Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Review of Cross My Heart by Katie Klein

3 stars

True love can blossom in unexpected places. This is Jaden pretending not to notice. . . .

Jaden McEntyre and Parker Whalen are a wrong fit from the start. Jaden is driven and focused, Harvard Med School within reach. Parker has a past—a reputation—and the rumors about his mysterious habits abound. So there’s no reason why, when they're assigned to work together on a project in English, they should discover they have anything in common, or even like each other, and they definitely shouldn't be falling in love.

As they bond over Edith Wharton’s tragic novella, Ethan Frome, the “bad boy” vibe Parker plays begins to dissipate. Soon, Jaden finds herself shedding her own “good girl” image: sneaking around to be with him, confiding in him, and ultimately falling hard for this leather-wearing, motorcycle-driving loner who plays into the rebel stereotype.

Still, Jaden can't shake the feeling that there's more to Parker than he's letting on. He's hiding something from her, and discovering the truth means reconciling the Parker she's grown to love with the person he really is. Because it's possible that his life inside the classroom—everything Jaden knows—is one, massive lie.
*blurb from Goodreads


It wasn't bad but I wasn't satisfied either.

The author said in an interview she decided later what would be Parker's secret and it shows. The ending is underdeveloped and it doesn't make any sense. It kinda ruined the rest of the story for me, which was sweet if what cliche. Props to the writer for taking a classic book I didn't know yet, instead of Romeo and Juliet, The Scarlet Letter or Wuthering Heights which are usually used.

What bothered me for example was (spoiler!) Parker who was supposed to be an undercover cop who scouts high school for drugs. So how does he go about that? Does he try to mingle with the students? He doesn't. He acts like an arrogant and unsocial bastard. He doesn't socialize and just sits there for a year and does nothing besides getting good grades. Just because he rides a motorcycle and is wearing a leather jacket doesn't mean the drug dealers will come running to him!!!(end spoiler)

It just didn't make any sense and it pissed me off. I understand it's fiction but that doesn't mean rational thought and common sense are excluded. Also I read it on kindle and the editing was just bad.

As far as self-published books go, this one wasn't bad and if you can't care if stories are logical, you're in for a good read.

For a nice Good Girl/Bad Boy story I would recommend Perfect Chemisty by Simone Elkeles.

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