Author: Tracey MartinISBN: 1459254740
Release Date: December 1st 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Book Source: NetGalley
The main reason I chose to read this book was reading the line where it said it was a retelling of Jane Austen's 'Persuasion'. I am a huge fan of that book. I only ever read two books by her, but this one was quite good.
This book is about Claire who happens to dump her boyfriend Jared because her mother didn't approve. Since her mother was dying from Cancer and they had a strained relationship at best, she broke it off with him. Jared, heartbroken and upset, proceeds to write his most inspired work to date, which is basically publicly venting about the breakup. Becoming famous, Claire, heartbroken, with a broken family, no college money and being famous as the bitchy ex of Jared Steele is not having a great summer. Sure, only a handful of people know that she's the one from the Jared Steele songs, but that didn't help her feeling any better. She decides working in the summer is a start to gaining some control in her life, until, guess who shows up and makes things a little too difficult?
First of all, I'm disappointed I didn't get to read the lyrics of some of the songs written by both Jared and Claire, I did enjoy the ones that were there though. Okay, now let's get down to business. Does this book have an incredible cover, a cool title, an intriguing synopsis, and a hooking premise? Yes, yes it does.
Does this book book have well developed characters? For the most part. Claire's family was really underdeveloped especially her parents, they didn't feel human to me, just the ultimate scapegoats to all that's wrong in her life. Her cousins and sister were no better. Though it did feel like her sister's character had had a dramatic change all of a sudden that I didn't feel was exactly well led into. The only full insight you get is onto Claire herself and her personal growth throughout the novel. The problem is, I wasn't really fond of the way she dealt with things, and the portrayal of her as a strong go getter was just up and down for the most part. She let's things slide that she shouldn't, she isn't quite confrontational, at least, not on the things that had bugged me or in the right way.
Plus, your cousin is interested in a guy that you don't think is exactly nice to his girlfriends, you warn her, you don't secretly hate her for not having your back once she meets your ex, especially when you refuse to tell her you went out with the guy. But all of that doesn't necessarily mean Claire's character was badly written, many people would still love the portrayal of the character despite all I said. Frankly, it might be just me that this didn't sit well with.
That being said, the story itself was new, it was well written, I enjoyed Tracey's writing, and it was a very quick read. I think it would be mostly suited for a summer afternoon lounging in the sun, considering the protagonist was on vacation. Sort of.