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No, no, NO. This was supposed to be a Triple Win for me.
There are two Sloane Jacobs. One of them is an ice-skater...
The other one plays hockey...
They are unhappy with their lives and when they meet, decide to do a Parent Trap/The Pauper and The Prince thing.
Starts OK, but when they meet, they have like, zero bonding. They do not even like each other, but still, they decided to carry on with the plan. I don't claim to be an expert about ice-skating and hockey, but how realistic is for a hockey player to do a pair skating performance after 4 weeks? I can forgive an ice-skater to play hockey, but a hockey player to do well in ice-skating?? Not because she can skate it means she do figure skating! The hockey-Sloane was big and graceless. And she won 2nd place at the end? Say what?
The story was sooo juvenile, I wasn't expecting it from looking at the cover (covers can be deceitful, I know). Both of them find a Mean Girl in their camp; one of them (Ivy, the ice-skater) was soo 2-dimensional. She even says that "pink is her color". What. So both Sloane, to prove they are strong, take revenge of the Mean Girls. In such an immature way. Pranks I expect from, I don't know, maybe 12-years-old boys.
Their respective love interest were sooo boring. Both of them "soooo good looking". I had an instant dislike with one of them, when the author described him as looking like a Bieber. Yuck. And towards the end, when each of the boys find out that his girl was lying to him, it was all "what? you are lying to me? so that kiss was all a lie?", and each girl was "nooo, please listen to me, let me explain" with tears down the cheeks. Oh my, what a cliche soap opera.
I didn't like this book. Predictable with unlikable characters. I started skimming when they girls were exposed. I barely read their "excellent" performances, which was soooo unrealistic. The hockey-player winning a 2nd place in pair figure skating... ha!
Let me start by saying that by no means is this a "bad" book, I just thought it would be more "adult" than what it is. Even though these charters are 20ish years old, I really think I will appeal to a young adult audience.
I liked Jane, the main character. She seems to be a well rounded, moral person. She does tend to sacrifice her own best interest for that of others. The male love interest, Colt (I think that is his name), was slightly boring for me, but like the book itself, I think a younger audience will have a different opinion of him. He seemed too one dimensional, and young (there is that word again).
Where i was most disappointed was with the romance. This is cleanish, so no dirty sex scenes. Their love was way too quick developing, no chemistry, no build up, it was just instantaneous. Hey, your pretty I love you type of love.
What saved this for me? Well, after all I mentioned, I still have a need to know what happens next, and will at some point continue this series to find out. If I were a younger (that word!) person, I would probably would have given this 4 1/2 stars.
I recieved an electronic copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I feel this book isn't a fast reading like Insurgent.
Maybe is because of this whole new information about Tris family and the past events in the world, or the emotional burden of having two points of view.
I like the idea of the two point of view, because it gives us a complete picture of what is happening, which was very useful, because with the communication problems that Tris and Tobias have throughout the book we would have missed a large part of the story.
( XD hahaha)
Talking about Tris, I feel like his character could have developed more, she is like paralyzed... I don't know if it is for the change that she have in the first two books that I could not notice anything new about her way of thinking. And this for my, make her a little bit predictable.
Tobias well... he has a internal fight for his genes, and because of that in the end he completely changed.
In the end I felt a little disappointed, it wasn't the end I was expecting. :/
I understand why some reviewers are offended, I get it. On the other hand, this is fiction. It is a light novel. Fiction is, of course, based on non-fiction, but it amazes me the amount of people nowadays that get offended by anything related race, gender, sexuality. No one can write, have an opinion or just write a silly book (a book intended to entertain) without someone getting upset. While I was reading it (or while I am reading anything that involved these taboo topics) I read it with the intention to enjoy and be entertained, and not over-analyzed everything (mind you, not always. There are some occasions when one HAS to analyzed SOMETHING).
Anyway, I liked this book for what it was, a YA about a gay young man in his final year at high school, and struggling to come out to his best friend, also first love. Taking aside the romance, it was good. Nothing angsty, just a chapter in a student's life, having classes, hanging out with his friends, taking care of the school's newspaper, meeting new friends (also in the closet... sort of).
As for the romance... it was MEH. It would have been better if Jamie and Mason haven't been friends since children. They did not seem that close. And for Jamie, it was a case of "huh, Mason is cute.. looks like Darren Criss", followed by "Ok, I shouldn't think my BFF is cute, but HE IS. He is EXACTLY like Darren Criss", followed by "eh? I have a crush on him, my own Darren Criss", followed by, "I love him". Like, in a chapter. (And really, it is kind of hard to NOT imagine Mason as Darren Criss... the author insisted that Mason looked like Darren).
The girls shipping for their classmates was weird. As in, do girls in real life ship for real life people? As in, making doujinshi of them? Of her friend and his friend?? I am not talking about idols and actors, but of close friends. Classmates. Girls imagining and creating stories of their classmates in romantic situations... weird. And awkward.
There isn't really much art in the book. Better said, it lacks art (there is one DJ... and two weird drawings of Mason and Jamie), and it lacks music (Jamie is supposed to be part of the school band, but he plays the trumpet only at the end of the book. Wouldn't it have been better if there was more about the band? Or if Jamie was more nerd? But wait, he was popular, played sport, was part of the band, of the newspaper... too bad the author did not focus on one extracurricular activity only, and wrote more about it, instead of making it all superficially).
The conclusion to Jamie's problems was a total "what? that's it??". For almost all the book he is having these inner conflicts to come out to Mason, fearing that he will lose his friend in the process. And it turns out to be all for nothing. It was really silly.
Two things that stood out for me, and that distracted me from the story:
- Eating habits in the life of an American teenager: specially if his/her parents work full time or if the student eats at school. All based on pizza, fries, soda, burgers...
- Girls shipping for Remus/Sirius (eww) and for Spike/Angel (double eww).