6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good concept, but badly expressed. Disappointing.,
This review is from: Nothing Left to Lose (Guarded Hearts Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Okay, I remember reading this book on Wattpad a few years ago when I was 16 and thinking it was so dramatic and Ashton was so sweet with Anna, but reading it again I've come to realise that it is actually awfully written. Every few sentences includes "pretty boy" or "baby girl", I'm sorry, who EVER solely calls someone after their 'nickname', and only calls someone by their name if they're mad at them? I did feel sympathy for Anna because this book deals with very serious topics, however the Author seemed oblivious to the obstacles in overcoming these issues and wrote this book in such a way that it dismissed them. It was not at all realistic, and I'm not talking about realism in terms of 'that would never happen in real life' or the imaginitive sense, I mean it was just childish. This seems to be quite a common theme with this Author, dealing with rape in such a way that it proves you need to meet 'the one' before you can overcome any issues. The only character I really liked was Nate, he was very funny and his story Enjoying the Chase was entertaining. Another issue I had was that a lot of the scenes from both of these books were literally the exact same scenes from the television show friends? Like when Nate is accused of not calling a girl back and he blames it on her not giving him her number, this is exactly the same as when Joey uses the excuse in friends? Or when Nate threatens to tell everyone about the time that Ashton was making out with a supposed girl when they were at a club that had suspiciously big hands and whatever, again; this is exactly as used in friends? The Author didn't even seem to be inspired by certain things, she just literally changed the situation to fit hers and used the idea with basically the same script. I'm sorry but Kirsty's books are for those who want to read cute stories, about overcoming 'serious' events (but dealt with in a childish, dismissive way) and they aren't at all enlightening in terms of character progression, the characters seem to suddenly evolve to a certain mindset when the 'hero' saves them, or someone. What I really want to say is the plot was thin, and the characters weren't very deep. Typical 'player turns adoring boyfriend' the second they set eyes on the girl, based on her beauty, even though she wears baggy clothes and no makeup (there is nothing wrong with that, just that supposed 'greek god look-alike players' who sleep with a different girl every day do not suddenly fall in love as soon as they set eyes on someone in this kind of attire before they even speak to them. If you're looking for a superficial, thin read then maybe this is for you. I just think there could have been something good here and it was ruined by the Authors style.