I really enjoyed this book. Usually when I download from audible I read the amazon reviews but not this time as I was in a hurry. The details about life in Japan fascinated me as did the complexities of the characters. Still, I was utterly caught off-guard by the love story. I didn't expect it and was happily surprised that this book doesn't follow a "Cinderella" format. The narrator's voice and characterizations were very pleasing and appropriate. I did struggle at first with this grandmotherly-sounding person talking so vividly about sex but my apprehensions didn't last long. I wouldn't call this book "lovely" but it was - strong.
Probably not. It's definitely not credit-worthy. I just can't get past Dani's age and maturity level.
I loved the transformation of Mac from Rainbow Girl to badass. Dani is also transforming in this book but come on KMM! 14? What are you thinking? The book would have been so much better if Dani were an adult and could navigate all these relationships with more maturity. Instead it just feels pervy, flippant, and silly. Dani is a likable character but the book could have been so much better if we could watch her grow into a strong, self-assured woman instead of going from a kid to an older and smarter kid. Furthermore, I just can't see the point in all the sexual tension surrounding grown men and a 14 year old. That's just not okay and doesn't serve the story in any way. I knew that Dani would be 14 when I spent my credit, but I had more faith in KMM to make her age important to the plot than was warranted. Dani could have been 20 or even 30 and the plot wouldn't have changed a bit but the book would have been so much better. The character would have been so much more compelling if she were older.
Instead, the book feels like you are in a constant cloud of 14 year old hormones. And just in case we don't notice, Dani keeps reminding us over and over again that she is 14 ("Dude. I'm 14!") and that her body is going through weird changes. I think KMM is trying too hard and maybe a little too full of her own success with the Fever series to do this series any justice. I follow her on Facebook and she is different from the other authors I follow in that she projects a massive ego. I think maybe that got in the way of telling Dani's story well. This book is a let down when compared to the excellent Fever series.
Is that woman's accent real? She sounds like a Southerner trying to have an Irish accent.
I will read the next book in hopes of a redemption from this monstrous three-headed toad of a story but if it stills feels like reading a faster paced teen-angst ridden Twilight I will not read any further into the series. And I will probably check the next one out at the library. This wasn't a credit-worthy book and I am not wasting another credit on anything by KMM.
I really enjoyed this book but when I got the the end I thought, "hmmm...the author must have run out of both printer ink and paper". It just ended abruptly and it felt like there was still so much more to know. Still, it's a great story and worth a listen.
I really enjoyed this story and have now listened to all that audible has to offer in the series. But more than that, I could listen to this narrator read the manual on my dishwasher.
I grew up in Mississippi, near Ole Miss and lived there until I moved to Boston for grad school. This book totally captures my Mississippi, good and bad. I was thankful that the author didn't try to get into the political aspects that everyone knows, but instead chose to focus on the everyday life of people. That's what matters most to me. We often forget that the world stage is being supported by little bitty me's and you's. I loved this book and the narration was spot on.
First of all the back story is incredibly interesting and imaginative but the characters were so flat and irritating. I had no sympathy for any of them and that perturbs me. I like a good story where I can latch on the one character, at least. I wish that the author had humanized them a bit more. I mean, it seemed that there was an attempt to humanize them but there is more to a human being than their flaws. Flaws and deep depression are all you get with these characters.
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