I'm Thalia! I run a book blog called Pictures in the Words and I hope to be an editor for YA fiction. I'm a GoodReads refugee!
Okay, surely you don't need a religious background to think a seventeen-year-old guy should show a little more hesitancy before having sex with a girl he met six days ago? And, whoaaaa, then she totally ignores him the next day.
This book pisses me off on so many levels.(show spoiler)
but Oliver is way more concerned about his relationship with Lacey than a petty thing like what happened the day before. They're so in lahv and it's only been six days, and he's going to "fix" her.
Plus, Oliver keeps saying these weird thoughts about the differences between men and women, and he's really possessive of Lacey.
"I finally had my girl back."
"...and Esther looked like she was winning the argument, just like every other woman on the planet. I think it was some unwritten rule that a women would always win an argument against a man, no matter the subject. As I'd learned over my years, there was nothing a man could do that a women couldn't do better, at least so they said."
"If I ever wanted her back, I would have to be the one to go to her room when the lights went out and the darkness filled these halls. The thoughts of sneaking down to her room terrified me to no ends. I felt, as a guy, that it would look worse for me to sneak down there than for her to sneak into my room. I think that adults generally see guys, especially teenager ones, as sex crazed and horny all of the time. With all of the aids and nurses being women, if they did a check and saw me in there late at night they would likely think I was in there for that purpose, which I was clearly not. If they caught a girl in my room late at night, I didn't think they would assume the same, for women in general were a thousand percent less sex crazed than men."
"She was safe with me, and I wanted her to know it. Other people might not have given her a chance, an she was a very hurt and damaged girl, but I was going to nurture and fixed her, whether she liked it or not." (emphasis mine)
"Sometimes I just wished that women, at least the ones I knew, would just be upfront and honest just like every other man on this planet."
What the heck, Oliver? You obviously have some issues.
Then there are just some things that make you really want to slap someone.
"...my daddy is in jail..."
The kid saying this is twelve, and the author treats him like he's six. This is not an accurate representation of almost any twelve-year-old, and it bothers the heck out of me every time Marcus is in a scene.
These things could mess with your mind, and it made me believe that Seasonal Affective Disorder was a real thing, especially when you were trapped in a hospital.
It MADE YOU BELIEVE A DISORDER IS ACTUALLY A DISORDER? DID YOU THINK PEOPLE WITH SAD JUST MADE IT UP BEFORE OR AM I MISSING SOMETHING? GLAD YOU'VE DEIGNED TO RECOGNIZE A MEDICAL DISORDER AS SOMETHING REAL, KAY BYE.
"I'd rather be made miserable by you than happy by anyone else."
Aw, I just love when books promote abusive relationships.
...her body taunting me like a chocolate doughnut taunting a diabetic.
This is because she happens to be walking in front of him and he just can't stop staring at her butt. How dare her!
I shouldn't even talk about Oliver and why he's in there. Oliver says he's depressed, but he seems to just want space from his parents. Lacey has apparently "cured" him, and when she's not there, he's "depressed" all over again. Plus, let's just remember that the doctor talked to him for three seconds before diagnosing him with bi-polar disorder. The medical information and representation in this book is hecka messed up. And Oliver pisses me off on so many levels.