Review: Sweetness by Lindsay Paige

Sweetness (Bold As Love, #1)Emily wished she was invisible. But after moving to a new town with her dad, a charming boy makes it impossible for her to disappear. Despite her feelings of unworthiness, Emily soon finds herself drawn to the safety of Jake's world. 

Good looking and the star of the hockey team, Jake has a lot going for him. What most people don't see is the difficult life he has at home. When quiet Emily steals his heart, Jake vows to help her discover she is worthy of love.

Just when the two of them realize the sweetness of their relationship, they are put to the test. Only together can they overcome their haunted pasts to fight for a future together.

I want to start off by saying that considering the authors age, this book is pretty good. I enjoyed it and I came to care about the characters easily and since it's a pretty short book it was a quick and engaging read. However, there were quite a few issues which keep this book from being fantastic, which I know it had the potential to be.

I like reading books about real characters that go through real issues and let me tell you that these characters go through a lot of issues... both Jake and Emily are pretty messed up. My problem with this is that the issues weren't explored - we know what happened to the characters but not how or why these things happened and so I couldn't really sympathise. I also think that the characters were able to deal a lot better than they should have and so it didn't seem that realistic.

I really liked the characters and the romance. Jake was amazingly sweet to Emily and the two of them were so real and so well written. I did have one thing that stuck with me at the beginning though; at the start Emily is all 'nobody likes me... I'm invisible... blah' and then when jake tries to get to know her she doesn't try to listen. It's like... stop complaining if you don't want to make an effort girl!

Overall, a realistic book with real issues that will strike a chord with teens. I found that the book was just to short to fit all of the themes in though.

Overall Rating: C-

Book received from author in exchange for an honest review.

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