Thanks for tuning in to another edition of my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. I'm tracking my progress on Goodreads, an awesome website that you should definitely check out, and maybe start your own reading challenge!
This was my first foray into the "New Adult" genre, and I'm honestly really disappointed. Sometimes I'd love to read something that's light and enjoyable without being geared toward a high-school aged audience - and that's what I thought I'd be getting with this book. While I do give the author credit for creating a better narrative than your typical Twilight-y novel, I don't think this transcended the teen genre (except perhaps because of the tough subject matter).
I'm just SO over the male romantic leads in this type of book. Age-related issues aside (the female protagonist is 17 and her love interest is 19) he's violent and stalker-y and while he turns out to mostly be a decent guy, I'm just not down with that. About halfway through the book takes a very dramatic turn and suddenly delves into some shockingly dark issues that were a little too carelessly handled for me. I'm not opposed nor unaccustomed to reading about gritty subject matter, but the author just seemed to pile on trauma after trauma in a manner that just didn't fit the fluffy, romantic nature of the first 50% of the novel. I wasn't a fan.