by Jen Frederick
I really don't understand my reaction to this book, because...well, I should have liked it. But I didn't and I can't really pin point much about the book that I thought was inherently bad to explain why I disliked it so much.Summary: For four years, Grace Sullivan wrote to a Marine she never met, and fell in love. But when his deployment ended, so did the letters. Ever since that day, Grace has been coasting, academically and emotionally. The one thing she’s decided? No way is Noah Jackson — or any man — ever going to break her heart again.
Noah has always known exactly what he wants out of life. Success. Stability. Control. That’s why he joined the Marines and that’s why he’s fighting his way — literally — through college. Now that he’s got the rest of his life on track, he has one last conquest: Grace Sullivan. But since he was the one who stopped writing, he knows that winning her back will be his biggest battle yet.
I just didn't like the characters. The wasn't anything particularly awful about them, but they were all kind of bland.
Maybe that was the problem I had with the book in general...the blandness. All of it, not just the characters. The plot was dull, it seemed to drag on and on in a monotonous sort of way. The romance was totally void of any spark (and at times, things Noah thought were just crossing into creepy, possessive territory), I didn't care whether Noah and Grace got together because there was nothing really interesting about them as a couple.
I think the disappointment of the romance was the biggest downfall. There was no angst, no passion, no chemistry between the characters, no real build-up it was just... It felt like I'd picked up a mug and took a sip expecting hot chocolate only to find it was filled with warm water. And we were told they felt this way about each other but never shown why really--even Noah's letters he sent her were boring, it didn't seem much like he was talking to her so much as at her in the letters.
Also, the age thing bugged me a bit. Grace is 19, Noah is 23... that isn't too bad, except the story says she was writing to him for 6 years, which would've made her a minor during most of their correspondence. She started writing to him when she was maybe about 14 years old and he would've been about 18, but the way he talked it was like she had been his pen pal girlfriend who stayed faithful to him for 4 years while he was away, and him and the other Marines lusted over her prom pictures which is just--I dunno, something about it just felt kind of wrong.
Basically, it was just a whole lot of dull and boring. The summary made it sound awesome, and it should've been...it could've been, but it fell short in the execution. I wrote a discussion post a while ago on the worst thing a book can be and my answer was boring.
I'd rate the book 1.5 stars out of 5, but if it the summary sounds interesting to you then maybe check it out for yourself and it might work out better for you than it did for me.