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This review is from: Pretend (Pretend Series, Book #1) (Kindle Edition)
I'm not really sure how to feel about this book. There were times when I liked it, but mostly times where I thought it was too boring and unrealistic.
There were a couple of issues with the book. Firstly it dragged quite a lot in some places, huge parts where characters were just playing Mario Cart or whatever could definately have been cut considering that this went on for quite a few pages. I also felt that there were too many problems that the book tries to address, such as having a miscarriage, having an absent father who suddenly returns, also Rachel and Jake's parts in the book were way too brief. We don't learn about her miscarriage or absent father until the author decides to bring it up, quite a way into the book. These problems don't come across as authentic because April never mentions it before the author decides to throw it in, then she's really emotional and just as quickly as it comes it's gone. It's the same with the characters of Rachel and Jake. Jake, who is rather psychotic only appears a few times, and during those times he physically hurts her, threatens her, stalks her when she's waling home and texts her a few times. Apart from that we don't see him to the end when he does something extreme. His character never felt realistic to me because April hardly paid him a thought unless he had text her or if he suddenly appeared. It was literally `out of sight, out of mind' which didn't feel authentic because if someone had physically harmed you and threatened you, you would definitely be scared at the very least.
If this book focused on one the problems it addresses it would be a lot better.