Privilege by Bethany-Kris was an interesting and brilliant read. I loved all aspects of the novel, and found the story and the characters interesting.
Firstly, I loved the societal themes that ran through the novel. It wasn't just the basis of poor boy meets rich girl, you actually got to look into Renzo's life and see the underlying cause of it. Being poor in any circumstances, is not easy at all. Like it is said in the novel, it is not a choice. Some people have no choice being in the situation simply for a reason, whether it is small or big, and seeing this was refreshing. It shows the judgement being shown from both sides of the world, and shows how ultimately that effects your future.
It was also interesting seeing it from Lucia's eyes, as although rich beyond means, she was trapped in a life that she just got used to, was sheltered. To see her grow as person away from her father's and his wealth's shadow, was brilliant, and inspiring. It showed that even with money, life isn't always an oil painting.
The novel also deals with relationships, familial relationships, and love. You get to see both sides of the coin in Privilege, and it gives an almost rounded feel. Like I said before, not all is what it seems.
The author also goes into another subject and that is with addiction to drugs/alcohol, but mainly drugs. It looks at how it not only destroys the addict, but how the effect spreads onto everybody else, and how, in certain circumstances, that one thing that is destroying you is also keeping you afloat. It's deeply insightful and eye-opening, and will make you look at the world differently.
Privilege is not your typical romance. It looks at society in a way that can't be ignored. The author definitely opens your eyes to the unfortunate parts of the world, and to also show that money may be a necessity, but it shouldn't cost your soul or your life. I really enjoyed this novel and am looking forward to the second of this series.