Title: The Boy From The Woods
Author: Jen Minkman
Publisher: Storm Publishers
Publication date: Dec 1 2013
Format: Netgalley | Kindle | 285 pages
Genre: YA | Romance
Julia has been in love with Michael for years. He’s the hottest guy in school, and she can’t believe her luck when they finally hit it off during Senior Prom. Her dream doesn’t last, though: after a few dates, he callously dumps her out of the blue. Summer vacation starts with Julia feeling heart-broken and miserable.
But then she rescues Michael in the woods when he has a motorcycle accident in a heavy thunderstorm. From that point onward, her life is turned upside down. Michael has changed completely after the blow to the head that nearly killed him... and he wants her back. But why is he so different? And will she be able to trust him this time around?
Can the boy who broke your heart ever win it back again..?
Oh goodness, this read really didn't agree with me. It was so disappointing too, because of the fact it had the potential to be a great, unique read - it just needed a tremendous amount of polishing.
My biggest problem was the characters. They weren't believable to me at all. I think any reader will agree with me when I say, when the characters aren't relatable and are just too far over on the side of bland or expressionless, the book becomes such a chore to finish.
Julia aggravated me…a lot. I really started to hate the way her emotions bounced all over the place - I'm pretty sure nobody thinks the way Julia does. She was way too quick to forgive and it made her look undeserving. And by that I mean, Julia had something really bad happen to her and then within a couple of meetings between characters, it was ok. That could actually work, if there was any sort of explanation or extraordinary apology where the one responsible is genuinely regretting his actions. That was not the case. It was almost as if his actions were blamed on someone else entirely and it just didn't make sense. It made Julia look incredibly weak.
The same goes for all the supporting characters. The dialogue, or any interactions between them for that matter, came across as incredibly forced to me, so much so that it became almost painful to read. Like that awkward, cringe worthy pain of someone being forced to listen to something they shouldn't be listening to.
The plot itself was where it was disappointing. There were hints of a great story hidden by awkward writing and terrible characters. I seriously think if the whole thing is reworked it could be something special but safe to say, this time around was a big let down.
My rating: 1/10