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Friday, October 18, 2013

Keeping Her (Losing It #1.5) [Bliss Edwards & Garrick Taylor] by Cora Carmack

This is a very romantic sweet story of Bliss and Garrick. It's about a year after they moved together to Philadelphia. on the table is their first meeting with Garrick's parents in London. They are both VERY stressed about it since Garrick's mother isn't a very agreeable person and in general both his parents didn't approve of him leaving London and pursuing his interest in acting.  

I guess I read this one in the "wrong order" since this book was published after Faking It (Losing It #2) but it doesn't matter because it doesn't mention any of Bliss's friends anyway. 

I liked that this novella has both their POVs. In the first novel I think it would have been cool to know what Garrick was thinking through all the "crazy" that is Bliss :) but it's not that I felt it was missing (I'm just being snoopy ;)). In this story since we are talking about his family and friends it was good to have both their prospective. It was nice meeting Garrick two best friends from his childhood/adolescence since till now we didn't have anything of him / about him from his past or even present (well, he was new in Texas...) 

His problems with his family, to me, seems like misunderstanding of an adolescence. He left home at the age of 20 to pursue his life as he wanted to live it. It's not that his parents are "monsters" / doesn't care about him. and now, 8 years later I think he "gets" them so it felt "all for nothing" to me. His parents are not perfect but no one is.. 

What happens between Bliss and his mother (no spoilers! :)) didn't seem probable to me. I couldn't "see" it in my eyes. 

The thing that REALLY annoyed me, is something he keeps saying to her. I'm not gonna write it (no spoilers :)) but it was extremely sticky. In "real life" I would see it (and actually did! :D) as forced in a way. Like trying to get approval when feeling uncertain. In my eyes its not "sweet" its just smells like lack of self confidence with a dab of wanting attention and her affirmation of her love for him. 

I wrote in the previous review that for me, they feel like teenagers or close to it. I'm not that far from 28, and, Garrick, with the experience he had, sounds a lot younger. She is about 23 I guess, which maybe, with her (lack of) experience can be a little "childish" with relationships. But still, they feel too-young adults.

I'm giving it 4 stars though I think that it deserves 3.5 from my personal reading experience because most of my problem is them being as I said "too young adults" and since this is a YA novella, its fitting. But I expect more from adults.. (23-28 are adults to me ;)), If they were 5 years younger, I would have found it more fitting to their behavior.

Additional Details: Kindle Ebook, 100 pages, 15-17 October 2013 / On GoodReads

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