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I have listened to books by Ms Corgan before and thoroughly enjoyed them. This one was not enjoyable and I could not get past the first hour.
I find the messages this story sends to be very disturbing. A girl who has had a rough go of it as a child due to family and home circumstances. People look down on her and make fun of her. She gets her heart broken by a boy she thinks likes her. She overhears something that makes her rethink this. She changes her life for the better but seems to become very ugly and bitter in the inside. She becomes petty, shallow, and does something downright dangerous to the person she feels wronged her.
I just could not continue listening so I am not even sure where the story goes from there, but from other reviews it seems to be more of the same.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.
This isn't the kind of book I expect from Sky Corgan, it's possible that book 2 resolves what I didn't like about this book but I'm unlikely to read book 2.
I really didn't like Willow, the blurb described her as quirky but I thought of her as a bit deranged. Her emotions are all over the shop and so do her moods, there doesn't seem to be any middle ground with her. Her logic is also massively lacking, she can't tell that someone isn't interested in her 'perpetual optimism' comes across as delusional. Her reasons behind choosing Peter as her love interest is cold and show her as a shallow person and her decision to change herself into what he wants is short sighted and stupid.
I like Caleb, he comes across as a genuinely nice person who's just trying to help Willow out to make up for unintentionally hurting her feelings years ago. Although why he continues putting up with her escapes me, she's either mean or using him.
Peter just comes across as an oblivious arse, I do not see what Willow see's in him and the way he treats people is pretty awful.
The writing is the only redeeming part of the story, it is well written I just really didn't like the characters or plot.
The narrator did a good job, the character voices are well done and the delivery is well paced.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.
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