REVIEW: PRUDE

Rebecca Washington is a girl in control. Well, at least when it comes to acing her college classes. The rest of the time, she seems to be at the mercy of everyone else. Like when she’s dumped in front of her peers, hit on right afterwards by a jerk for some stupid bet, and then paired up with the same jerk for a lit project.

In order to maintain her perfect GPA, Rebecca will need to give a stellar presentation while ignoring the prodding eyes that will be staring at her. When her partner, Derek, starts to ease her fears of public speaking with his laid back attitude, she’s forced to confront her new feelings about him and his charming smile. Rebecca knows falling for a guy who teases her for being a prudish nerd can only end badly, but what if it’s just another thing out of her control?

Published: September 12, 2016

Genre: New Adult/Academic/College/Coming of Age/Young Adult

Series: Labeled #1

Source: Goodreads

Thoughts: Long Review –* ARC in exchange for an honest review 

I’m not sure whether I find this book cute or droll and annoying. I enjoyed the premise of the story, but the writing could have used some improvement. Honestly, if the author articulated Rebecca’s thoughts and feelings a bit better, this would make a pretty cute and enjoyable read.

I think the age of tinder, bumble and every other dating site has corrupted us. Here I am, reading a perfectly “nice” book where the character is innocent in body (virgin). She’s guarded, shy, enjoys lists and rules, is extremely neurotic, and to top it off socially inept. Her reactions to never having been on a first date despite being dumped publicly by her first boyfriend, and nearly being kissed has me rolling me eyes. And why? Before technology had advanced this far, I’m sure we were all her, a little innocent of the ways of the world even at 20. But she isn’t in the 80s or 90s, Rebecca is clearly in this time period and while I should have found her naiveté refreshing I found it annoying, and that is largely due to the writing.

With the exception of Rebecca, this and Rebecca that, instead of proper pronouns being used when they should have (I ended up mentally inserting, ‘she’ and ‘her’ at the proper times), Rebecca, (snicker) was quirky and neurotic ways were charming, sometimes.

The biggest question, the title of the book PRUDE, is she a prude or innocent? Let’s make a list! Rebecca loves lists.

  • She doesn’t swear
  • She thinks you smoke speed
  • Never been on a first date
  • Doesn’t like country fairs – has to be bribed to eat a funnel cake and ride a ferris wheel
  • Didn’t want to hold hands or engage in any act of intimacy with her first boyfriend, yet she was in love
  • shy and anxious to an extreme of over-thinking and embarrassing ramblings
  • Playing scrabble as a date is fun and intellectual instead of boring
  • She’s waiting until she knows she loves the person she’s with before having sex
  • Still sleeps with and prefers to cuddle with Sir Cuddles than an actual human being
  • Most intimate conversation with her mother revolves the weather

Which camp are you in? Prude or innocent?


Now, Rebecca has been told that she’s boring by her first boyfriend

“We were dating for six months, Rebecca,” Sean stated, “and they were the most boring six months of my life.”

And again by Derek, the new love interest,

“You’re boring, cowardly, stubborn, and you have this annoying habit of clicking your pen incessantly while you think. In theory, you’re not my type. You’re shy, completely unaware of your beauty and charm, and you think love is this robotic routine.”

Rebecca herself even says this,
“I’m bored”

And Derek’s response, ” About time,”…”I was hoping I could bore you into realizing that, in reality, you should want to do stuff with people. Not because the other person is terrible to be around and you need a distraction, but because you want to share experiences with them.”

I spy a recurring theme. Is she actually boring or just prudish?


Best Line: Rebecca and Derek are finally having sex, his dick springs free and her thought process, “Was he afraid she’d be bad at it? She’d eaten enough popsicles and lollipops during her childhood, so she was actually pretty confident that she’d be able to figure it out rather quickly.”

There is so much wrong with this book and so much right, I wish I could have shared them all with you, while it had its cute moments, I was more annoyed by the writing style and the sometimes unrealistic naiveté of the MC Rebecca.

2.5 Stars

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REVIEW: Present Perfect (Perfect #1)

I’ve been unsure about many things in my life except for one thing, that I have always loved him. Every single minute of every single day that I have been on this earth, my heart has belonged to him. It has never been a question, never a doubt. The love had taken on many different forms over the years, but it had always been a constant.

Everyone has their definition of love. There have been countless songs sung about it. A gazillion books, articles, and poems written about it. There are experts on love who will tell you how to get it, keep it, and get over it.

We’re led to believe love is complicated. It’s not the love that’s complicated. It’s all the crap that we attach to it and put in front of it that makes it difficult. If you’re smart, you’ll realize this before it’s too late and simplify.

Amanda Kelly spent her entire life trying to control every aspect of it, while striving for perfection. Her obsession with being perfect, along with her feelings of worthlessness, consumed her. The one thing she thought was perfect in her life was the bond she shared with her best friend, Noah.

Everything was going according to her life plan until she woke up one day and realized she had fallen in love with him. The one thing she couldn’t control was the affect he had on her. Noah had the power to give her one hundred lifetimes of happiness, which also gave him the power to completely devastate her. He was the one thing in her life that was perfect, but she couldn’t allow herself to have him.

Her life begins to unravel. Events take over and force her to let go of her dreams and desires. She needs to realize that a person cannot control the events in their life, only their reaction to them…but will it be too late for her to save her relationship with her best friend?

Present Perfect is a story of how past events have present consequences and how perfect your present could be if you stopped fighting and just allowed it to happen.

Published: August 1, 2013

Series:  Perfect #1

Genre: New Adult/Contemporary/Romance/Young Adult

Source: Goodreads

Review: 

I didn’t and still don’t understand the premise of this book. I think her rationalizations for not being with Noah were incredibly stupid and immature. I don’t understand the full extent of her lack of self-esteem.

So much happened here. I can’t say more for fear of spoiling something.

No matter my frustrations with Tweet at the beginning and to be honest, throughout most of the book, I couldn’t put it down if I wanted to. If I had known picking it up that it was going to be such an emotionally charged read I would have waited, instead I devoured it in hours, taking up valuable sleeping time (nothing new) and became so invested I couldn’t get down from my adrenaline high.

Well written and romantically, heartbreakingly, realistically put, it captured the essence of loving your best friend, wanting what’s best and feeling like you don’t measure up.

 

Last Line: He placed his hand on my shoulder in comfort and said, “Becca killed herself last night.”

“Fuck me.”

 

5+ Stars

Definite must read