Author: Katie Kacvinsky
# Of Pages: 208
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: May 8th 2012
Source: Many thanks to the wonderful Houghton Mifflin for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 2 Hearts
Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl always searching for what’s next, seemingly unable to settle down, is the exact opposite: full of light and life. On the outside, they seem like an unlikely couple. But looks can be deceiving and besides, opposites attract.
What starts as friendship, turns into admiration, respect and caring, until finally these two lone souls find they are truly in love with each other.
But staying in love is not as easy as falling in love. If Dylan and Gray want their love to last, they’re going to have to work at it. And learn that sometimes love means having to say you’re sorry.
This book just wasn’t for me. I absolutely loved Katie’s first book, Awaken, and couldn’t wait to read anything else by her. I knew this book would be different; Awaken was dystopian this was contemporary. The writing was just as wonderful as her first book but I didn’t care for the story at all.
This is a story of firsts. First encounter, first kiss, first love, first obstacle, so many firsts.
The story is told from alternative points of view, which I really enjoyed. Sometimes it switches perspective in the middle of a chapter but it’s clearly marked when it does, so as not to confuse the reader.
Gray has done nothing but build walls around himself, ever since his twin sister died, in an attempt to block out the rest of the world. That is until Dylan shows up and starts to break down those walls.
Gray & Dylan meet at community college were they are both taking summer courses. During their first conversation Dylan asks Gray to give her a tour of the city, talk about being blunt, but that is just Dylan. She is outgoing, goofy, honest, and completely her own person; she doesn’t care what other people think of her. At first Gray thinks she’s completely weird but slowly he realizes his feelings for her have taken a complete 360.
I honestly didn’t care for Gray or Dylan. Gray was kind of blah, and Dylan was really annoying most of the time.
This book is definitely NOT for young readers. There was a lot of sexual content that even at age twenty-one made me squirm. There are multiple sex scenes where TOO MUCH INFORMATION! TO MUCH INFORMATION! Was blaring like a siren in my mind. There was also a bit of swearing, including the F word.
Overall, between the swearing and level of sexual content, this just wasn’t the book for me. I like reading about cute & sweet romances not hot and heavy ones. Despite my disappointment in this one, I’m still a big fan of Katie and can’t wait to read Middle Ground (sequel to Awaken!) when it comes out.