My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I am on the fence for how to review this book. It’s one of those books where either you love it or you hate it and in this case I can see both sides of the deal. It’s either a 1 star review of 5 star, so please don’t be all up in arms that I am rating it as a 3.
If this where an adult novel and had more gratuitous sex scenes then I could forgive a lot of the areas of concern. Mostly the areas of concern are that there is a guy who is much older who can control thoughts and is manipulating the situation for a teenager. When you dumb it down to that level it is really kind of hard to forgive this book its faults.
Moving on though. The romance was titillating. This is why I want it to be adult and have more sex in it. You can feel the pull and draw of the situation and are just waiting for it to go over the edge and for them to be fucking up against a wall. Really that is how well done the tension is between Norah and Patch. It is page turning good.
However, her best friend is an idiot, Vee. First she is all like, wow Patch is super HAWT I would so do him. Then it’s like a switch. Patch is dangerous. Stay away from Patch, though in most cases he does give Norah that you are dangerous and I want you but should really stay away from you vibe, he hasn’t really done anything that deserves that bad wrap. Heck he’s there for her when she needs out of a bad situation.
Elliot on the other hand is a douche. He physically assaults Norah and Vee fucking stands up for him. WHAT?!?!?!?!!?!
Sure it gets explain in the end why Vee was all like Patch = Evil! Hellow mind control. But yo, the bitch wasn’t mind controlled to like Elliot and she still stood up for him. Or maybe she was, what with Jules and what we find out about him. Maybe that is just a plot thread we have to assume rather than having it fully resolved.
The redeeming part of all of this is that no matter the level of mind control and the creepiness of it all, when it came time for Patch to get what he wanted, when Norah sacrificed herself for him, he turned it down. And that in itself is redemption. But maybe something that would be better suited towards an older mature audience with more sex scenes. Is it just me who needed some extra resolution on the sex part?
Final thoughts. I would recommend for older YA audiences who understand that real relationships are not based on lies and mind control. As long as they have a solid grasp of that, this is an entertaining titillating read. Also, I probably will be reading the sequels, even though the ending of the first book felt complete enough to just live and let live.