stuff and she has to be like a super victim and whatnot.