I started this book with pretty high hopes, and the first 30% probably lived up to my expectations, but then it just went downhill from there.
First of all, Jackie is a pretentious brat who thinks she's too good for her boots. I think her "city slicker" thing she had going on was supposed to be cute? but after a while it just became ridiculous. Apart from her personality, I really did not like her simply for the stupid decisions she made! First of all her whole family dies and she moves in with her Godmother and her 11 sons and daughter. As soon as she meets them they all hate her, then next minute she's going back and forth between the two older ones. What?!?! And you would think the parents had something to say about that, but no? The mother even made a mural for Jackie and PUT HER IN BETWEEN THE TWO BOYS. I CANNOT. WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL?!? So needless to say, I didn't like the romance. She literally went back and forth between these two guys about 5 times (no exaggeration), the boys would fight over her (literally, punch each other), they would make crude remarks (in front of the parents?!) and they were so damn temperamental I have no idea what she saw in either of them!!
Apart from the romance aspect, I also felt like any issues that arose were never solved. Or if they were it was only just briefly touched upon. For example, the whole thing with Parker was never resolved. Other parts of the story would just randomly changed? For example, there was a scene where they are in the hospital and one of the bothers tells Jackie to go away because she's not family, so she goes to the oldest brother's house and tells him she couldn't be there because it reminded her of her family? Fair enough but that wasn't even mentioned. She literally left only because she was told to?
The more I think about this book, the more I can find wrong with it. I don't really want to get into everything wrong about this book because the review will be way too long, so I'll link some reviews down below that pretty much cover everything (and are pretty entertaining).
So even though I have more bad to say than good while I was reading it, I was enjoying it even though it was frustrating. It was a very quick read and while it was in no way a reflection of reality (and a lot of eye-rolling took place while reading), it was entertaining for the most part. It's definitely not one I would read again, but I don't regret reading it. If you're a younger reader, or you are just looking for something where you don't have to really pay attention then you could give this a go but there are definitely much better books out there.
Would I recommend? Maybe
If you liked... I really cannot think of a book similar to this
Overall rating: 3/5
Links to other reviews:
The Starry-Eyed Revue's Review
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: March 2014
Format: eBook, 368 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
Acquired from: iBooks
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