by Cassie Shine
Release date: Nov 5th 2013
How I got it - Review copy from Netgalley
In just a few months Harp Evans will be officially coming of age and graduating from high school. She will be free from the mother that never wanted her, the house that never felt like home, and the disappointment of the last seventeen years. What she doesn’t know is that her mother has been holding onto a secret that has the potential to derail her dreams and destroy her already faulty sense of self.
A self-proclaimed recluse, Harp spends most of her time practicing the cello, in the hopes of earning a full scholarship that will grant her freedom, but will also send her away from her best friend Connor Williams, who is becoming more than just a friend.
As revelations are made, will Harp still feel the same way about leaving everyone that cares about her behind? Or will she continue to pursue the life she’s been dreaming of, for as long as she can remember?
I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 2 Stars - I didn't like it.
I'm going to keep this review short and none so sweet. I think that this is just a major case of not my cup of tea. The main character annoyed me, I didn't really like the love interest, some aspects of the story just made me uncomfortable and I just couldn't enjoy it. The story flip flopped around, much like the main character and there was just so much going on, too much I think. We already had the abusive mother but then you have to go and pretty much every guy the main character meets besides her best friends is inappropriately hitting on and touching her and that really annoyed me.
This book deals with some heavy subjects rape, mental and physical abuse and while it doesn't do a bad job of it I just didn't like it, I guess mainly because I don't like reading about these things, books dealing with death and other issues sure but rape and abuse not so much.
More than anything it was Harp that annoyed me. She starts off as this strong independent person, she's been through so much but has survived all on her own and has a plan for a better life, but she quickly became naive and immature and I just did not like or understand her.
Again I think this is a not my cup of tea thing, there's lots of talk and actual abuse and people calling Harp a whore and I just couldn't bring myself to like the book or Harp, I mean just when I would start to like it something new would happen to make me completely annoyed again. Honestly the only reason I finished the book was because despite not liking Harp I wanted to see her get her shite together and hopefully end up happy and I'm still not sure how a feel about the ending anyways.
Would I Recommend This? Yes if you like this type of contemporary then read the book.
Will I read more from this author? Maybe.
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