The Literature Hub
Reviewed by Ivy
Author: Beth Reekles
Publisher & Pages: Random House, 440 pages
Audience: Young Adult
SYNOPSIS: Meet Rochelle Evans: pretty, popular--and never been kissed. Meet Noah Flynn: badass, volatile--and a total player. And also Elle's best friend's older brother...
When Elle decides to run a kissing booth for the school's Spring Carnival, she locks lips with Noah and her life is turned upside down. Her head says to keep away, but her heart wants to draw closer--this romance seems far from fairy tale and headed for heartbreak.
Overall Rating: 1 star (1 ½ the max)
The world created is devoid of logic to the point that it is unrealistic. Noah does not get into trouble for his actions. And the rest of the characters in the story don’t care what he does except on the odd occasion Elle mentions how he is an adrenaline junkie.
Basically, the characters don’t react and have no defined characteristics. The descriptions of the characters have been missed. There are numerous faceless people.
Noah was the main character to be described; dark hair, “electric blue” eyes.
Lee was compared to Noah, the comparison of siblings.
I also have no idea what Elle looks like. I do know that she is oblivious to many things happening around her.
Overall, the story had many holes in it and the logic of the world created was dull, (if we’re assuming this story is based on realism). The plot was bland, but I have to give credit for it coming together at the end. The story had potential but was cluttered with unnecessary factors.
The quality of writing was reasonable with simple words and nothing too extravagant. It had meaningless use of brackets, as it could have worked without.
I felt the word and action; ‘smirk,’ was overused. The character Noah seems to continuously smirk.
Noah smirks three times in the same conversation, (p.20-21).
Throughout the story Noah ‘smirks’ every time he is on the scene. But the use of the word eventually dies down towards the end of the story, thankfully.
Despite the repetition of certain action words I found the scene to scene transitions flowed nicely, and the conversations of the characters ran in good sequence. The small talk the characters had were well written, but this happened too frequently that the story was cluttered will unnecessary scenes.
The story started off at a good pace. Elle and Lee, (Elle’s best friend), are organising their kissing booth for the carnival/fundraiser. This kissing booth is what spurs Elle’s secret relationship with Noah into play.
Then for the next 100 pages nothing happens. The plot gets lost, pace slows and petty conversations with mundane life take over. Elle and Noah are stuck in limbo and they barely see each other. Their relationship comes across like a ‘friends with benefits’ relationship.
During this time the narration emphasises on how good looking, violent and what a jerk Noah is. While Elle is the popular, gorgeous, and all the guys want to have her while all the girls are jealous. (p.146-154)
The next movement in the plot is when Elle and Noah have unprotected sex, (p.174), and Elle doesn’t tell Lee. On same morning Elle thinks about breaking it off with Noah but decides not to by convincing herself she isn’t falling for him. This makes me wonder why she’s with him if she has no plans to take it further. This is also controversial to the scene where Elle tells Noah she doesn’t want to be one of his flings.
Another 80 pages later, Lee finds out, (p.253). From this point in time the plot starts up again and the pace gets faster. Elle finally talks about her relationship, and about Noah’s traits. Through the narration Noah doesn’t seem like a great guy, but for some reason Elle stays with him and insists she’s happy with him.
Elle; “He doesn’t exactly have a lot of redeeming qualities.” (p.278)
The last quarter of the story was the most enjoyable and was when everything progressed forward. Everyone finds out Noah and Elle are together, Lee and Elle are back on speaking terms, Noah and Elle confess their love for each other.
At the end we find out Noah got accepted into Harvard. I don’t know how he managed that when he doesn’t study, he bullies people, and his character does not come across as an academic person.
For me to rate this book higher; the characters background information needs more details. The chain reactions of the characters responses and scenes needs to be practical. And the plot could have been bigger, or at least more concentrated.