Sometimes, despite my better judgment, I give a series or a writer a chance. I did that with these books, and I enjoyed the first book. The second book was not so lucky. It was still better than a lot of books out there, but it still had some serious issues that I found a bit less bearable this time around.
The grammatical errors were obviously evident in this book as well. Actually, they seemed more apparent in this one, which made the quality of this book feel even more diminished. I wish that the book had been better edited. Maybe if it had been, I would have had a more positive outlook on this book. Then again, maybe I wouldn’t have.
Wilder chose another pair of broken people. Actually, in some ways, this pair seemed more broken than Colton and Nell. Maybe that was due to the fact that not only did they go through the loss of Kyle, followed by the “breakdown” of Nell, and then the miscarriage that she suffered, they went through their own personal dramas. There was so much drama going on in this book that I felt like I was watching an episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager or One Tree Hill. I know that life can be dramatic, but this was excessive.
While Becca and Jason were pretty likable, I didn’t like all the drama-llamaing. They were not realistic at all. Yes, some parents can be overbearing. Yes, some can be abusive. Yes, some can be either of these things because they had another child who was out of control or because they are disappointed with their own perceived personal failures, but it is just too much to have a girl, who stutters and has overbearing, overprotective parents who are so overbearing and overprotective because her older brother was a pain in the ass due to his bipolar disorder that he refuses to take medication for and uses drugs to medicate with, fall in love with a boy, who just so happens to be the best player of his football position not just in the state but nationwide throughout high school and college and who is so good because his father beats the crap out of him no matter what but gets away with it because he happens to be an uber-powerful chief of police in some podunk town in Michigan. Was that sentence too much for anyone to follow? Well, maybe that’s a good thing because that gives you a good idea what the story is like. It gets even more dramatic as it goes along, and just like the previous book, the ending seems to come out of nowhere.
This book had the same issue of having the chapters that were way too long and that were tiring to read. Actually because this book seemed even more dramatic, those chapters seemed even more tiring to read. Unfortunately, that made me dread reading the book. Anytime that I dread reading a book, even if the content should be something I appreciate or want to appreciate, you can bet that I will not be feeling very warm and fuzzy to the book. That being said, it should not be surprising that I felt like this book was not enjoyable and I actually felt like the quality of this story was more punitive to the reader than anything else. The only thing I felt, other than the whole tired thing, after I finished reading this book, was that Wilder needs to get some professional help because the way that she treats these characters is completely sadistic. I worry about any future fictional characters that she might write about because it is clear that she enjoys to torture her fictional creations, which tortures her readers…and as masochistic as some of us might be, I would hope that most people are not that masochistic.
I cannot see myself recommending this book to anyone. If you enjoyed the first novel in the series, then I can’t promise you will like this one. I certainly didn’t. I’m going to be generous and give this book two stars instead of one.