December 14, 2015

Book Review: NOT OKAY, CUPID by Heidi R. Kling

Book:  Not Okay, Cupid
Author:  Heidi R. Kling
Publisher:   Entangled: Crush
Genre:  Romance, Teens & YA
Due Out:  January 11, 2016

Blurb via Goodreads:

Her wicked revenge, or his wicked heart...

Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex.

Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart.

With an alliance in place, Hazel’s revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge...or Felix, the boy who’s stolen her heart.

My Review:

Fluffy. Frothy. Shallow. Light.

The story is not unusual.  Best friend cheats with the perfect boyfriend.  Cue devastation, tears, frustration and plans for revenge.  But as with every plot there is always a way to set it apart from others.  This one however, goes with the sea of sameness.  In other words, unimpressive.

Hazel and Felix are very different in that she’s a Type A girl while he is known as the La Playa, as in sleeping-around-with-commitment-issues player.  Yet, written with the two different points of view, they are practically the same person.  Sure Hazel is uptight as Felix is loose, but at the core of it all they are the same.  Which is pretty confusing.

There were many references to 80s movies and current pop culture that makes it so NOW, but it still didn’t distract me from the fact that it’s so long drawn out with the same thoughts, insecurities and questions going over and over and over again, sometimes taking up several pages.  Imagine one thought stretching to seven freaking pages! 

Nope…. Not a happy reader.  I had to flip through many “internal struggles” of the main protagonists just so I can still have the mental energy to finish the book.  It was like going through a loop with no end in sight.  The cuteness of the characters ended for me after the first three chapters, it was just downhill after that.

Much as I like reading light romances and Young Adult fiction, this one just doesn’t cut it.  I’m definitely skipping a reread.

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