I guess this is my own fault, because I should know better than to go searching for something in the YA category of substantial depth with decent writing. This was a quickie impulse and I cant bring myself to finish it. The writing is mediocre, the plot is maddeningly predictable, and the angst isn't very convincing. What angers me the most is how flimsy the characters are. The heroine is practically non-existent aside from her run-of-the-mill tortured past, and the main love interest is simply attractive and mysterious. They're paper thin characters that never made it off the page to become more than just words, and the "He's so mysterious, I wonder what he's hiding behind that cloak of mystery" thing is getting old. It doesnt help that everytime Daniel gets around Luce he's absolutley torn between loving her (because she has such a personality!) and doing the right thing (which causes the paper thin angst). The "I cant tell you anything, but look at the sadness in my eyes" bit is played out!! And where do I start with the reform school they are attending? Oh the treacherous reform school with cameras and barbed wire and students who carry pocket knives and permanent markers! Cliche much? I rolled my eyes at the fact that the students rarely go to class, but when Luce slept through an entire morning of her classes I realized I couldnt go on very much further. But I did, and when another student has a car and driver pick Luce up to bring her to a bar, where he hangs out most days, cause, you know, reform schools are cool with that, I put the brakes on this book. I was down with Twilight and knew to take it for what it was, but this is just a sad attempt to cash in on the teen saga mania of today. I actually want my credit back.
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