My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I don’t know if maybe I’m just over the entire new adult genre or what, but I thought this book was terrible. It was free on Amazon and so many of my friends thought it was great, but I hated it.
It started out okay, but the melodrama VERY quickly escalated until it was almost like the whole book was a big joke that I wasn’t in on.
We’ve got Rowen (so tired of these stupid names), the emotionally damaged girl who can’t hide her overwhelming beauty with make-up, hair dye, and black clothing no matter how hard she tries because she’s just so pretty that nothing can stop the gorgeous from shining through.
Rowen has a bad relationship with her mom, she drinks, dabbles in drugs, and is over-sexed. Her mom sends her to a ranch in Montana to prove that she deserves to go to art school despite her bad grades. At the Greyhound station when she arrives, Rowen meets Jesse. Jesse is the most gorgeous adonis of a cowboy to have ever lived. Apparently. The way he is described is like he walked off of the set of gonzo porno film. He’s 19, but all man. Because everyone knows that 19 year old boys are super manly and physically mature. Obviously.
On the car ride to the ranch the author makes it apparent that every single character in this book thinks that are either the second coming of Gandhi, Aristotle, Plato, or some other dead person that people used to quote in their AIM away messages. I don’t know about you, but reading about teenagers waxing poetic about their lives and damages like they have all of the answers makes me want to stab sharp objects in my eyes.
“We all have secrets, Rowen. Every last person on the planet. And you know what else? We all experience the same kinds of things. We just go through them at different times and to different degrees [..] If we just were to accept we’re not so different from each other, we wouldn’t feel so alone.”
STFU Jesse. You’re 19. You don’t know about life.
So Jesse is this perfect looking cowboy who is also perfect in every other way. So of course he inexplicably likes Rowen for no reason. As does the rest of his family and the rest of the town. I guess because this small town in Montana is a haven for superheros whose secret power is to see the “real you” regardless of your bad attitude or the weirdo clothes you wear. That’s the only explanation I can come up with as to why these small town country people seem to like her. They don’t know her, she looks like a criminal, and she has a bad attitude, but they automatically know that deep down she’s a good person. No hate crimes or prejudice in small town Montana! So obviously they have special abilities that the rest of hillbilly America lacks.
Jesse’s exgirlfriend also loves Rowen for no reason. Josie is obviously still in love with Jesse, but wants to be friends with Rowen and isn’t mad when she and Jesse get together.
The rest of Jesse’s family is perfect. Rose seems to have quit her day job as the mom on 7th Heaven to raise a family and work on a ranch. She is inexplicably best friends with Rowen’s god-awful mom though because it’s obvious that Annie Camden likes to run with the wrong crowd sometimes.
The dialogue in this book is ridiculous. I could never say the things these characters say out loud without laughing. If a man said the things Jesse said to Rowen to me, I would have to bite my tongue off to keep from laughing in his face.
Up until about 79%, I would have given this 2 stars, but the last 20% made me want to do this:
The thing with the mom’s boyfriend.. Oh my gawdddd…. To much. I died laughing.
Rowen is suddenly such a great horseback rider after 3 months that she goes on a rescue mission, in the rain, that men who have been riding for 20 years think is too dangerous to attempt.
This book. It was just absurd. I can’t.