Sit back, my lovelies, and stay a spell. I have a review for you! I recently borrowed this gem from my library because it looked and sounded great. After the story started rolling, I had to constantly check the “information” portion of the audio because I was so sure I had downloaded the wrong book.
Short recap: Taliah is sure her father is the lead singer from a famous music band. She writes him letters after finding a box in her mother’s room that also hinted to him being her dad. He shows up one day and everything changes.
Yeah, that’s a bad recap of the story but it was the best I could do because this was a terrible story for me. I still do not have a good reason as to why I finished because I did not like the characters or the story. I liked the plot but the way it was delivered was not thought out. You want me to believe that when Taliah finally comes face to face with her father – one she was told didn’t want her – she treats him like crap? She did have every right to be upset but she didn’t have to treat him like he was beneath her. Taliah was the main reaosn I did not like this story. She was such a petulant, spoiled, selfish snot that I wanted to slap her. She also thought it was a good idea to leave her home and travel to her Dad’s family’s home without telling her mom? What mental is this girl?! All she knows about her dad was the stuff she found from Googling him and still she doesn’t hesitate to get into a car and go on a road trip with him. I bet you can see my eyes rolling from where you are, can’t you?
Alright, now is the time that I admit that Taliah did not go on this trip alone. She convinced her best friend, Harlow, to go with her. Harlow started out as a great character – the trusting lesbian BFF that has Taliah’s back. While at her grandparent’s house, Taliah and Harlow decide to have a huge blow up argument that ends in Harlow leaving. The argument was poorly timed and badly placed. Not sure it was the best spot for that to happen, even if it did need to happen. Harlow unleashed on Taliah about how she doesn’t open up to let people in, blah blah blah. Harlow may be right but there is a time and place for everything. Having the discussion in another state at your best friend’s grandparent’s house was not the time/place. Harlow ends up going back home and leaving Taliah alone with her father. So much for BFF, amiright?
The other thing that really drove me nuts was the instalove with Toby. Taliah runs into him by accident during her first day and falls instalove/lust with him. Gross. Toby was described to be the “boy next door” so why shouldn’t I love him? Maybe because I don’t like instalove at all. I think it cheapens a story. Plus, how am I supposed to believe that a girl that just found her father and lost her best friend due to having walls up is going to open up to a complete stranger?? I’m not buying for one minute.
While I’m not a total heartless reader, I did like the idea of a long lost father relocating with his child, I did not like it in this story. The story of how Taliah’s parents met was so very rushed and unfulfilling. I stayed with the story mainly to find out what happened so many years ago but it was not ever explained. The closer the story came to a close, I had to accept the fact that nothing was going to be answered. I was not given enough time to learn about the parents and whether I really liked them or not. I don’t think I liked the mom but that feels like a rushed decision since I only learned about her in past tense.
Overall, I am disappointed with what I read. I wanted more depth and more substance from this. I did not like reading about a snot nosed whiny teenager that threw a temper tantrum whenever she didn’t get her way. The ending was super rushed and nothing was resolved. Maybe it was and I just missed it. Either way, I’m upset I did not DNF this book. This was not what I was expecting.