Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: Kirsty Moseley
Publisher & Pages: Self-published, 274 pages
Audience: Young Adult
Blurb: Amber Walker and her older brother, Jake, have an abusive father. One night her brother's best friend, Liam, sees her crying and climbs through her bedroom window to comfort her. That one action sparks a love/hate relationship that spans over the next eight years.
Liam is now a confident, flirty player who has never had a girlfriend before. Amber is still emotionally scarred from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. Together they make an unlikely pair.
Their relationship has always been a rocky one, but what happens when Amber starts to view her brother's best friend a little differently? And how will her brother, who has always been a little overprotective, react when he finds out that the pair are growing closer? Find out in The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window.
Highlight: The romance was the only redeeming feature of the story.
Caution: This book should have stayed exclusively on Wattpad.
Highlight: It did have a positive theme that if you work hard enough, you can change your life.
Caution: It’s cheesy, cliché, and crap.
Review: Back when I was on Wattpad, I was a huge fan of The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window. But I was a teenager then, and I’m not now. Now, I have a better understanding of what a good book is.
This is NOT a good book.
Sure, it had promise. I mean, it had multi-millions of ‘reads’ on Wattpad. Unfortunately, the popularity of a book on Wattpad doesn’t always translate into the real world. Wattpad is full of amateur writers. The real world is full of publishable ones. This is not a publishable one.
Don’t get me wrong, the formatting and the proofreading is great. The pages look good with all of their fancy details, and I can’t fault the technical aspects of the book.
But what I can fault is the story itself.
What makes a cliché YA story? The main character has a troubled (often abusive) past. They always have perfect grades, great friends, they’re gorgeous, and they surround themselves with gorgeous people. And almost always, they feature a teenage pregnancy (at least on Wattpad they do anyway).
TBWSIMBW has all of that. It also has cheesy and unenjoyable descriptions: “He was a cute kid, with blond hair and grey eyes with brown flecks in them.”
Boring, am I right? And that’s in the first chapter!
I have no doubts that a 14 year old girl would love this book (unless she has taste, in which case she probably won’t like this book at all). The whole plot is basically the perfect but abused girl with the perfect friends and perfect grades gets the perfect boyfriend. Every teenage girl’s fantasy. But really, all I could think was…*snore*.
TBWSIMBW really did have promise. There was a theme that despite your past, you can overcome it to create a better life for yourself. I just think it wasn’t portrayed very well. The story was more about the evolving relationship between Amber and her older brother’s best friend, which in itself was sort of sweet and made me go aaaw sometimes. But it was the only redeeming feature of the story. I understand that romance books are supposed to be all about the romance, but it was as if the author didn’t really care about the other aspects of the story. It could have been written so much better.
Part of me wishes I could go back to being 16 so I could review TBWSIMBW in a more positive light. I enjoyed it when I first read it. Unfortunately, when I began reading it again, I couldn’t make it through the first chapter. After reading so many better books, TBWSIMBW was such a disappointment. I couldn’t bring myself to re-read it. If I had tried, I feel as if it would have killed my passion for reading.
Star Rating: 1 ½ stars
Available in: Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
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