I know a lot of you are going to disagree with me, but here goes....
Nora Grey is forced to sit next to the new guy, Patch, in biology class one day. He knows more about her than he should, and trouble starts to follow her around.
I should have listened to Misty at Book Rat. I still haven't read her spoilery rant, but I will be hitting that as soon as I finish here.
This was compulsively readable, I have to admit that. I read it in one shift at work. But, oh my gosh, I mostly loathed these characters.
Nora is basically the girl in the horror movie who manages to run the wrong way at every turn, even if there's a door standing wide open in front of her, until she eventually gets herself caught in a dead end. You know how frustrating it is to watch that, yelling at the screen, "Don't go down to the deserted basement! Run out the freaking door!" Yeah, that was me reading about Nora.
Vee, Nora's best friend, was just looking for trouble, and she definitely found it.
Patch. Ugh, Patch. He pushed all kinds of the wrong buttons for me. I know a lot of girls love this bad boy, but I couldn't stand him. Bad boys should have a touch of sweet underneath everything. I never quite found that. Oh, at the very end, he comes through, but he's been such a jerk throughout everything that it was way too late for me. I didn't like the way that he was constantly teasing Nora, keeping her off balance, laughing at her, and disrespecting her boundaries. And, girls, let me just say that if a guy who says he loves you ever slams you on the bed and traps you, that is not love. That is violence. No excuses. End of debate.
There was a definite Twilight feel at times, but the story was mostly it's own thing. I mostly felt like it really wanted to be an "Adult" book *nudge nudge, wink wink*, but someone decided to market it to young adults and try to ride Twilight's coat tails. I might not have been quite so indignant about everything if it had been an adult book. Girls should not be seeing these kinds of relationships and thinking that they want to find a love like that. This was not love. It was lust and it was violent at times. That is not good for anyone.