Friday, December 28, 2012



Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
May 17th 2011
Wild Child Publishing
Rating: ❤❤❤

Sadie White's summer job isn't going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother's increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother's job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn't spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn't impressed by Jax's fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationships never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can't breathe without Sadie.

I wish I could say I liked the book more than this because I really love Ms. Glines's books. Her The Vincent Boys series is very fascinating (I still need to read book 2, though.)

This book started out pretty interesting and I did enjoy flying through the pages. Then it felt a bit too sugary sweet and unrealistic to me. I don't want to sound impolite, but Sadie was just so annoying as h*ll. I knew she was supposed to get hurt when Jax ended their short-life romance, but seriously, she should have gotten a grip. Not eating or going out was just too pathetic.

Moreover, why did every guy (yes, every one of them) have to fall for her? Yes, I know she was sweet, pretty and naive (seriously?), but does it have to be every one of them? I cannot remember how many times I asked myself, "Him too?". 

Let's move on to her mother, the character that bugged me even more than Sadie. A grown a** woman who had a 17-year-old daughter should not have acted like that. Got knocked up, walking around in her underwear, whining about everything and her daughter had to buy condoms for her. Are you for real? Here is what pushed me over the edge:

Jessica slept all night, and if I tried to wake her, she burst into tears. When she cried, Sam cried, so I just left her alone.

For those of you who haven't read it yet, Jessica was Sadie's mother and Sam was the newly born baby boy. This was the scene after Jessica gave birth to baby Sam. I assumed Jessica was at least in her late 30 and the fact that she cried when her daughter wanted her to take care of the baby was unbelievable.

Anyway, I am still  going to read book 2, just to find out what else is going to happen.


Libbie Bement said...

I think Jessica's actions before Sam was born bothered me a lot more than the stuff after, because I knew at once she was suffering from severe PPD long before the story confirmed it. I had it to a small degree after my first and, believe me, this is entirely possible and very realistic in some cases.

Mine wasn't even a quarter this bad, and I was starting to look for adoption agencies because I couldn't handle even seeing my son. I was married, and my mother was with us...but the logical (to my mind) idea was putting him up for adoption.

Not trying to change your mind, but just a little insight into Jessica in that part of the story. Overall, I did think it was overly sweet at times, overly emo at others, and Sadie did have a little trace of Mary Sue in her, too. I think I just loved the hospital scene so much, I made a few allowances.

Gisbelle said...

Thanks for explaining. Yeah, maybe because of the stress or PPD. I just thought Jessica was a bit irresponsible and immature. But I totally understand now, like you said :)

Libbie Bement said...

Oh she was *totally* irresponsible and a complete beyotch to boot before Sam was born. Dude, I wanted to reach into my Kindle and smack her upside the head with a clue by four.

Gisbelle said...

Haha.. That makes two of us. :D

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