Title: Perfect Escape (Family Portrait series #4)
Author: Gillian Felix
Published Date: 7th December 2014
Published Date: 7th December 2014
Rating: 2 stars
*Thank you to the author for the review copy*
Synopsis: In this coming-of-age story, teen singing sensation Leighann DaCosta tries to find out who she is without her music career. A career that has been part of her life since before the age of ten. When Leighann’s estranged father enters her life, she is caught up in a tug-of-war between both parents. Does she trust the man who abandoned her as a baby, or a mother who is losing her mind? When heartthrob Zax Banovic is assigned to tutor Leighann, he provides her with the perfect escape from the madness in her life. Enter Kristin Newman, Zax’s super-hot, sickeningly perfect, tennis-pro girlfriend, who dampens any chance Leighann has with him. After the unthinkable happens, Leighann’s world is shattered, causing her to shut everyone out. Unable to cope, Leighann accepts help from her frenemy, but will the help she accept come with a hefty price?
Review: Hm, this is a tough one to review. I almost gave it three stars, but lowered the score. I will tell you why.
I did jump into the middle of this series but it wasn’t a problem at all. This could be read as a standalone, and without it sounding to infodump-like the author managed to give us a good summary of what happened in the previous books. For that I am grateful.
But this book was clichéd in some aspects and not in some others. It was set in high school and we got the kind of clichéd romance story. An ex-superstar (who is somehow seen as the invisible girl) fancies the popular guy. And then we have the whole she likes him, but he likes someone else, and that person is cheating on him, etc… those typical lines of romances we see in some YA stories. Frankly, it kind of bored me. I wanted something new.
At the same time, there were some aspects that were unique. When the ending was coming together there was a shocking event which I didn’t expect to see heading our way. It was nice to see something new dive into the middle of the story. As well as that, the book deals with some pretty tough topics like drugs, divorce and being a child and feeling like the parent at home. I liked seeing those in there.
|Words I wanted to tell Leighann|
However, even though I did like them, it was hard to make myself like them as much as I wanted to. That was because there was a very simplistic writing style. And by simplistic, I mean very simplistic. I wanted the author to use some more complex language to make the story three dimensional and so that everything could run a bit deeper, play more on my emotions than simply be a story told to me. And because the writing style lacked that I felt like the novel didn’t have as much of an impact on me as it could’ve.
Again, due to the writing style I felt like I never got to know the characters well enough. There were quite a few of them which may have constituted to that fact. I also felt like I only knew them on the surface like it was superficial. Which made me sad because there were some that showed potential here, like Leighann.
I don’t think I have much more to say. This is a pretty good read, and if you wanted something a bit typical and fast for one day or so, then this could be for you!
Olivia’s Question: Do you often read books in one sitting or a day?