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Lauren has a good life: decent grades, great friends, and a boyfriend every girl lusts after. So why is she so unhappy?
It takes the arrival of Evan Kirkland for Lauren to figure out the answer: She's been holding back. She's been denying herself a bunch of things (like sex) because staying with her loyal and gorgeous boyfriend, Dave, is the "right" thing to do. After all, who would give up the perfect boyfriend?
But as Dave starts talking more and more about their life together, planning a future Lauren simply can't see herself in -- and as Lauren's craving for Evan, and moreover, who she is with Evan becomes all the more fierce -- Lauren realizes she needs to make a choice...before one is made for her.
231 pages, Paperback
First published April 24, 2007
Lauren is a girl who isn’t considered to be popular, but is only popular because she is dating the ultra-perfect-popular guy in school. Lauren is full of insecurities and she only stays with her boyfriend, Dave, because it’s the right thing for her to do so she doesn’t become her mom. Then Evan Kirkland moves back. Evan’s mom used to date Lauren’s dad and they developed a close friendship and now when she sees him she can’t deny her sudden attraction to him. Even if being with Evan means Lauren is more like her mom than she cares to admit. I’m not sure how to rate this book. I liked it and enjoyed it, but at the same time I was frustrated with Lauren and her choices.
The main female character is Lauren. I could relate to Lauren in some ways, but then I wanted to bitch slap her to the moon and back. Her choices were idiotic and made me frown at her stupidity. If I was in her shoes I would’ve just dumped Mr. Perfect in the first place. No, I wouldn’t have even dated him for as long as she did. She didn’t even really like him all that much but stayed with him because she didn’t want to be like her mom. Lauren needed to get over this speed bump of not becoming her mom. Her fear of not being her mom was actually making her, her mom. I can’t hate her completely thought because her mistakes just show that she is human.
The main male characters are Evan and Dave. Dave was Lauren’s boyfriend and he was played like a violin. Poor guy, he seemed nice but that’s it. He had no depth and I can’t even remember what he was like (I read this book back in January so that might be why). Evan was interesting, but aside from him sounding hot and sweet I felt like I didn’t get to know him.
Lauren’s best friend, Katie, was so superficial. Every time she would walk into the book I would groan at her superficial remarks… and then towards the end it’s obvious she has more problems than Lauren and is a really good friend. Katie was the not-so-great friend. I think Katie should get her own novel. She would be interesting.
This book was all about Lauren. Lauren’s problems, choices, and Lauren, Lauren, Lauren. I think Lauren needs to sit down and let someone have the spotlight for a second.
The other characters needed love to and I don’t think they got that. The book had some good points and I got emotional at one point, even though it wasn’t really that sad, but compared to Living Dead Girl (also by Scott and my first book by her) this book failed to be special or touching. So this novel wasn't character driven, but I felt meh towards everything, but at the same time I was invested in finding out what happened. That probably made absolutely no sense but I'm conflicted when it comes to Bloom. Not Scott’s best work, but I’m still going to pick up her other books.