“Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him-at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.
Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl-she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again.”
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
So this book didn’t really click with me. I have seen it a few times and I was initially drawn to the cover and when I had read the blurb I was intrigued and since I have a kindle, it only cost me 98p so I couldn’t really go wrong. However, the story wasn’t what I expected it to be. I expected there to be a bigger revelation as to why Grace was the way she was and although there was something unexpected I found it slightly underwhelming. I also thought the story was slightly rushed, like it could have been drawn out a bit rather than it all happening at once. The thing is though that the book did have potential to be good as it could be funny at times and I did like the group dynamics at times.
Another thing that really irritated me about this book was the characters. I hated both Henry and Grace. Henry was super annoying and clingy and needy where Grace was concerned and some of the things really pissed me off. He just had this unnecessary infatuation with Grace and it was just too much at times. However, Grace was no better. She basically allowed him to be obsessed with her and made Henry think that the feeling was mutual even though she knew it wasn’t what she wanted. The whole thing of her only being able to truly love him or whatever when she was drunk was also a point of contention for me. Although Henry was obsessed with her, she fed into it. I definitely wasn’t sad when this book ended. However, I am not the kind of person to berate a book without giving people a chance to read it and form an opinion themselves so I would suggest you read it anyway so you can decide for yourself.
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